Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | Summer 2015


It’s time for Summer Reading here at the Womens Bible Café!  Whether you’re toting books to the beach, reading your Kindle while on a road trip, or grabbing a few minutes with a good book before bed at night, we hope you’ll read along with us this summer!

While these selections are available in print, they are also offered in Kindle ebook format for our international guests.  You can find them on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, christianbook.com, in Christian bookstores, or even possibly at your local library or church library.  Used books can sometimes be found on ebay or other online used book outlets.

What’s different during the summer?

Normally, we announce books month-by-month, but we’re shaking things up here and doing things a little differently.  So that you can plan ahead for the books you might need to take on vacation or buy/borrow over the next few months, we’re announcing ALL the summer books at once!

We’re also simplifying our discussion format for the summer.  Instead of posting several discussion questions a week in one long book discussion post, I’ll be posting easy-to-answer questions about once a week in the chat room.  It should be simple for anyone to participate in these Quick Chats.  They are not live discussions; you can still post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

We’ll still read one nonfiction book and one fiction book each month.  You will start reading your books when each new month begins.  There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week. All you need to do is complete the book and be ready to discuss it during the month. It’s that simple! We meet in a private Facebook group or you can post your comments on our website for discussion; either method is fine.

So what are we reading? (drumroll please!)

Join us as we read and discuss the following books with our Facebook group!

Heart Sisters Be the Friend You Want to Have
June Nonfiction Book
potluck club
June Fiction Book
July Nonfiction Book
July Fiction Book
love does
August Nonfiction Book
August Fiction Book

Big News!  Don’t miss this announcement!

To help us kick off our summer reading, we’ll be chatting with author, Natalie Chambers Snapp about her book Heart Sisters on Monday, June 8th at 9 p.m. Eastern on the main Womens Bible Cafe Facebook page.  We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join in this fun night!!

How to Join the WBC Book Club

To join the Facebook group, LOGIN to Facebook first then click here:

Book Club: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCbooks/

Are you interested in reading these books this summer? If so, post a comment below and tell us which book you’ll be reading.

Have fun reading this summer!

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Conversation Peace Online Bible Study Starts June 8, 2015

Conversation-Peace-Mary KassianONLINE BIBLE STUDY: You’re invited to study Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech (2014 revised edition) by Mary Kassian, via the Womens Bible Cafe. During our six-week study you’ll experience the power of transformed speech. This award-winning Bible study was first published in 2001, and has been updated for today’s modern women. Our study begins on June 8, 2015 so get your books and join us! We start reading week one- The Power of Negotiation- on June 8, 2015

  • Discover seven powerful speech-transforming elements
  • Master the skills of effective communicators
  • Strengthen your vocabulary with Words from the Word
  • Connect with others in a small-group experience
  • Freshen Your Breath with weekly Scripture memory

Each 20-minute daily Bible study lesson will be completed at home using your member workbook. You’ll then meet with your small group once a week to share your own testimonies and discoveries. Some of the weekly topics in the Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech book include:

  1. The Power of Navigation
  2. The Power of Cause and Effect
  3. The Power of Exchange
  4. The Power of Open Gate
  5. The Power of Construction
  6. The Power of Instruction

To participate in this online womens bible study, you need a copy of Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech (2014 revised edition) available at Amazon or  Lifeway Stores.

The workbook is NOT available in Kindle or eBook format. There is a chapter book, so if you are in an international country and unable to obtain the workbook with daily lessons, then consider the chapter book as an alternative. You’ll miss the benefit of daily lessons but still have enough information to join our small group discussions. To order the Chapter Book without daily lessons, CLICK HERE

If you have never participated in online study at the Womens Bible Cafe, it’s pretty simple. You’ll read the book at home, then visit the Womens Bible Cafe to participate in online group discussions. We have small group meetings several days of the week, morning and evening, via a private Facebook group.  Choose ONE small group that best fits your schedule…and if you miss a session then you are welcome to attend another one during the week so you do not fall behind. We will post the small group schedule as soon as we know how many women are participating…about 1 week before the study begins.

