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Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | Summer Reading 2017

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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 announcing ALL the summer books at once so you can plan ahead for books you might need to take on vacation or buy/borrow for the next few months.

What stays the same?

We’re keeping our simple discussion format for the summer.  Each month, 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!)

We’re excited about all of our books, and we’re especially excited by how many of them are currently on sale for Kindle!!!  Please be sure to get these books downloaded before the sales expire.  Several of these books are also found at many public libraries so you may be able to read along with us for free!

 

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

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June nonfiction book
first impressions
June fiction book
lean on me
July nonfiction book
someday home
July fiction book
a beautiful offering
August nonfiction book
this road we traveled
August fiction book

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!

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Heather King is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

 

Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | May 2017

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Welcome to the big announcement about what we’ll be reading in the WBC Book Club in May!  It’s hard to believe that this is our last month of reading together in the spring.  It won’t be long before we’re announcing our summer reading list!

But there’s no reason to wait until summer to get in some good time with a great book.  We’ve chosen two books we think you’ll really enjoy this month.

If you’re new to the WBC Book Club, welcome.  You’ve found a wonderful place where we can gather online, read together, encourage one another, learn from each other, and share in a community of women who love good books.

If you’ve already been reading with us, welcome back!  We love reading with you and discussing Christian books with you.

You can read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions here if you are getting started and want to know how to participate!

Here’s how the WBC Book Club works:

Each month, we read one Christian nonfiction book and one Christian  fiction book.  You can choose whether to read one or both books with us each month.

We start reading on the first of the month.

There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week.

Our simple discussion format allows women to participate at whatever time works for you.  All month long I’ll post easy-to-answer questions in our Book Club chat room.  Anyone can participate in these “Quick Chats!”  They are not live discussions; you can post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

While all of our book 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.

So what are we reading? Here are the May books for the Book Club:

  • May nonfiction:  Come With Me by Suzanne Eller

    “Two thousand years ago, 12 men answered the call to follow a man they hardly knew–and they were changed in ways they never imagined. Today that same invitation echoes across history, beckoning you to an adventure that will spill into every aspect of your faith and life. Come with Me. Will you say yes?”

  • May fiction: When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti

    Cynthia Ructhi wrote this beautiful book about three women from different times who all learn about God’s hope and His grace even in the toughest circumstances.

Please remember to check used book sales online as well as Kindle deals and your local library to find good prices on our selections!

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

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 with us? If so, post a comment and let us know and then be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can participate in the discussions.

Enjoy a good book with us!

Disclaimer: Heather King is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | March 2017

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Some of us might be intimidated by prayer and not know where to begin.  Some of us have great intentions when it comes to prayer and we set up fancy systems, journals, boxes, calendars and more to help us pray more consistently, but then we don’t keep up with them long-term.  Some of us are great at praying for others and don’t know how to pray for ourselves (or vice versa).

As Christians, we know we’re called to pray, but we don’t often feel like we’re truly maintaining a vibrant prayer life.

For the month of March here in the Book Club, our heart is to focus a bit on prayer and consider how we can refresh and reinvigorate our time with God.  We hope you’ll join us as we read two books with this same theme in March!

If you’re new to the WBC Book Club, welcome.  You’ve found a wonderful place where we can gather online, read together, encourage one another, learn from each other, and share in a community of women who love good books.

If you’ve already been reading with us, welcome back!  We love reading with you and discussing Christian books with you.

You can read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions here if you are getting started and want to know how to participate!

Here’s how the WBC Book Club works:

Each month, we read one Christian nonfiction book and one Christian  fiction book.  You can choose whether to read one or both books with us each month.

We start reading on the first of the month.

There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week.

Our simple discussion format allows women to participate at whatever time works for you.  All month long I’ll post easy-to-answer questions in our Book Club chat room.  Anyone can participate in these “Quick Chats!”  They are not live discussions; you can post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

While all of our book 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.

So what are we reading? Here are the March books for the Book Club following a theme of “Prayer.”

