The written word is a gift from God. When we read, we meet other people, experience other realities than the ones familiar to us, and consider things we otherwise might not. Above all, of course, the written word is the primary way we come to know God himself, through Scripture. On Sunday mornings and in Bible studies, as well as in our daily practices, we focus on reading the Bible to seek truth, direction, correction, wisdom, and solace. But reading other books not only helps to train us as readers of the Bible, it also can be a God-given piece of our development in him, as we think about life in God’s world.

Now that we are all in the middle of a new reality, adjusting to it (or not) day to day, it seems like a good time to begin our book club again.Previous selections have included The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, and selected short stories of Flannery O’Connor.

Now that the world is sheltering at home/self-isolating/self-monitoring/quarantining, we can really use face-to-face time with our friends and church family. But we have a lot of time by ourselves. Book clubs are perfect for these times: books take extended solitude to read and provide great fodder for video chats.

Plans are in the works for the book club to start up again soon.

Contact Pastor Scott (gsccpastor (at) gmail.com) for further details or with any questions.