Community Through Books

Recently I just started a book club. It includes myself and three other young moms. I had been searching for a long time for more community and connection.

At this stage in my life church is a challenging place to receive that because my kids are still pretty young and they demand a lot of my attention. My husband, who is a pastor, is of course always up front, so that leaves just me to wrangle my six, five, and two-year -old in the pews. I also end up leaving early so I can put my two-year-old down for her nap, so I therefore don’t get to connect with people after the service.

I was a little nervous about starting this new adventure of creating a book club, but after much encouragement from my husband, who also started one about eight months ago, with several men in the community, I went for it. It has been such a blessing to connect with other moms in the community on a spiritual level .

We are reading the book Fearless by Max Lucado. It has been a fantastic jumping off point for our group. Lucado provides such vivid imagery and thought-provoking questions. His illustrations are effective and his content is relevant. The information that he brings out in many of his books does not go super deep, which allows for the reader, or readers, in our case, to discuss our own interpretations or how that information pertains to our own lives. The book also contains a discussion guide at the end which we have used a little bit.

So whether this little blog entry inspires you to reach out to others in your community to start your own book club, or it nudges you in the direction of buying Max Lucado’s book, Fearless, best of wishes to you!

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