Did you know that A Field of Wild Flowers hosts a private online Book Club?
You can read more about it HERE. This past fall 18 people from all across the States (and one from New Zealand!) participated in a six week discussion of Parker Palmer’s wise little book, Let Your Life Speak.
This week I’m excited to announce our second book and offer you a chance to win a free signed copy.
That’s my oldest two posing with Michelle DeRusha’s book, Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith. Michelle’s book arrived at my house while we were in the middle of packing up, changing schools and rewiring the house of our dreams. If anything tells you how good this book is (and how enjoyable to read) it’s the fact that I found time to read it and write a review right in the middle of that crazy time in our lives!
You can read my review of Michelle’s book here, where I list three things I liked about the book. The one thing that excited me most about this book (that I didn’t include in my review) is its potential usefulness in starting conversations. Michelle’s writing is so transparent and human that it easily sets the table for talking about our own experiences and struggles with faith.
I’m excited to explore this book with you – it’s suitable for those who lean steadily toward belief and also anyone who struggles in making sense of “Christian-ese” and wonders what this “Jesus thing” is all about. Another bonus? Michelle has agreed to join us one week for an “ask the author” session.
Interested? Here are the details:
The book has eleven chapters and our book club will run for about eight weeks (depending how things unfold) so there will be some weeks when we read more than one chapter, but never more than about 30 pages. It will be hosted in a private Facebook
group so our conversation will not be public. Those who want to participate will need to
“friend” me on Facebook so I can add you to the group.
Monday, February 2 will be our official start date, which should give plenty of time to order, win or borrow a copy of the book. We’ll plan finish up by the end of March.
Every Monday I’ll post a quote from the
chapters under discussion as a starting point for conversation. On
Wednesdays it’ll be your turn to lead by posting a quote you especially
liked or any questions you want to raise. The best part about online book discussion is that you can
check in and comment or reply at a time that works for YOU.
You’re free to comment as much as you
like or be a “stalker” if you’re more shy. Some weeks you may not get
to the reading, but you’re still welcome to participate as much as you
can. The main rules will be that we will all show grace and compassion
in regard to each other’s experiences and opinions.
You can find the book for sale on Amazon here for around $12.
Now, (drum roll, please!) I’m grateful that Michelle has agreed to mail a FREE signed copy to one lucky winner. To be entered into the drawing for the free book, just comment
below by 12 midnight on Thursday January 15th indicating your
interest in participating. To have your name entered a second time in the drawing, you
can also comment on or like this post on the Wildflowers Facebook page (this will ensure that more followers see the post). All names will be put into a bowl and the winner will be picked and announced by Friday the 16th.
I would love your help in spreading the word! Please share 🙂and let me know if you have any questions!