St. John's Summer Reading Challenge

St. John's Summer Reading Challenge

As part of our effort to continue to learn and grow in our faith, I am pleased to announce “St. John’s Summer Reading Challenge”. Two books have been selected to be read, one in July and one in August. My hope is to gather socially near the end of each month to discuss that month’s book and to spend time in fellowship. You will need to obtain the book on your own (links are provided below). I hope all of you will participate and grow in your faith!

FOR JULY

In this hauntingly beautiful novel, a nameless Lightkeeper, ageless and outside of time, is pulled through time to tend lighthouses on far shores, battling danger, loneliness, uncertainty, and despair. What begins as the burial of a lighthouse keeper on a routine assignment soon transforms into the greatest adventure of her life and a path to a more distant shore. Through this journey she learns what it means to be human and to love, especially when death is a certainty.

About the Author: Sherry Shenoda is an Egyptian-American poet and pediatrician, born in Cairo, living in California. She was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. She lives with her husband and two sons. The Lightkeeper is her first work of fiction.

This book can be purchased at:
Paperback: https://store.ancientfaith.com/the-lightkeeper/
E-Book Version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09584G2KQ

 

 

FOR AUGUST

Written by a group of friends, ​Seven Holy Women​ is a one-of-a-kind journey into the lives of seven women saints. Each section of the book includes a story from one saint’s life, told vividly and imaginatively in the second person; additional information about the saint to give her context; a reflection on ways the writer, reader, and saint intersect on their journeys; personal surveys for the reader and a friend to complete; and a journal prompt that encourages the reader to explore and document her encounter with themes from the saint’s life. Created as both a deeply personal and enriching communal experience, ​Seven Holy Women​ speaks directly to the reader, drawing her into the lives of seven saints as it invites her to look more closely and lovingly at her own spiritual journey and her friendship with the cloud of witnesses.

Authors: Melinda Johnson, Laura Jansson, Georgia Briggs, Molly Sabourin, Anna Neill, Summer Kinard, Katherine Bolger Hyde, and Melissa Naasko

This book can be purchased at:
Paperback: https://store.ancientfaith.com/seven-holy-women-conversations-with-saints-and-friends/
E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L9TDRKR

 

 

Dates and locations for the social gatherings will be detailed at a later date.