[18 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: WWII Novels

There is a rash of World War II literature. In our last book club annual selection long list, there were enough books that had we wanted to dedicate a whole year to WWII, we could have. Also, occasionally, I’m asked to recommend a good WWII book, so I thought it might be a fun list to compile – all the WWII books I’ve read (or at least that I can remember!) These are in somewhat backwards order beginning with most recent. And just because I’m that kind of person, you’re …

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[10 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: SOC Sista Long List for 2018-2019

For the last several years, my book club has followed the same procedure for selecting its books for a whole year. Last year, when our picks were made, we realized we were missing out on discussing some really good books by leaving behind the books that were not selected. (That’s what happens when you take a month to research books you plan to pitch!)
So this year we’re doing something different. Instead of making new book pitches, we took the the books from our 2017 and 2018 Long Lists that weren’t …

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[18 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: 5 Tips for Building a Successful Book Club

It seems everyone wants to be in a book club. And I get it – they are fun. They also don’t run themselves, which is why I think I’m seeing more and more people wanting tips on how to organize a book club successfully.
I’ve been in my book club for ten years, and the group existed for several years before I joined. Through the years, we’ve figured some things out that I believe have added to its sustainability. Here are five tips that have helped make our group successful.

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[4 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: The Ragamuffin Gospel

This book changed the way I think of God’s love.
For someone who has been a Christian as long as I have, and for someone who clings as heavily as I do to my Reformed theology, that’s saying something. But this book put a big ol’ spotlight on my “doctrine” and showed me just how works-based my faith is. Again, that’s saying something.
I’m not sure why it took me so many years to read it – it is far from a new book. In fact, in just a few more years, …

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[3 Feb 2018 | 4 Comments | ]
Love :: Pegs & Jokers

Six years ago, I wrote about a card game that my husband and I learned from our neighbors that very much became an addiction for us. That post has had more than 1.3 million hits which to me signals there’s a lot of gamers out there like us.
For you, we have a new drug – Pegs and Jokers.
Taught to us by new friends (and also neighbors), Pegs and Jokers is a combination card and board game. If you recall the childhood game Sorry!, the board looks a lot like that. …

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[14 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Where Do We Go from Here

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community is the last book Martin Luther King, Jr. penned before his assassination in 1968. It’s a series of essays in which Dr. King addresses the status of the Civil Rights movement, its progress, what has held it back and what he believes it will take to move it forward.
While it was written 50 years ago, I am stunned by how much of his writing is 100% relevant today. Not just because we have much yet to accomplish in the realm of race relations, but …