Please remember to check used book sales online as well as Kindle deals and your local library to find good prices on our selections!

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

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 with us? If so, post a comment and let us know and then be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can participate in the discussions.

Enjoy a good book with us!

Disclaimer: Heather King is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

Author Chat with Jan Harrison

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Over at the Women’s Bible Cafe Book Club, we’ve been reading Jan Harrison’s book, Becoming a Woman Who Knows God by Name.

Today, we have a special treat for all of you!  Jan graciously agreed to sit down and answer some of our questions.  We loved learning more about her and we hope her answers will be an encouragement and blessing for all of you!

Here’s what Jan had to say:

What’s your favorite footwear:  heels, flats, sneakers, flip-flops or bare feet?

It’s January and I’m sitting at my desk wearing my Rainbows (brand name for leather flip flops.) They are definitely my footwear of choice!

What’s your least favorite household chore?

My least favorite household chore is mopping although the Swiffer has definitely made it easier.

Have you always had the desire to write, even as a child?

As a child I liked to write notes, letters, and cards. I won a few essay contests in lower grades but I was not a very good English student in high school.  Grammar is a necessary part of good writing but thankfully there are editors!

Can you tell us a little bit about your writing journey? Why did you want to write this book?  Have you had rejections from publishers as an author and, if so, how did you deal with that?  Do you have any tips for ladies who want to find an agent or publisher or who are beginning to write?

My writing journey has been a little unconventional. After years of teaching Bible classes and speaking to women’s groups, I was offered an opportunity to put the lessons into book form. Becoming A Woman Who Knows God by Name was written the summer following the sudden death of my 27- year old son. In the days following his death, I clutched a verse from Song of Solomon 1:3, “ Your name is ointment poured forth.” I needed healing ointment to soothe and heal my broken heart. He did not disappoint.

My only advice to someone beginning to write is to write about something you are deeply committed to and personally passionate about. I write because I believe what I have to say can be used to encourage, strengthen, and point others to Jesus.

Do you have one particular place you like to write or maybe a time of day? What’s your favorite writing environment? 

My favorite time of day is early mornings. I am clearest and most productive at that time so it is when I usually do my best writing. I fix my coffee, have my personal quiet time, and start to write. I try to put down the ideas and thoughts and not get caught up in sentence construction and grammatical structure when I begin. If I could, I would be on a covered porch with a warm breeze blowing and look out over the beautiful blue ocean. That occasionally works out but most of the time I work in my office at home.

What are some of the things you pray before you write? Did you/do you use God’s  names as you pray?  How do you do that?

I have a “Note to Self” taped on my desk. It reads, “Not that (I) am adequate of myself, to consider anything as coming from myself; but my adequacy is from You.” (2 Cor. 3:5) I do use God’s names when I write. Elohim is my creator. He made and gifted me with purpose. Writing is a part of His gifting and calling on my life.  El Shaddai is all-sufficient to do what I am not able to do. Jehovah Jirah provides all I need to complete what He has started. Writing is healing and Jehovah Rophe is Healer for me and for my readers. When I sit at my computer and begin to write I visualize the Banner of God, Jehovah Nissi being raised up over me, marking the time and place as His. He gives me Shalom, peace,  when words get stuck, deadlines loom, and time feels as if it is snatched out from under me. I always want to see my writing, teaching, speaking as an offering of thanks and praise poured lavishly onto the feet of Adonai, my Lord and Master.

What is your favorite book of the Bible or favorite Bible verse?

My favorite OT book is Genesis because I love family and Genesis is full of examples of family relationships. There are so many principles to learn and lessons to apply in our own family relationships. The Gospel of John reveals the most precious relationship of all, the opportunity to become a member of the family of God through Jesus Christ.

Would you share a little of your testimony with us, maybe how you came to Christ and some of your biggest lessons along the way?

