We have five great books selected for 2016. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Please join the Link-Up every Wednesday, or join the conversation by commenting, subscribing, liking us on facebook or joining our facebook discussion group.
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)
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, Pentecost and Ordinary time from February 14th- March 19th, and then Introduction, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany from November 20th through December 15th)
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 Observed. The 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, from March 20th through May 28th).
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.
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 )
Then back up to Let us Keep the Feast to end out the year!
If this list isn’t enough for you here is a quick re-cap of the 2015 list.