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A multi-generational book club reading through the eyes of faith -- Christian reflections on literature, language, and the reading experience.
You don’t have to finish the book to take part in most of our conversations. We have a good core group of ladies who are willing to carry the discussion, but we love to hear from others. Mostly we just like to have a fun and warm time of fellowship where we can talk about contemporary issues surrounding our faith, and the books we read tend to jump-start those discussions. Last year, we read everything from YA dystopian novels (Ready Player One) to classic literature (Frankenstein) to nonfiction (The Soloist).
WHEN: We are now meeting only once a month, usually the last Thursday at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Rise and Shine Cafe (4875 Jackrabbit Lane, Bozeman, MT, 59718)
1) Searching for God’s Truth in secular literature -- We’ll be reading a lot of secular and mainstream literature, but one of our goals is to look at how biblical themes, such as redemption, grace, and justice, often pop up in these mainstream texts.
2) Reading not only deeply but also widely -- To read widely is to engage with people who think differently and who approach very similar issues from a radically different worldview. It is no secret that the world and the culture of Christ often conflict, and it is the same in the realm of literature. Literature as a whole is complex and offers a mixed bag of ideologies, but most can agree that good literature always presents some view of what it means to be human in this world.
3) Practicing discernment -- The issue is not should we read secular fiction, but how we should read it. There is a moral element to reading which we rarely think about. Reading in the mainstream represents a challenge, a way to practice spiritual discernment and Christian thinking.
4) Appreciating beauty -- We want to explore and enjoy literature as a good gift from God, reading for pleasure, wisdom, and enrichment.