7 Reasons to Join the Liturgy of Life Reading Group – 2016

It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since my first post here. Blogging through 2015 has changed my life. My mind and heart have grown and stretched each day by reading, writing and connecting with many of you.


In 2015 Liturgy of Life (did you ever even realize it is LOL for short? love that) hosted an online reading group, together we read five books about the Christian faith, home and family. Now as 2016 is quickly approaching (feels a bit too quickly actually) I am excited to announce the 2016 Reading List and invite you to read along.

7 Reasons to Join the Liturgy of LifeReading Group2016

This year I’m adding a new Link-Up function at the bottom of every post pertaining to the reading group (you don’t have to be reading at my pace just be on the same book, for my week by week reading plan click here).


So I know you are holding your breath and just dying to know what the 2016 reading list is.  Drum Roll Please.


Seven Quick Takes:

Why You should Join the Liturgy of Life Reading Group


1. A Grief Observed, CS Lewis.  We will spend the first part of 2016 looking at grief and pain in the Christian life.  A Grief Observed is simply C.S. Lewis’ journal from the months following the death of his wife.  It gives insight into how to love and support those around us who are grieving and raises important questions for a Christian to struggle through as we face the pain in our world.

(We will read this book for 4 weeks, January 17th-February 13th)


2. The Problem with Pain, CS Lewis. I swear I’m not obsessed with CS Lewis, this book just seemed to be the best follow up to A Grief ObservedThe Problem with Pain is the most intellectual book we will read (for all of you academics out there, you are welcome, for the rest of us, I’m sorry but it will be a good challenge for us). Here the same Lewis writes about the reasoning and logic that can help ground a Christian as they deal with grief.

(We will read this book for 10 weeks, with a break after the first two chapters to do some reading on Lent and Easter (see below) so the dates will be February 14th-27th and then April 3rd-May 28th, this is  short but dense book so I’m hoping by breaking it in half it will help us to digest it a bit easier).



3. Silence by Shusaku Endo.  This is the must read off this list.  Silence is one of the best novels I have read, coincidentally it is also being made into a feature length film which will come out in November.  It is a story of a priest in the persecuted church in Japan. It is placed in the early 1900’s but remains ever so relevant as we ponder the persecution of Christians all around the world today.

(We will read this book over 5 weeks May 29th-July 2nd)



4. Animal Vegetable Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver. About halfway through the year we will move from a focus on suffering to begin looking at the patterns of the natural world, where grief and celebration are both a part.  Kingsolver is not Christian but her perspective on the rhythms of life and contentedness to place, nature and community bring insight to the American Christian worldview. This book is an easy to read memoir of a year of local eating and farming. It has a lot of information about food culture in America as well as some decent recipes.

(We will read this book from July 3rd- November 18th )



5. Let Us Keep the Feast, compilation, edited by Jessica Snell. This book is a great review of the major liturgical seasons Snell’s compilation gives a brief history of each liturgical season and some simple ideas of how to celebrate them at home.

(We will read this book in two sections, we will read the chapters on Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost  from February 28th- March 2nd, and then Introduction, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany from November 20th through December 15th)


6.  I hope that reading these books will change your life and I am excited to hear from you.  Please comment here or join the discussion by liking the Liturgy of Life facebook page, linking up anytime you are reading and blogging along with us or joining our facebook discussion group.


7.  If this list isn’t enough for you here is a quick re-cap of the 2015 list.





It has been an awesome year, thank you for being part of it.



For some other fun quick-takes check out the Link-up at thisaintlyceum.com


  • Kirby Reply

    Well I seem to own a surprising number of these books already, but have not actually read them (the perils of being married to a former Philosophy grad student.) I might just have to join in on this reading group!

    • egjarrett Reply

      Awesome Kirby, I’d love to have you read a long and hear your thoughts. I started doing this reading group last year and it has really stretched me. I have sort of the same situation with my husband, I never thought I would read any of what is on his shelf, they all looked so boring to me. But I’ve slowly gotten interested and it turned out that reading some books that were outside of my comfort zone has been a great challenge. After this past year of reading and writing through these different books I feel much more capable of having intelligent conversations on a bunch of different topics around faith, culture and family with folks who share my beliefs and those who don’t, for me it has been a huge gain. I’ve even started buying my own copy of the books that he has so I can jot down notes. Thanks for your interest.

  • Shannon Reply

    Really excited about this list! Great choices!

    • egjarrett Reply

      Thanks Shannon, and thanks for your input on some of the contenders. I felt like I learned so much reading through the 2015 books which has me really excited about doing it again this year, the second Lewis one will be a challenge for me but hopefully a good one.

  • Lindsay Reply

    I’m in! I found your site through Shannon who blogs at We, A Great Parade. This list looks awesome. My reading goal this year is to read one fiction and one non fiction book per month and these are some great choices to add to my list!
    Looks like you had a wonderful list in 2015 too. I am bummed that I missed it. The Hidden Art of Homemaking has been on my want to read list for awhile.

    • egjarrett Reply

      Thanks Lindsay! I just checked out your blog too, it’s lovely. I’m so excited to get to know you and glad to have you reading along. This last year was really good for me, reading, writing and discussing the ideas from these books really stretched me. It left me feeling much more capable of having meaningful discussions on some of these topics. I’m hoping this year will be just as helpful. I’ll start the first book next week. I’m also always looking for suggestions of favorite reads so if you have any recommendations let me know.

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