SUMMER READING GROUP


TUESDAYS June 15  |  July 13  |  August 17

10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  |  Zoom

All are welcome to join in our discussions!

 

A limited number of books are available for purchase through the church. All titles are also available in e-book format and through public libraries. To register for these discussions and to purchase a book, please use the EasyREG forms at https://www.easyreg.org/cgi-bin/acct/DEHY9K13RK/signup.pl. 

 

This is our new system for online events registration and payments, which will make it easier for us and for you to track your information. Please use this form only to make your book payments if you choose to make a purchase online.

 

Once you sign up, you will receive confirmation of your registration and the link to join in on Zoom at your time slot. Also, if you choose to purchase books through our online payment system (included in the registration form), we will make arrangements with you to deliver them to you or make them available for in-person pickup.

 

If you need assistance with or have questions about the registration process, contact Martha Johnston at office@bensonmemorial.org.


 TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 10:00 AM or 7:00 PM, ZOOM

 

The Book of Longings

by Sue Monk Kidd (author of The Secret Life of Bees)

[FICTION]  |  $14  |  Read about it on Amazon.com.

 

An extraordinary story set in the first century about a young woman named Ana who finds her voice and her destiny. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of  Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and daring spirit. She engages in scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus of Nazareth changes everything.  

 

Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’ life that focuses on his humanity, this book is a triumph of storytelling told from the perspective of a woman living in a time, place, and culture that was devised to silence her.


 TUESDAY, JULY 13, 10:00 AM or 7:00 PM, ZOOM

 

How to Fight Racism:
Courageous Christianity and the Journey toward Racial Justice
by Jemar Tisby

[SOCIAL ACTION]  |  $14  |  Read about it on Amazon.com.

 

This book is written for everyday Christians. Tisby roots the ultimate solution to racism in the Christian faith as we embrace the imperatives Jesus taught his followers. He provides specific, actionable steps that enable you to be part of the solution, rejecting passivity and becoming active participants in the struggle for human dignity. Readers of How to Fight Racism will come away with hands-on suggestions and a clear model for thinking about race, and a compelling call to dismantle a social hierarchy long stratified by skin color.


 TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 10:00 AM or 7:00 PM, ZOOM

 

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life

by Tish Harrison Warren

[SPIRITUALITY / CHRISTIAN LIFE]  |  $9.50  |  Read about it on Amazon.com.

 

In the overlooked moments and routines, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Each chapter in this book looks at something that the author does during the day: making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys. Life is viewed through the lens of liturgy—small practices and habits that form us. Tish Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday, and each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship.