Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 2012 Selection

Happy New Year! It's time to begin another year of Book Club. We are on our 4th year! Can you believe it? As many of you know, I am currently enrolled more than full time in school and work and have difficulty finding time to read anything other than a textbook much less try to pre-screen books. It is with this concern that this years book club selections will be selected by YOU or others in the church who would like to share their favorite selections. Each month the selection will be a featured favorite, still in the category of Christan or Inspirational.

This month's selection is one passed along from Samford Turner, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of South Alabama. We will be reading The Noticer by Andy Andrews. This does happen to be one that I have read and had been thinking about doing for book club for quite some time. It is inspirational fiction (although you will recognize a lot of truth in it too) set in Orange Beach, AL. The book is 176 pages and here is a brief description:

Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. An elderly man with white hair, of indiscriminate age and race, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and leather flip flops carrying a battered old suitcase, Jones is a unique soul. Communicating what he calls "a little perspective," Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. "Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely," he says. "Don't squander your words or your thoughts. Consider even the simplest action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure…and they matter forever." Jones speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what we can do about it. (end quote from

I'm really excited about this book to start off the New Year, maybe it will make us all notice things a little more often throughout the year. An e-mail will be sent with ordering information but I do know that copies are available in our Church Library and the Public Library.

The Chick-Fil-A meeting was a nice change and we are going to meet there again this January 28th at 830 AM and will meet until 10AM. Invite your friends and family, the more the merrier. If you would prefer us keep meetings at the church, let me know. Your opinion counts, no feelings hurt here!

Now one last thing I need from you. To make this year's book club work I need YOU to e-mail me your favorite books that you think our group will enjoy. Please Please Please, e-mail me your ideas, whether you are a regular attendee or you just read along with us and don't attend the meetings, it doesn't matter!!! I need you to keep this year going. I have provided a list of books we have already read at the bottom of the email so you can see what has already been done.

Happy Reading!

Past Book Selections

January – The Help by Kathryn Stockett
February – The practice of the presence of God by Brother Lawrence
March – Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza
April – Have a little faith by Mitch Albom
May – Heaven is for real by Todd Burpo
June – Under the overpass by Mike Yankoski
July – Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
August – What different do it make? by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
September – The Book of Ruth (The Bible)

January – The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
February – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
March – God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
April – A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
May – Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
June – The Measure of a Lady by Deanne Gist
July – A shepherd looks at the 23rd Psalm by Phillip Keller
August – Redemption by Karen Kingsbury
September – For One More Day by Mitch Albom

January – Traveling Light by Max Lucado
February – Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
March – Same kind of different as me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
April – The Shack by William P. Young
May – Having a Mary heart in a Martha world by Joanna Weaver
June – The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
July – The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
August – The Five people you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
September – One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury

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