SUMMER READING GROUP


Summer Reading Group with Pastor Kelly Lyn Logue is a welcome addition to our seasonal gatherings, and this summer is no exception! With three new books to explore, this group welcomes all who are interested to join us for lively conversation and discussion about the cultural and societal themes presented in each of these popular reads.

 

We do still have a limited number of each book available for purchase through the church. If you would like one, contact us at office@bensonmemorial.org and we will get one to you. You may also order books from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online stores, or find a e-book through your library.

 

Be sure to join us! We will meet online via Zoom at the times and dates indicated below. You will need to RSVP on our Summer Reading Group sign-up form. Once you have signed up, you will receive an email confirmation and link to the Zoom meeting.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 28, 10:00 AM or 7:00 PM, ZOOM

 

This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel

 

A timely and bighearted read about a young modern family with a transgendered five-year-old child, the youngest of five brothers, who loves peanut butter sandwiches as much as he loves wearing dresses. His parents want him to be whoever he wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family the secret until one day it explodes. A challenging subject handled without politics, but with grace, humor, dignity, and, most of all, love.

 

RSVP on our Summer Reading Group sign-up form

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 10:00 AM or 7:00 PM, ZOOM

 

The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams

 

These two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalia Lama’s home in Dharamasala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift to others as they looked back on their lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They will help us explore and confront obstacles to joy, the pillars of joy, and daily joy practices that can anchor our own emotional and spiritual lives.