Bethlehem Lutheran Church will host a summer book club that will meet for discussions on Mondays beginning June 17.
The Rev. Jennie English-Dumont, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, will lead the book club discussions at Starbucks, 103rd Street and Longwood Drive, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The first book in the reading series on June 17 will be Osheta Moore’s “Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World.”
Moore’s life of being a “vocational peacemaker” was shattered when her family lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Many years and three children later, she found herself struggling with how to be a peacemaker in the midst of her busy life.
One year, she spent the season of Lent exploring Jesus’ words about peace, and she developed her “Shalom Sistas Manifesto,” which invites people into the work of everyday peacemaking.
Moore’s book is written for a female audience, but her observations apply to anyone seeking to live a wholehearted life in a broken world.
On Monday, July 15, the second book in the series will be Anne Lamott’s “Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.”
“I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse,” Lamott wrote in her book, “even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen.”
Despair and uncertainty surround us in the news, in our families and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest—when we are, as Lamott puts it, “doomed, stunned, exhausted and over-caffeinated”—the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. That’s the time when people must pledge not to give up, but do what poet Wendell Berry advised, “Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.”
“A Column of Fire,” by Ken Follett, will be the last book in the series on Monday, Aug. 19.
The setting is Reformation-era England, and the book tells the story of a couple in love who find themselves on opposite sides of the religious conflict dividing the country.
“The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions,” Follett wrote. “The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose the ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.”
For more information, visit the website at bethlehem-chicago.org.