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message 1: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:13PM) (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
OK, we need to decide on a first book. Genre possibilities...

Christian generic
Christian philosophical
Philosophy
Classics


Ideas?


message 2: by Lauren (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:15PM) (new)

Lauren | 7 comments This might just be me, but I say we should not start with philosophy...=)


message 3: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:22PM) (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
Thoughts from anyone else? Hello?


message 4: by James (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

James Boling | 14 comments Sorry... sooooooooooooo busy... heard Steve Brown ("Key Life") say "busy as a mosquito in a nudist colony"... looking forward to participating when things lighten up a little.


message 5: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments Katie - has your dad told you about the song "Mother Russia"? Some time back you had mentioned the song "Ocean Gypsy"... "Mother Russia" is by the same group that (originally?) did "Ocean Gypsy". It is about Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

I would be happy to participate... I get in about 10-20 minutes of reading a day... when I am getting ready for bed LOL... takes me a while to get through a book.


message 6: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments Actually ... I probably won't try to start reading it until after VBS... the week of 6/23... hope somebody reminds me :)


message 7: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 7 comments Sounds like a plan...are we reading Kaiti's suggestion?


message 8: by Alyson (new)

Alyson (alysontaylor) | 11 comments Did anything ever come of this? If not, I'd love to re-kindle this idea.


message 9: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
I'm in. Thoughts on a book?


message 10: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments My same concern: my "pre-global warming glacial" pace of reading... maybe "Goodnight, Moon"? ;)

I am game; just short on suggestions


message 11: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments ha... "re-kindle"


message 12: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
i was wondering who would address that.


message 13: by Alyson (new)

Alyson (alysontaylor) | 11 comments Going back to the original list of genres Jeremy suggested, I'd lean towards a classic.


message 14: by Alyson (new)

Alyson (alysontaylor) | 11 comments I'd also like to address Jeremy's creeper-moustache profile pic.


message 15: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
That picture is from back in our Gwinnett days. I'll take a new pic under consideration.

Any objections to a Classic from anyone?


message 16: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments Nope - works for me


message 17: by Alyson (new)

Alyson (alysontaylor) | 11 comments Not sure exactly counts as a classic, but can I vote against Wuthering Heights, Great Gatsby, and Lord of the Flies?


message 18: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
On The Road - Jack Kerouac
Cry, The Beloved Country - Alan Paton
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
My Antonia - Willa Cather

These are all books that I haven't read and that are highly acclaimed and suggested for "book clubs". Given that I haven't read them, I also can't speak to any questionable content. Any votes?


message 19: by Alyson (new)

Alyson (alysontaylor) | 11 comments I think I've read My Antonia before, although I don't recall anything about it. I'm good with any of the other three.


message 20: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments Personal order of preference:
1. Cry
2. Tree
3. Road


message 21: by Alyson (new)

Alyson (alysontaylor) | 11 comments Sounds like Cry will be our first book. I've never been in a book club before, so I'm not sure how these things work. Do we set certain reading goals for the group, or plan to discuss the book as we go, or just read the whole thing and discuss afterward?


message 22: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
Uh....good question. I am in between books so I can start as early as Wednesday, which is when it will arrive. I try to read classics in paper form rather than Kindle. Odd quirk.

Wanna get the book and see how it is formatted (chapters, parts, etc., and figure out what makes most sense?


message 23: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 7 comments Sorry, I haven't been part of this discussion...I tend to forget to get on goodreads. I would like to get in on this though, I'll go ahead and get the book and be awaiting instruction as to how we'll break it down with our club. =)


message 24: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments shoot. that is what I was going to do during lunch. run to used bookstore to look for this. forgot


message 25: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments no dice on the used bookstore so gonna have to go to B&N or go digital for this one.


message 26: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
I buy all my books on amazon! Cheap, cheap, cheap!


message 27: by Alyson (new)

Alyson (alysontaylor) | 11 comments I already picked up a copy at B&N... my version has zig-zag blue and white lines across the top.


message 28: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments plan to get this weekend


message 29: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
I'm on page 170. Let's go people!


message 30: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 7 comments What???? I hadn't started it yet because nobody had given any direction as to how far we were going to go before discussing. No cheating Jer ;)


message 31: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy | 12 comments Mod
I got sucked in. I think that it makes most sense for everyone to go at their own pace and to discuss after completing. Discussing by chapter or section would be cumbersome and forced. From my perspective, the big picture is to, over time, develop a group of shared reading experience that can foster more meaningful discussion when we are together. Thoughts?


message 32: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 7 comments Sounds like a plan!


message 33: by Alyson (new)

Alyson (alysontaylor) | 11 comments Sounds good! Tally-ho!


message 34: by James (new)

James Boling | 14 comments Eureka... Book Depot for $2.50 :D


message 35: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 7 comments Nice! Definitely a better deal than my amazon deal =)


message 36: by James (last edited Oct 02, 2014 04:30AM) (new)

James Boling | 14 comments While I acknowledge that I will be one of the worst to perpetuate our non-discussion of any book, I had to share the following from my quiet time this morning. Following a cross-reference from Psalm 37 on the verse about "the LORD bringing forth your righteousness as the light", I found a phrase in Is.58:13 that reminded me of a scolding I heard more than once in "Cry".

Read the verse (in ESV just in case). Curious who else notices the phrase that I remember. :)


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