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 (September through May). Why not join us!
The Pulitzer Prize winning book "Evicted" is a story about living in poverty, a story set right in our own backyard. Matthew Desmond followed a few families living in rental units Milwaukee's low income areas, the largely segregated "near North side" and rental mobile homes near the airport. We learn of the struggle to survive when over half your income goes for rent. We learn of regulations that favor landlords over renters. We learn of landlord profits at the renter's expense. We learn of the consequences for the whole family when you have been evicted. This book is about our neighbors. Join us as we seek to understand our role in "loving" these people, our neighbors.
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November 6th - November 20th
Jimmy Carter is not only known as our 39th president, he is known for his service as a Sunday School Teacher at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia. While we can’t take a group trip to Plains, our next book gives us the opportunity to learn from this world-famous Sunday School Teacher. In the Introduction to his book, Carter writes that “my goal is to explore the broader meaning of faith, its far-reaching effect on our lives, and its relationship to past, present, and future events in America and around the world.”(Preface, Faith e-book version page 11). As reviewers have stated, Carter shows us how to live our faith, how to doubt it, and how to find faith again.”
November 6th - Introduction, Chapters 1-2 and Handout
November 13th - Chapters 3 - 4
November 20th - Chapters 5-6 and Afterword
November 27th - December 18th
This Advent study looks at the story of Jesus birth from the perspective of its implications for how we live out our lives as Christians. Over the four weeks, we will look at what the birth story has to say about love, humility, lifestyle and obedience. Throughout the study we are challenged to keep in mind that “Christmas is not my birthday”, that it is not about presents, but rather about our presence.
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.
This book focuses 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. This book provides us an opportunity to take an honest look at how we are doing, and what we need to do.
This book contains short essays on 40 topics related to growing old gracefully. The author invites us to embrace older age as a natural part of life that is both active and contemplative, productive and reflective, and deeply rewarding. Each essay concludes with the blessing and the burden the topic presents. Perhaps the most important dimension of older age, Joan Chittister illuminates, is to become aware of its profound purpose: These are the capstone years, the time in which a whole new life is in the making again. The gift of these years is not merely being alive, it is the gift of becoming more fully alive than ever.
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.