Summer Book Club?

So . . . it's June!  That means Summer – right?  I hope so.  Before you know it we'll be in the thick of whatever makes summer great. 

I was wondering if anyone wanted to do Virtual Book Club here on the Connexus blog.  This is how it would work . . .

If you are interested in being in the book club you let us know by filling in a comment below.  Preferably with your "I'm interested!" you'd also nominate some books that you think we should read.  (With a couple reasons for why you think that would be a good read.)  We'd read one book over the course of the summer in each of these three catagories:

  • Spiritual Development – Something to deepen our soul.
  • Leadership – Something to develop our leadership acumen. 
  • Fun – Something just for the fun of it.

After a series of books are nominated . . . I'll narrow it down to a few selections in each category.  Then we'll vote on which books we should do.  Remember the point of a book club isn't that you always get to read the books that you want to read . . . but that you read stuff that is good to read.

Once the books are selected we'll set out a reading schedule.  We'll try to make sure it's at a good pace for everyone to enjoy their summer and reading too.

We'll also have regular blog posts through the summer that will ask questions about what we've been reading.  Each person will also be asked to submit a summary of their take away(s) from the books we're reading.

So . . . whadda think?  Does that sound like fun?  Something that you'd like to do?  Start commenting!

Rich Birch
Connexus Community Church
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  1. Rich Birch says, June 1, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Ok . . . so I'm in! Here are my nominations:

    The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
    – I would put this in the leadership category. The "good news" of Jesus is a message to be heard and seen. Serving the global poor is a part of what Christ-followers do. I heard this book described as a global macro economic textbook that you can read on the beach. Sounds good!

    Quarks, Chaos & Christianity: Questions to Science And Religion
    – I would put this in the faith category. I just finished reading "Guns, Germs and Steel" and I was thinking that a follow up in the area of how faith / science interact would be good.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns
    – My "fun" read suggestion. It's apparently about women in Afghanistan during the current conflict there.

  2. Cathy says, June 2, 2008 at 5:47 am

    Hi Rich,
    I think that this sounds like a fantastic idea. Unfortunately I don't have any books to nominate but I have read A Thousand Splendid Suns and would recommend it as a good choice.

  3. Joey says, June 2, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Rich, I like your idea! I'd recommend "The Jesus I Never Knew" by Phillip Yancey in the spiritual sides of things.

    I don't often read books about leadership, so I can't help there – and I haven't read a "just for fun" book in a while (except with the kids). Hmmm… Gotta fix that.

  4. Wonderdog says, June 2, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I'm in!
    How about something by Erwin? "Soul Cravings" or "Chasing Daylight" perhaps? You want soul deepening, Erwin is your man. As for leadership, maybe 'The Next Generation Leader" by Andy Stanley? And in the for fun category, I'd like to suggest "Reef Dance." I look forward to seeing other responses. This could be fun.

  5. sarah martin says, June 2, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Im with AJ, soul cravings is an awesome book, how about blue like jazz?

  6. Rich Birch says, June 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Great suggestions! Tell a couple people who you think might be interested and we'll start the voting in a couple days!

    Glad to see that some people seem interested!


  7. Stephanie says, June 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Oh I am interested. I love anything by Philip Yancy and am in the middle of his book Prayer.

    I also just finished reading The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey- I would love to be able to process/discuss it.

    Fun…hmmmm The Hungry Caterpillar? Wait that's for my 2 year old niece πŸ˜‰

  8. L & G says, June 2, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    We are in. Max Lucado's 3:16 sounds great. I have some great fun ideas, but I'm really interested in what other's are reading.

  9. Jenn Bailey says, June 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    hmm…haven't read much since i gave up my morning commute on the train from the north shore to the island of montreal…2 hrs on a train each day provided lots of time. thot a week on a cruise ship in march might provide the time to resurrect the urge and it was…but i lost my book 'thousand splendid suns' not sure if it blew off of the deck or if it was simply left behind me and another interested party picked it up…my vote would be for that…for fun…i loved the kite runner it was the last i read. i would be on board for what ever consensus brought tho.

  10. Diana Baggett says, June 3, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Sounds like a great idea. I have no books that I can confidently recommend for a large population, but definitely look forward to hearing about the books that ARE chosen. Thanks for the idea Rich.

  11. Amanda Walker says, June 3, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    A Book Club, what a great idea for the summer. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a book that a couple of ladies from my small group recommended. It had great feedback in our quick discussion of good books to read. I am up for anything interesting and fun. Something you can’t wait to pick up and read. Love anything by Andy Stanley or Bill Hybels. Been mostly reading Dick and Jane books lately and I am so ready to upgrade!!!!

  12. Ruth says, June 3, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Sounds amazing! Count me in!
    The speed of trust by Steven M.R. Covey……Leadership I always enjoy Philip Yancey &would love to read Soul Cravings by Irwin McMannus

  13. Tim L. Walker says, June 3, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I'm in if we can pick one that's available as an audio book. πŸ˜‰

  14. Fid says, June 3, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Sounds good to me..How about Joel Rosenbergs ,Dead Heat

  15. Rich Birch says, June 4, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Ok . . . so it seems like people are interested!

    So I will compile up a "short list" of books in each category and get a little online survey action going . . . watch for it in the next couple days.


  16. Gina Hartley says, June 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Howdy………hope you will let your neighbor from the South…..(by that I mean Tennessee, USA) join in this Book Club. Maybe I can share a "warmer view".


  17. linda yates says, June 5, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Sounds great! I will keep a watch for the suggestions
    Thanks Rich

  18. mikey says, June 5, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Okay, I am jumping into this conversation from NJ, but I figure y'all will not be offended. A leadership book I just read and was extremely helpful was Strength Finder 2.0. It's a short read and was incredibly helpful in terms of confirming the things I am good at (albeit a few), but encouraging me to stop wasting so much time trying to fix the things I am not good at (a lot:). With your purchase of the book you can take the on-line personal strength evaluation – which was the best I have ever taken! Hard to lead others if you don't know what you are good at:)…

  19. Wannetta says, June 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    This Sounds great count me in!!
    I just finished "The Case for Christ" the teen version, which I thought was really good, other than that I can't recommend anything.

  20. kelly says, June 11, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Just finished reading 'The Shack'(picked it up at treasure house). The author wrote it as a gift for his 6 children (never dreamed it would be in print – plans now to be made into a movie). You can check out to get more info on the book, learn more about the author and read the blog. I came away with so much from this book… importance of relationship and forgiveness but mainly that Papa is especially fond of me πŸ™‚

  21. cindy says, June 18, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    hi Rich:
    I am also interested in the book club. I just finished an interesting book by Shane Claiborne called The Irresistible Revolution -living as an ordinary radical. It would be an interesting book to discuss. I also intend on reading "The Shack" this summer because I have heard a lot of good comments about it. TX

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