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march 2021: Setting a Foundation
For those of us who have tried to make a change in any aspect of life, we know that it is a process. Here are some of our favorite books about stepping into your authentic self.
Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere
After such a powerful Arise Women’s Conference, where we heard from Pastor Lisa Bevere, I am making this month’s book this read! I first listened to this book on Audible a few years ago and am so blessed to have now had the opportunity to hear the Beveres preach when they visit Hawaii.
Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven
This book was the extension of a commencement speech that one of my college professors showed me nearly four years ago. I like the idea of habits and how they ultimately affect the outcome of our lives.Audible Gift Memberships
February 2021: Healing
For the first month of our book club, we are focusing on healing. This lineup includes a medical doctor, a preacher, and a spiritual leader. We hope that you find value in what these authors have to offer.
Food Fix by Dr. Mark Hyman
How can food heal our bodies and minds? American physician and New York Times best-selling author, Mark Hyman is the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center. He unearths the way that our food system has created a diseased populace in need of responsive treatment. It’s argued that our #1 healthcare focus should be on providing everyone with nutritious food – which will in turn reduce their need for costly treatments.
Healing the Soul of a Woman by Joyce Meyer
An amazing piece of work by an amazing woman, Joyce Meyer is one of the most open, vulnerable, and inspiring female preachers. A survivor of sexual assault and incest, her strength will help you to process trauma and to understand God’s perfect plan for your life. No matter what you’ve been through, God works all things for good!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson
I highly recommend that all women visit this book, which really saved me in so many ways. This book helped me to understand my presence as a woman in the world today, to gain appreciation for my feminine attributes, and to find my authentic self. I have this in my Audible library and regularly revisit it when I am in need of a boost!
How to Start a Book Club
Whether you want to expand your repertoire or find people willing to discuss, joining a book club offers a way to turn your solitary reading habit into a fun social activity. Starting your own, however, can be intimidating—especially if you’re looking to invite people who will stick to the reading list and show up regularly. The process doesn’t have to be stressful, however. As you’ll see, you can get your own group up and reading in just four simple steps.
Find a few members.
A book club—especially a new one—can start small, and many groups keep their numbers intentionally low to allow for deeper conversations. Your preference will likely be based on a number of factors, but it is suggested that eight to fifteen people be in the group to get around a dozen people in one conversation.
If you find yourself talking books with the same friends repeatedly, start formalizing those discussions at a specific time and place, and encourage them to invite others as you gain momentum. To reach out beyond your social circle, post flyers on community bulletin boards; start a group online; or use your neighborhood’s Facebook pages to gauge interest.
Choose a meeting place.
If your club mostly consists of friends (and friends-of-friends), then you may feel comfortable hosting at your home. However, if your group is large, look for a public meeting space like: the community room at your local library, churches, coworking spaces, or restaurants. You can also meet online with platforms like Zoom.
Be sure to keep in mind that loud, crowded venues won’t help the flow of your discussions—and your choice needs to have enough space for everyone to sit comfortably. You can rotate hosting within your group.
Pick your first book.
Deciding on a first book may be the hardest part of starting a book club! You’ll want something universal and engaging enough for everyone to stay interested—with room for a lively, intriguing, and thought-provoking discussion. It’s important to know your members, but remember that you don’t need to please every person every time.
Looking for inspiration? Websites like Goodreads, LitLovers, and Booklist offer reviews and feature new titles to help you sort through the choices, while your local library and the American Library Association can also help (look for bagged sets of books aimed at book clubs, or ask the librarians for suggestions).
Prepare for the discussion.
Before meeting, create a list of questions and topics you can use to guide the discussion—these can be based on your own reading, a list from the publisher, or from other discussions on the same book. You don’t have to force the conversation to follow those guides exactly, but you should be ready to redirect the exchange back toward the book if you go off-topic.
Having trouble with your discussions, book picks, or scheduling? Troubleshoot your book club’s pain points with help from the American Library Association by adding more time for socializing, re-evaluating your group’s interests, and choosing to ignore (or ban) interruptions.