Colonial Women's Book Club
Colonial Women’s Book Club meets in Family Center room FC 201 on the 4th Thursday in January through October and the 3rd Thursday in November and December. We meet from 1pm – 2:30pm to discuss a wide variety of books, selected annually by members, written by Christian authors. Books include biographies, missionary stories, and Inspirational Christian fiction. All ladies who are CBC members and guests of all ages are invited to attend. Contact Donna Bos for more information.
Book Club selections for 2020:
AUGUST 27, 2020: TO FLY AGAIN, by Gracia Burnham w/Dean Merrill, non-fiction, 4.8 of 5, -- 55 reviews
The world learned the horrendous details of Martin and Gracia Burnham's yearlong captivity in Gracia's book, In the Presence of My Enemies. To Fly Again, Gracia's reflections on the lessons and spiritual truths she learned in the jungle, contains 21 brief, theme-based chapters that squarely address the challenges each of us face when we lose control of some aspect of life. This book offers no pat answers or easy solutions, just the battle-tested wisdom of a woman who lived her greatest nightmare and came through it more convinced of God's grace than ever before. Even those unfamiliar with her dramatic story will be engaged by Gracia's insights.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020: THERE IS A WIDENESS by Mark McAllister, non-fiction, 4.6 of 5 – 8 reviews
History and fiction merge seamlessly in the 1937 oil-town setting of New London, Texas. When a gas-leak explosion kills more than 300 school children, teachers, and visitors, young Luke Robertson loses his little sister, and Russ Smith loses his mind—at least for a while.
Years later, fate mysteriously brings these two men together again, provoking them to seek answers to the questions that have haunted them. Join them on the dusty back roads of Texas as they discover the wideness of God's mercy. Based on a true story!
OCTOBER 22, 2020: HARVEST OF RUBIES, by Tessa Afshar, fiction, 4.8 of 5 – 557 reviews
Remarkable talent threatens to cloud a life...The prophet Nehemiah's cousin has been catapulted into the center of the Persian court - working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and becoming the queen's favorite scribe. Not bad, for a woman living in a man's world. But a devastating past has left Sarah believing that God doesn't love her and that her achievements are the measure of her worth - a measure she can never quite live up to. Darius Pasargadae is accustomed to having his way. A wealthy and admired aristocrat, the last thing he expects is an arranged marriage to the queen's scribe, an intelligent woman who scorns him. Can two such different people help one another overcome the idols that bind them?
NOVEMBER 19, 2020: ANGEL IN AISLE 3, by Kevin West, fiction, 4.6 of 5 – 59 reviews
In the tradition of An Invisible Thread and Same Kind of Different as Me, Angel in Aisle 3 is the “heart wrenching yet hopeful” (Publishers Weekly) true story of an unlikely friendship that began with a chance meeting in a grocery store between a bank executive bound for prison and an elderly stranger.
When Kevin West resigned from his job as vice president of a bank after making fraudulent loans, he spent the time before his trial managing a family-owned, small grocery store in Ironton, Ohio. Dealing with serious marriage problems and with a prison sentence almost certainly in his future, Kevin was overcome with remorse and without a scrap of hope. It was at his lowest moment that Kevin called out to a power beyond himself for help, and God answered his prayer in the form of an elderly vagrant named Don. What began as a chance meeting between two individuals whose lives seemed headed for certain ruin turns into an unlikely friendship that saved them both.
It was this friendship that helped Kevin thrive in prison, restore his failed marriage, and gave Don a chance at a new life that went beyond anyone’s imagination. Moving and awe-inspiring, this story of a pure friendship sheds light on the redemption and hope that can grow out of relationships based in faith.
DECEMBER 17, 2020: THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL PROJECT, by Melody Carlson, fiction, 4.5 of 5, -- 123 reviews
Inspired by their late friend's gifts for them, four members of a book club each decide to become someone's Christmas angel - and find their own lives are changed. Perfect for listeners who want a heartwarming and hopeful Christmas story.
Five women from different walks of life have become close friends through their book club - enjoying one another's company even more than they enjoy the books. So when the leader of the book club unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the four remaining friends are stunned. They relied on Abby for inspiration and motivation. She was the glue that held them together, and they're sure that without her the group can't continue.
When the group gathers "one last time" to open a bag Abby's husband gives them, they find Abby had made each of them an angel ornament for Christmas, crafted especially for each woman and accompanied by a sweet and personal note. Inspired by their beloved friend, together Cassidy, Louisa, Grace, and Belinda decide to commit themselves to becoming Christmas angels to others in need. Each woman will use her life situation and talents to reach out and help others in her own unique way - little knowing that her own life and her relationships will be changed forever.