REFORMED READERS

Tuesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, 2007). 

If you’ve read or watched the television version of Olive Kitteridge, you know all about Elizabeth Strout’s wonderful story telling.  In this novel, we meet Tyler Caskey, an ordinary pastor who serves a church in a small New England town in Maine.   Strout considers his life, love, God, and community with her boundless compassion and graceful prose.  (Donna Wenger, Leader)

 

Reformed Readers is a bit different than your typical book group. Everyone is invited and can participate without committing to all the sessions. (Or sometimes without even reading the whole book – although, if you enjoy the discussions, we hope you will return!)

 

You’ll find both these books in our church library, local public libraries, or from your favorite bookseller.  (Please note that the Martin Luther King, Jr. book is not new; so if you want to purchase a copy, you may need to buy a used one.)

“I Say Things You’re Not Supposed to Say”

 

“Hello, I’m Barbara Brown Taylor.  I say things you’re not supposed to say.”  Awfully provocative, isn’t it?  This opening statement on Taylor’s website is a wonderful introduction to Taylor, an Episcopalian priest, writer, teacher, and self-proclaimed spiritual contrarian. 

 

In her latest book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, Taylor recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia.  She considers the many ways people encounter the Divine, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes. Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions—even those whose truths are quite different from hers.  

 

If you're curious, please join Reformed Readers on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Library as we discuss this fascinating author and her latest book.  Or, if you need more encouragement to read it, search the Internet for “Fresh Air Barbara Brown Taylor” and listen to Terry Gross’ 36-minute interview.  I guarantee after listening you’ll want to get a copy right away. Copies are available from the Church Library, your local public library, or your favorite bookseller. 

 

About MSPC Reformed Readers:  Participants read and discuss contemporary or classic fiction and non-fiction books that reflect the issues and problems facing our community and the world-at-large.  Participation in some or all of the discussions (about 4 times a year) is open to those who have read the book or those who are interested in the topic or author. For more information, talk with Jonelle Darr 497-2385 or email Jonelle.Prether.Darr@gmail.com

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