Who are my avid readers out there? What do you like to read? What is your favorite genre of books? This year one of my goals is to read 40 books in one year, which means I have to read 3 books a month. I’ve been reading 1-2 books via audible, 1 book via kindle, and 1-2 hard copy books a month. If you like to read, I would love to have you join me on the journey to read and discuss some of these books.
That is why I started my first book club, The Healing Book Club! (Click on link to join the FB Group)
We will read faith based books and books written by experts such as doctors on topics such as mental and emotional health, healing from pasts hurts, inspirational stories, and social injustice. I love to learn and have conversations about books I’ve read and learn where I can grow and do better. I’m excited to share this upcoming month’s book pick She Writes For Him, “Black Voices of Wisdom,” written by a couple of my friends Kennita Williams and Carol Chisolm. This May they will join us for the book club discussion. We will be able to listen to their stories and ask them questions. If you’re anyone like me, you’re probably thinking, I don’t have time to read a book and talk about it. When I set my goal, I knew I needed accountability.
Here are 3 Reasons Why You Should Join a Book Club:
1. To Be Intentional– Have you ever heard the saying, ‘Nothing Changes, when Nothing Changes?’ When I’m doing the same thing over and over and expect something different to happen, that is the definition of insanity. We can’t expect to have something new or different in our lives when we’re only viewing life from our own singular perspective. Reading books from different authors and backgrounds, allows us to view life through the lens and eyes of someone not like us. It allows us to hear their heart and what concerns them. James tells us, “my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; (1:19). Committing to reading a book a month, helps us to be intentional, and engage in interesting conversations about new topics. It helps us to step out of our comfort zones and engage in new things. Something always changes when we try something new.
2. To learn and grow. I’m always amazed how inspired I am when I learn something new about a topic. I always feel so inspired after reading a book, and to make changes from the things I’ve read and learned. That’s why I like to read the Bible, God’s instructions help keep me straight and identify where I am lacking and need to grow most. 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” You will never regret being in a place of humbleness where you are willing to grow and learn. I love to read books that make an impact and challenge me to do better.
3. To engage, connect, and make new friendships. Whenever I join a book club, I meet so many new people, and have engaging conversations I never would have had before. Connection and togetherness is God’s design for our lives. Reading books from the perspective of someone else who is different than us, broadens our sight and hearing beyond our own lens. It allows us to walk across the street and move beyond the four walls of our homes. “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). We need each other to grow. The connections and conversations we have in book clubs are life giving and something we can always take with us. You never know what a conversation might spark or connection you will make in a book club that God will use for what he has for you next.
If you want to join the conversation and be a part of this next book club click on the link to join!
Here is a description of the next book from Amazon.
Hear the Voices and Hearts of Your Sisters.
In these turbulent times when the ugly stain of racism is at the forefront of our society bringing rampant division and mistrust, we desperately need ways to come together.
To build bridges of understanding between all in the body of Christ, we bring you twenty-three voices of Black Christian women, authors, ministers, educators, leaders, and mothers. Their powerful life experiences and heartfelt wisdom will shake you, open your eyes, and help you understand your sisters in Christ.
From the ways women of color are treated in our society, to raising Black daughters and sons, how a Black woman can have a white supremacist attitude, to how to respond as Christ would have us, their life experiences will be a link in bridging the gap between us with love.
May this powerful volume be a part of the bridge of love and understanding we need to walk across with our sisters.
Other Books we will possibly read:
The Gift of Pain- Phillip Yancey Permission to Feel- Dr. Marc Brackett
Be the Bridge- Latasha Morrison Together- Dr. Vivek Murthy
Clean Up Your Mental Mess- Dr. Caroline Leaf The Power of Vulnerability- Dr. Brené Brown
Get Out of Your Head- Jennie Allen Outliers- Malcolm Gladwell
Oneness Embraced- Tony Evans The Power of Moments- Chip and Dan Heath
How to Fight Racism- Jemar Tisby Boundaries- Dr. Henry Cloud
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