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 2019:
January 24, 2019 WHILE WE'RE FAR APART, Lynn Austin, fiction 4.5 of 5, -- 692 reviews, In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary.
February 28, 2019 WHEN YOU DON'T SEE HIS PLAN, Nadine Hennesy with Rebecca Baker 4.8 of 5 12 reviews, After eleven months of marriage to Ed—the love of her life—and pregnant with their first child, the last thing Nadine Hennesey expected was to become a widow. Their dream of serving God together on the mission field was suddenly shattered. However, through her pain and the encouragement of Elisabeth Elliot, God gave Nadine a new dream: to serve women and children whose lives have been affected by profound suffering and loss in war-torn Kosovo.
March 28, 2019 THE HONORABLE IMPOSTER, Gilbert Morris, historical fiction, 4.6 of 5, 93 reviews, The volume that launched the blockbuster House of Winslow series. Gilbert Winslow, forced by his family into the pulpit of the Church of England, becomes a spy among religious separatists. Who will he turn to when the forces of good and evil threaten to pull him apart? The book gives a better understanding of what our forefathers went through in leaving England and establishing themselves in New England. Mr. Morris did plenty of research and provides great period information and details. Watching Gilbert's coming to faith over the course of this novel was realistic and powerful. It's definitely worth reading.
APRIL 25, 2019: SHADOW OF THE STORM (Out of Egypt #2), by Connilyn Cossette, fiction, 4.49 of 5 -- 183 reviews, Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife. When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?
MAY 23, 2019: GOD GAVE ME YOU by Tricia Seaman & Diane Nichols, non-fiction, 4.9 of 5 – 42 reviews, When a single mother with terminal cancer asks an oncology nurse to look after her son, neither can imagine what God has in store. This is the heartwarming story of how two very different women with two very different paths were brought together for one very special purpose.
JUNE 27, 2019: SONG OF SILENCE by Cynthia Ruchti, fiction 4.6 of 5 – 118 reviews, Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they’re committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. While Charlie retired early, Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.
Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.
When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.
JULY 25, 2019: A PROPER PURSUIT by Lynn Austin, fiction, 4.6 – 5, -- 281 reviews, It seems a perfect backdrop for what Violet Hayes longs to experience: a little mystery, a little romance.
To be honest, it is more than a little mystery. She schemed her way to Chicago to discover the mother she barely remembered. As for romance--well, with the help of her grandmother and three great aunts, that is coming along nicely as well--perhaps too well. Each of her relatives--including her saintly grandmother--seems to have a separate agenda for her. In the course of a summer, Violet's world will open wide before her eyes. But in the wake of discovery, she must find a way to determine which path--and which man--will ultimately be the right lifetime choice for her.
AUGUST 22, 2019: LIFE EVERLASTING, by Robert Whitlow, fiction, 4.5 of 5 -- 157 reviews, With her client's husband somewhere between this world and the next, attorney Alexia Lindale makes an everlasting choice.
The youngest son of a family consumed by greed, Baxter Richardson lingers on this earth in a coma. His wife wants him dead to protect her secrets. His brother wants him dead to gain control of the family empire. And though Baxter's father fights to keep him alive, even he has ulterior motives.
But Baster has a surprising ally. A classically trained pianist, Ted Morgan believes music can be used as prayer. And Ted's divinely-inspired playing has been slowly pulling Baxter back from the brink of death.
Attorney Alexia Lindale represents Baxter's wife, Rena, but has no idea that she and her client are being played in a game that has higher stakes than a single legal case. As Baxter grows stronger, the more endangered he becomes. As Alexia navigates her responsibilities to her client, her relationship with the gifted musician, and her new relationship with God, she must discern the truth as it pertains to life, death, and life everlasting.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 D.L. MOODY, THE AMERICAN EVANGELIST, Bonnie Harvey, 4.5 of 5 reviews, For challenge and encouragement in your Christian life, read the life stories of the Heroes of the Faith. The novelized biographies of this series are inspiring and easy-to-read, ideal for Christians of any age or background. In D. L. Moody, readers will get to know the great American evangelist who “sold out” to God and traveled the world to introduce listeners to eternal life through Jesus Christ. Appropriate for readers from junior high through adult, helpful for believers of any background, these biographies encourage greater Christian commitment through the example of heroes like D. L. Moody.
OCTOBER 24, 2019: WINGS OF THE WIND (Out of Egypt #3), fiction, Connilyn Cossette, 4.8 of 5 – 208 reviews, Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage--for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love?
NOVEMBER 21, 2019: GRACE BEHIND BARS: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO FREEDOM, by Bo Mitchell, Gari Mitchell and Jerry Jenkins, 4.9 of 5 – 93 reviews, Grace Behind Bars shares the true and dramatic account of how Bo Mitchell, businessman and chaplain for the Denver Nuggets, inexplicably ended up in federal prison only to find God’s true freedom behind bars. Ironically, it’s in a six-by-nine-foot cell that God begins to free this driven Christian leader from his prison of performance and success. In the end, Bo realizes that God’s love is a gift, not something he must earn.
But there’s more to the story: Just before Bo enters prison, his wife, Gari, becomes incapacitated by a brain illness and enters her own prison of clinical depression.
Readers will see how the couple struggled together as their world fell apart, yet ultimately grew closer to each other and God behind the bars of their trials. This story will not only inspire and encourage readers, it will show them how they, too, can find spiritual freedom in life’s “prisons” if they choose to see God’s hand in their lives.
DECEMBER 19, 2019: CHRISTMAS AT HOLLY HILL, by Martha Rogers, fiction, 4.7 of 5, -- 25 reviews, Can Clayton Barlow prove he has changed his ways in time for Christmas?
It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town’s trust.
Clayton recognizes the schoolteacher at the Prairie Grove School as his childhood friend, Merry Lee Warner, and old feelings surface. Still, he doubts that he could ever get a woman like Merry to love him.
As the townspeople prepare for Christmas, their suspicions about Clayton lead to trouble. Will the trusting heart of an unlikely new friend be enough to restore Clayton’s relationships with his neighbors and reunite him with God and Merry?