Mary Kassian is an award winning author, popular speaker, and a distinguished professor of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: Girls Gone Wise, In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and The Feminist Mistake.

How to Join the Conversation Peace Online Bible Study

  • Post a comment below. Be sure to introduce yourself, tell us where you live and then answer this fun question: If you wrote a book about your current season of life, what would the title be?
  • Subscribe to the email updates for the Womens Bible Cafe if you are new to our studies- click here
  • Join us on Facebook for small group meetings- click here
  • Get a copy of the Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian Print workbook version CLICK HERE or Kindle Chapter book version without daily lessons (not recommended) CLICK HERE
  • Make sure you read the WBC Getting Started page when you click here
  • Direct link for the workbook: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/conversation-peace-revised-edition-P005706020

I look forward to seeing you in the small groups!

With Love,

christine abraham




How do I know if I’m registered?

  • We do not have auto-responder email programs. If you post a comment on the website, you are registered.
  • Small groups are open attendance and you select your own day and time you wish to attend.
  • Once you register by posting a comment on the website, join our Facebook group for updates.
  • Facebook groups meet here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/

Christian Prayer Box | Simple Method to Organize Prayers

Many women have been asking about my Simple Prayer Box and sharing my photos with their friends. I started this a few years ago when my I selected “simplicity” as my one focus word for the year. I wanted a simple method to organize my prayers and remind myself to interceded for family and friends. I’ve made a few changes since then and here is the prayer box I’m using today.

Simple Prayer Box

How to Create a Simple Prayer Box

You’ll need these items for your prayer box:

  1. Index card file box with key
  2. Index card blank tabs
  3. Index card 1-31 tabs (optional)
  4. Index cards

I found my file box at Walmart and another one at the local office supply store. You can also find them at Amazon in pretty colors: pink, white or silver and black. I was not able to find the index blank tabs locally so I bought them online. See resources below if you cannot find the items where you live.


How to Use Your Simple Prayer Box

Organize your box using the index tabs. Here’s how I have organized my box using these tabs:

  1. Ministry leaders at Womens Bible Cafe
  2. Ministry Leaders in other ministries
  3. Scripture Verses
  4. My Bible study small groups- Monday Group, Tuesday Group, Friday Group
  5. Family
  6. Friends
  7. Church- my local church, other churches, pastors
  8. Prayer Room- these are the women who post prayer requests online
  9. Country and Government
  10. Daily tabs 1-31

Behind each tab I keep the names in alphabetical order, it’s easier for me to find the name of a friend and add her prayer to her card. If someone has a scheduled surgery, mammogram, doctor’s appointment, job interview, etc.- I use the numbered tabs and move her card there so I remember to pray for her on a specific date. I also use the numbered tabs to remember birthday’s.

During my quiet time with the Lord, I pull a stack of cards and pray through them.  If I am convicted of a Scripture verse, I write it on the prayer card including the date. Several of my friends have breast cancer, so I keep all their names on a single card and set aside time to pray for them as a group. When prayers are answered, I write this on my card.

You could write the address, phone number and email of your friends on the top of the card. Then as you are praying send them a text message, or if you have the time, a handwritten card. Don’t complicate this…as you create your own prayer box pray and ask the Lord how to keep it simple so that you will use it.

I’d love to see photos and ideas from your own prayer boxes, so please post them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. These are wonderful gifts ideas for your girlfriends and Bible study leaders. It’s also a good activity for local small groups to create their boxes together.

As promised, these are the resources if you can’t find the items locally.

Locking Box

Blank Tabs

1-31 Tabs

3 x 5 lined cards

Do not buy index cards at Walmart, I discovered the paper is really thin and doesn’t hold up well. If you want to save money, split the cost of the blank tabs with a friend, or don’t use the 1-31 tabs. Keep in mind this is something you’ll use for years, so the initial cost is small compared to the long-term use!


Much love to you,