As Christians there is much to learn as we journey toward discipleship. The Tuesday Morning Book Group at Still Waters Church helps us along the way by offering open discussion and exploration of ideas in a friendly and compassionate environment. The group reads a wide variety of books selected to stretch our minds and grow our faith. And as we read, we learn about ourselves and each other, strengthening friendships and building community. The group meets at 10:00 on Tuesday mornings. Why not join us!
Beginning February 20th...
In the introduction to The Gift of Years, Ms. Chittister describes the book as for:
- Those who have just received their first mail message from AARP, yet know they are young and healthy
- Those who are concerned about their parents and the kinds of issues order age may be raising
- Those who want to reflect on the gradual effects of the aging process in their own lives
- Those who do not “feel” old whatever their chronological age, but who one day realize . . . that they have not managed to elude it.
The book contains short essays on 40 topics concluding each topic with the blessing and the burden the topic presents. We will approach it as a daily meditation, with topics easily read in 15 minutes or less, using the topics for the week as a starting point for our discussions.
Beginning April 3rd...
We will end our “Book Group Season” with a focus on building an inclusive church community. Pavlovitz begins with the concept of church as being like the family dinner table. With whom do we open home and invite to the family table? To whom do we open our church doors and invite for worship? When we look at those with whom Jesus dined, how are we doing at creating the kind of church Jesus had in mind? If these questions fail to give you a flavor of the challenge the book presents, just think of John Wesley, the places he preached, and the people he welcomed to the Methodist faith. The book provides us a chance to take an honest look at how we are doing, and what we need to do.
BOB is preparing for the Tuesday Morning Book Group. What will BOB be reading next? What books would you like to read next? We'd love to hear your ideas! Submit your suggestions by clicking on the link below.
In the Leader’s Guide for this book, John Ortberg states: “This is a study about getting close to one another. It’s about developing the kind of relationships that challenge us, sharpen us, support us, and grow with us. It’s about building the kind of relationships that God wants us to have with others and that he wants to have with us.”
Go on an Advent journey with beloved teacher and storyteller James W. Moore, exploring the spirit of Christmas. As you light the candles of your Advent wreath, reflect on the unbreakable gifts that God has given us: hope, love, joy, and peace. And remember God’s greatest gift, who comes to us as a baby and leads us through all the days of our lives.
In Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado writes, "The news about our anxiety is enough to make us anxious.” He knows what it feels like to be overcome by the worries and fear of life, which is why he is dedicated to helping millions of readers take back control of their minds and, as a result, their lives. Anxious for Nothing invites readers to delve into Philippians 4:6-7. After all, it is the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet, according to Amazon.
The Faith Club is a groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, It weaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another. The book summarizes the faith journeys of a Christian, Jew, and Muslim as they attempt to find common ground following the 9/11 strike in New York City.
Have you ever received a wonderful gift? It may have come in the form of an object, reflecting someone’s thoughtful reflection on your needs. It may have come as someone extended a hand to help with a task, or a shoulder upon which to cry in a time of trouble. Such wonderful gifts may leave you wondering, “What can I do in return?” In Generous Justice, Timothy Keller begins with the wonderful gift we have received from God through Jesus Christ, the gift of grace. He provides an answer for the question, “What can I do in response to this gracious gift?” by directing us to Matthew 10:8 (NIV) which says, “Freely you have received; now, freely give.” In Generous Justice, he explores how each and every one of us has a gift that will allow us in some way to say “thank you” by engaging in acts of compassion, mercy and justice.
We’re all searching. Sometimes the search is easy: simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Adam Hamilton believes that some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In this book for Lent, Easter, and beyond, Hamilton considers important questions of life, reality, and truth. He explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it and why it matters.
In this book, author Nabeel Qureshi provides an autobiographical account of his faith journey. Qureshi introduces us to Islam through his description of growing up in a devout Muslim family. As he develops friendships with Christians during his high school and college years, Qureshi begins to question Islam’s characterization of Jesus. He learns how to use the techniques applied by historians to test the beliefs offered by Islam and by Christianity regarding Jesus. The book follows Qureshi from his first exposure to a Christian worship service to the conclusions he reaches regarding Christianity and Islam.
Christianity has always been about being saved. But today what Christians need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we've received through bad theology. The loudest voices in Christianity today sound exactly like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus. Each of the 12 chapters proposes an antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as "Worship not Performance", "Temple not Program" and "Solidarity not Sanctimony".
There are many reasons to lose hope about the state of our world and our church, but Guyton offers one piece of good news: Jesus is saving the world from us, one Christian at a time.
They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Adam Hamilton's book searches for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. The clichés include:
- Everything happens for a reason.
- God helps those who help themselves.
- God won’t give you more than you can handle.
- God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
- Love the sinner, hate the sin.
- Everything happens for a reason.
Being close to God means communicating with him, and this communication is a two-way street—telling him what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what he is saying to us. It is this second half of our conversation with God that is so important but can also be so difficult. How can you be sure God is speaking to you? The key is to focus not so much on individual actions and decisions as on building our personal relationship with our Creator. Hearing God provides rich spiritual insight into how we can hear God's voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with him in the work of his kingdom.
Searching for Sunday is a book about all that is frustrating and beautiful and complicated about church. Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachael didn't want to go to church anymore. With all the hypocrisy, the politics, the huge budgets, and scandals, church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis presents a Christian worldview through a mythic tale. It takes place in Narnia, a world of magic. In Narnia, virtually every fairy tale or mythic creature imaginable comes alive. The mythic elements are used as a vehicle to tell a bigger story. It is an allegory in which Aslan represents Christ. Aslan's death to save Edmund's life and his subsequent resurrection are clear references to the life of Christ. All in all, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe presents the gospel in a powerful way that children can relate to, and adults can still learn from.