The St. Francis Book Club meets about three to six times per year and every Sunday during Lent following the 10:00 am Sunday service. The books cover a variety of genres, and the discussions are lively and informative. A reading list is in the monthly parish newsletter. We discuss a book for a given month, and delve into a specific text during the Sundays in Lent. Please join us when you are able. Contact Rev. Mark Lingle (marklingle.pastor@gmail.com).

For the 2018-2019 year, we will be discussing the following books:

October 21–The Soul of America, John Meacham. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.
November 4–Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez, Tells tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founded the town of Macondo, a fictitious town in the country of Colombia. It is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon.

December 2–The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin. A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.

February 3– Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson. A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

March 10 – April 7 (Lent) Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World, 14th Dalai Lama. This book is about Secular ethics use in our everyday life. Those are ethics that can be used by both religious and non-religious people. There are many suggestions about getting rid of destructive emotions and helping other people. THe book justifies the importance of compassion.

May 19–Evicted: Poverty and Profit in America, Matthew Desmond. This book follows eight families struggling to pay rent to their landlords around the 2008 financial crisis. It highlights the issues of extreme poverty, affordable housing, and economic exploitation in the United States.