FLC Book Club

Want to know which book we will be reading next? Or what we've read so far this year? Click 2016-2017 Book Summaries for details! Click Current Study Guide for guidance while reading this month's book.

What We Are & When We Meet

            We are a social ministry group of Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn, Ohio (phone 330.836.8811).  This year (2016-17) is the ninth year of our existence.  Last year we read  Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne, The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, and The Invisible Wall:  A Love Story That Broke Barriers by Harry Bernstein.  Copies of these books and their study guides plus previous years' books can be found on the FLC Book Club shelf in the church library.  Feel free to “take, read, enjoy, and return”! 

            Some of the books we have read over the past years include the following:   War of the Rats by David Robbins, Plain Truth by Jody Picoult, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, All the Way Home by David Giffels, Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, Father Joe:  The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra, Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton, Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Red Azalea by Anchee Min, Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez, American Lion:  Andrew Jackson in the Whitehouse by Jon Meacham, Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks, For One More Day by Mitch Albom, Here If You Need Me:  A True Story by Kate Braestrup, The Nine by Jeffry Toobin, The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, Teacher Man by Frank McCourt, Beach Music by Pat Conroy, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien, Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, Honeymoon in Tehran by Azadeh Moaveni, The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver, Life is Good by George Dawson, JB by Archibald MacLeish and Job from the Bible, The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer, and The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig.  The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. 

         We usually meet the third Tuesday of the month.  Our meetings are in September, October, and November, and then again in the winter/spring months of January through May.  We don’t meet in December.  At our meeting in May, we have a "Personal Picks" roundtable where each person gives a short review of a book that he or she has individually read and enjoyed;  these titles are published later in The Beacon of Faith, the monthly newsletter of Faith Lutheran Church.  And at our June meeting, we join together for "Dessert and Decisions" at which time we review summaries of candidate titles for next year, and vote to choose the seven that will will constitute our upcoming schedule.   We don’t meet during the summer months. Please click  2016-2017 Book Summaries for upcoming meetings!

            Our meetings are in the choir room at Faith Church.  There is an afternoon and an evening session.  The afternoon session begins at 2:00 pm and usually goes to 3:15 pm.  The evening session begins at 7:00 pm and usually goes to 8:15 pm.  More information about each month's title is given in the monthly Beacon of Faith (available in paper form from the church office or online at the Faith Lutheran Church home page). If bad weather requires cancellation and if you are on our phone/email list, we will contact you.  

            Friends of members and community neighbors are welcome to join!  We read an in-common book ahead of the meeting date. Orders are taken for used copies which are then purchased by the leaders through the online service Amazon.com.  These used copies are usually in the $4-$8 range and payment is made to the co-directors.  Ordered copies are delivered to book club members at the monthly meeting ahead of the scheduled discussion of the book. If members wish, they are welome to secure copies from public libraries, bookstores or other locations. Come and enjoy the fun…….join in on the discussion as much or as little as you wish…..we want you to feel comfortable! 

Co-leaders 

            Co-leaders are Faith members Marilyn Wilson and Steve Thompson.  Marilyn is a former middle school language arts teacher and Steve is a former English teacher.  Reach Marilyn at (330) 666.3202, marwilson@adelphia.net, and Steve at (330) 666-5065, st@uakron.edu.  Steve and Marilyn lead the book club discussions.  Other members are invited to lead the monthly discussion groups when they are inclined to do so, but that is not required!   

Our hopes 

            We meet because we all like to read and share our responses to what we’ve read.  We think that happens best when there is a warm and accepting welcome for everyone’s point of view.  Hearing and considering multiple “takes” on a book enriches everyone.  However, just coming, sitting, and listening is ok, too.  Above all, we want everyone to leave a book discussion feeling that they’ve had a good time with friends! 

            Our further hope is that our choice of in-common books is based on these factors:  that a book inspires our better natures….that it uplifts our spirits.  That doesn’t mean that a book has to have a happy ending!  But rather that it puts us in touch with characters and events that give us hope and encourages us to lead grace-filled lives.  Books thus chosen are likely to be well written:  the dialogue sounds like the conversations we hear real people have;  the characters are multi-dimensional;  the plots are usually linear in time and are not multi-layered;  the descriptions amaze our senses;  and we don’t have to worry about extensive and gratuitous unbecoming language and situations!  Overall, there’s a truthfulness and authenticity in the narrative, which, although hard to quantify, is discerned by heart and mind.  These factors can be found in fiction and non-fiction alike.         

We hope to see you at our next meeting.  We have a chair waiting for you!