My love for the Word is directly related to my testimony. I grew up in church and took Bible classes in school. I was intrigued with the stories and history and believed all of them. But I had no idea how to apply them to my own life. When I was 27 years old I was invited to a Bible Study where I heard, “You must be born again.” (John 3:7) I realized I was trying to be a Christian without accepting Christ personally. When I asked Jesus to save me from my sins, and was spiritually born into His family, everything began to change. The Word became my life and breath. That was over 30 years ago and it grows more precious and personal every single day. Perhaps the biggest lesson I learned from my own testimony was to never assume people know how to be saved. They may come to Bible study, church, have spiritual interests, but not have a clue how to become related to Jesus through the cross. I never want to write or speak and have someone think, “Why didn’t she tell me?’’

Are you still involved in international ministry, such as the outreach in Africa that you talk about in your book?

I am very involved in With Open Eyes, the ministry founded by my late son and his father, to accelerate the sharing and teaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ to the unreached and under-served peoples of the world. I recently returned from a Refugee Settlement in Uganda where our Mobile Messengers are ministering to people fleeing persecution in South Sudan. Although the circumstances are heartbreaking, many are being saved and people are hearing the Good News in desperate times.

How have you seen God use your own experiences with suffering and loss and transform them into “beauty for ashes?”

My own suffering and loss have taught me many things on multiple levels but I think the most profound lesson of all is to witness the redeeming power of Jesus. He takes anything, everything surrendered to Him, and uses it for our good and His glory. He is Redeemer, Restorer, and Reviver of all who trust their suffering and loss to Him.

Thanks so much to Jan Harrison for chatting with us!

If you want to learn more about her writing and ministry, you can visit her at these links:

 

Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | February 2017

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Every season is a good season for reading, and winter is no different. We hope you’ve been enjoying some cozy reading time with a good book, a warm blanket, and a cup of cocoa, tea or coffee.

Here at the Womens Bible Cafe Book Club, we’re looking forward to some new books for our winter reading!

If you’re new to the WBC Book Club, welcome.  You’ve found a wonderful place where we can gather online, read together, encourage one another, learn from each other, and share in a community of women who love good books.

If you’ve already been reading with us, welcome back!  We love reading with you and discussing Christian books with you.

You can read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions here if you are getting started and want to know how to participate!

Here’s how the WBC Book Club works:

Each month, we read one Christian nonfiction book and one Christian  fiction book.  You can choose whether to read one or both books with us each month.

We start reading on the first of the month.

There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week.

Our simple discussion format allows women to participate at whatever time works for you.  All month long I’ll post easy-to-answer questions in our Book Club chat room.  Anyone can participate in these “Quick Chats!”  They are not live discussions; you can post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

While all of our book 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.

So what are we reading? Here are the February books for the Book Club

Please remember to check used book sales online as well as Kindle deals and your local library to find good prices on our February reads!

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

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 with us? If so, post a comment and let us know and then be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can participate in the discussions.

Enjoy a good book with us!

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Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | January 2017

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It’s official, book-loving friends.  When I typed the title of this post, it was the first time I’ve written out the date with “2017” in it.  It’s time for a new year and that means new books and new fun with our WBC Book Club!

If you’re new to the WBC Book Club, welcome.  You’ve found a wonderful place where we can gather online, read together, encourage one another, learn from each other, and share in a community of women who love good books.

If you’ve already been reading with us, welcome back!  We love reading with you and discussing Christian books with you.

You can read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions here if you are getting started and want to know how to participate!

Here’s how the WBC Book Club works:

Each month, we read one Christian nonfiction book and one Christian  fiction book.  You can choose whether to read one or both books with us each month.

We start reading on the first of the month.

There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week.

Our simple discussion format allows women to participate at whatever time works for you.  All month long I’ll post easy-to-answer questions in our Book Club chat room.  Anyone can participate in these “Quick Chats!”  They are not live discussions; you can post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

While all of our book 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.becoming

So what are we reading? Here are the January books for the Book Club

Please remember to check used book sales online as well as Kindle deals and your local library to find good deals on our January reads!

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

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 with us? If so, post a comment and let us know and then be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can participate in the discussions.

Enjoy a good book with us!

Comment using your Facebook Account OR scroll to bottom of page and comment using your email