Body & Soul
I found this list from Lori Deschene (tinybuddha.com) and it’s been so meaningful to me. I have it by my desk, and read it each day, to center my spirit, focus my ministry, and steady my family as we go. – Darlene Martinez
Many of you have met Brad Lyons, president and publisher at Chalice Press, the Disciples publishing house.
As a general ministry unit of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Chalice is devoted to providing meaning and inspiration straight from authors and into the hands of individuals and congregations nationwide. Amid the fears and anxiety of this global pandemic, Chalice’s heart is for the hearts of the faithful.
Need a little inspiration? Hope?
Faith-builders for kids and families to do at home (not just now but anytime)?
Need a new devotional or biblical insight? Want to relax with coloring pages?
Taking advantage of the time to do some reflective thinking and justice seeking?
Our friends at Chalice Press have you cover-to-covered!
Take a look at the spring offerings, and see what’s coming soon.
Find a new read, or enjoy one you missed before, all while supporting a ministry tied to your own church, denomination, and its ministry and mission worldwide.
We asked HACC Book Group coordinator Charlie Bennett to share his thoughts on good reads to occupy us in this stay-at-home season. He offers fiction and nonfiction suggestions, and the current list of 2020 Book Group reads.
What people like to read is a very personal thing—I’ve learned never to say, “you will love this” or “you should read this” or “you MUST read this”. No guarantees, but these are books, on a variety of subjects, that this one reader, who happens to turn a lot of pages, found to be enjoyable and memorable—let these be a starting point—so, good luck!— I am always glad to tell about books that I enjoyed…
All of Charlie’s suggestions are readily available, and we’ve linked to the publishers’ sites below, for summaries, reviews, and ordering information. (Ordering from the publisher supports the writer and their work most directly!)
The River (Peter Heller) – two friends’ canoe trip is threatened by raging wildfire
Darktown (Thomas Mullen) – historical mystery about the 1945 integration of the Atlanta Police Department
The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion) – for laughter, a warm, deep and hilarious romantic comedy
Peace Like a River (Leif Enger) – deeply moving, “a perfect book for anxious times,” family, kindness of strangers, love and faith
Last Bus to Wisdom (Ivan Doig) – 11 year old boy (a liar or ‘overflowing with invention’?) on cross-country bus trip in 1951—funny
Killers of the Flower Moon (David Gann) – true story of exploitation and murder of Oklahoma Osage Indians
The Wright Brothers (David McCullough) – premiere biographer’s accessible account of aviation pioneers
For more suggestions, see what the Book Group is reading this year.