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Summer Book Clubs

Want a chance to read and discuss a book with others at MRCC?

On Wednesday nights this summer, we’re offering the chance to pick a book that interests you and discuss its content and application with others who share that interest. We have two sessions: June 5-July 17 (skipping July 3) and July 24-August 28. Each group will meet on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00. Even if you won’t be there every single week, you can still sign up.

Update: Book club sign-ups are now closed.

Session 2

July 24 – August 28

Rachel Held Evans, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations. Undaunted by the Bible’s most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture’s mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.

Marjorie J. Thompson, Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

(women only)

First released in 1995, this spiritual classic continues to be a bestseller, as thousands each year accept Marjorie Thompson’s invitation to the Christian spiritual life. Offering a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for developing and nurturing those practices, Soul Feast continues to be a favorite for individual reflection and group study.

Francis Chan, Letters to the Church

When Jesus returns, will he find us caring for his bride—even more than for our own lives? Letters to the Church reminds us of how powerful, how glorious the Church once was, and calls us to once again be the church God intended us to be.

Session 1

June 5 – July 17

Sign-ups for this session are now closed.

Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Sign-ups for this book are now closed.

Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness.

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Sign-ups for this book are now closed.

This book is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.