Summer Reading Program

summer-reading-sunJoin our Summer Reading Program!

  1. On Sunday, April 22, pick up a bookmark listing all of this summer’s selections from the blue information carts.
  2. Purchase your selection(s) in the Atrium starting Sunday, April 29.

For your convenience, the titles being offered are listed below:


Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved
Kate Bowler

Discussion facilitated by Cassidy Plunkett
7/15, 7/22, 7/29 — Sundays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Room S3

Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval. At thirty-five, everything in her life seems to point toward “blessing.” She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son. Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The prospect of her own mortality forces Kate to realize that she has been tacitly subscribing to the prosperity gospel, living with the conviction that she can control the shape of her life with “a surge of determination.” Even as this type of Christianity celebrates the American can-do spirit, it implies that if you “can’t do” and succumb to illness or misfortune, you are a failure. Kate is very sick, and no amount of positive thinking will shrink her tumors. What does it mean to die, she wonders, in a society that insists everything happens for a reason? Kate is stripped of this certainty only to discover that without it, life is hard but beautiful in a way it never has been before.


Finding Our Way: Love & Law in The United Methodist Church
Reuben Job, Neil Alexander, Gregory Palmer, Hope Morgan Ward, Melvin Talbert, Kenneth Carter Jr., Mike Lowry, John Yambasu, and Rosemarie Wenner

Discussion facilitated by Duke Lackey & Ashley Will
8/7, 8/14 — Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Room S2

Questions and conflict about homosexual practice and the church abound. We encounter media reports of same-gender unions and clergy trials. This leads to talk in congregations and district preacher’s meetings, in the hallways at district, conference and general church gatherings, and in the deliberations of the Council of Bishops where we hear prayers, questions, and an outpouring of conviction or anguish. We observe The United Methodist Church grappling with issues of importance that divide and confound us. We hunger for our church to engage hard questions and decisions in a spirit of generosity, gracefulness, and mutual respect. Written by several United Methodist bishops, this book could change the nature of the conversation. It encourages frank and constructive dialogue that will help us conference together and open ourselves to God’s guidance. We seek faithful, fair, just, and loving resolution to issues that challenge our faith community.


Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Parker Palmer

Discussion facilitated by Melissa Auten
6/13, 6/27, 7/11 — Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Room S3

With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.


Hiking Through: One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail
Paul Stutzman

Discussion facilitated by Michael Laird
7/10, 7/24 — Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Room S2
Before the first meeting on 7/10, participants are asked to come up with a trail name as if they were also “hiking through.”

After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart—the call to a challenge, to pursue a dream. Paul traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life—and will change readers’ lives as well.



For youth: there will be no discussion.

Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have
Annie Downs
Annie F. Downs admits she’s not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents’ home in Georgia, she’s never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she’s on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging the reader to do the same. As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and blogger, Annie F. Downs shares her journey toward bravery with honesty and humor. Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages readers to grab hold of the brave life that they desperately desire. How often does fear hold us back from the very things we most want to taste, touch, and experience? The call to be brave isn’t just for one person?it’s for everyone. Let’s All Be Brave is more than a book, it’s a battle cry. Annie challenges us to live boldly, she calls us to step into those places that require courage, and she gives us the help to take the next step forward?even when it’s scary. 


For children: there will be no discussion.

Fish in a Tree
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.



Categories Children, Community, Discipleship, Youth | Tags: | Posted on April 20, 2018

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Traditional: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.,
and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Contemporary (Souljourn):
9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Children's (SHINE):
Begins in 11:15 Traditional, then moves to Room S2


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