Book Club

Book Club – by Becky Lee

  • The Book of Longings by Sue Monk KiddThe Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Next meeting: 3/4/22 @ 6pm via Zoom

The votes are in – we have 8 more books on our reading list, which we will read over the next 2 years. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions and who voted. The Book of Longings is up first. Monica Coburn suggested this book and will lead the discussion. Monica says: “I read this book [last] summer and it was sooo interesting! I think it would be an excellent addition to our book club.” 

Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.

Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.

For those of you who are interested in what’s coming up, these are the rest of the books we selected, although this is not necessarily the order we will read them in.

  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis,
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • House of Sticks by Ly Tran
  • The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  • I’m Possible by Richard Antoine White

If you would like to join the group, but aren’t sure if you’re on the Book Club email list, contact Becky

Lee ( blee71willmar@gmail.com ) to make sure you get a Zoom link and reminder!

Please join us! Everyone is welcome!