Faith and Fiction

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Faith & Fiction, the book club sponsored by First Presbyterian Church and now in its 31st year, invites anyone with an interest in reading and thoughtful discussion to join the group, which meets the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m., October through April, in Room N-123.

Quoting from a 1998 letter received from Jan Ross: “Art and I started the Faith and Fiction group to see what our Christian faith has to say about the situations with which such writers are dealing and about the themes they bring to the reader. I strongly believe that the Christian faith, as believed and practiced by people, belongs to the world rather than being isolated from it, and I believe that the Christian faith offers a critical stance for making sense of the world—the world as it is.” The group’s current co-chairs, Margie Laughlin and Jean Reed, suggest that readers keep this idea in mind as this year’s books are read. 

2016-2017 Reading List



A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a curmudgeon his entire life until his real self wins out.

Discussion Leader: Lorraine Franckle








The Secret Chord
 by Geraldine Brooks

King David is presented in a way we could never have imagined.

Discussion Leader: Rev. Will Browne







by Ron Chernow

This interesting book is the basis for the popular Broadway play in 750 pages, so you might want to start reading this summer.

Discussion Leader: Al May







The Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson

Real life drama of good and evil - master builder and demented doctor - at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Discussion Leader: Charles Willis








Safely Home
by Randy Alcorn

Former college roommates meet in China after 20 years and are shocked at what they discover about each other.  Thrown together in a dark hour, they must both make choices that will change everything.

Discussion Leader: Lisa Peters






The Japanese Lover
by Isabel Allende

Two children become very close, and through war and significant changes, their attachment is lifelong.

Discussion Leader: Cynthia Garrels







APRIL 3         

by R. J. Palacio

A young boy with severe life challenges braves middle school and ends up changing his fellow students outlook and life.  This is a truly heartwarming and moving story.

Discussion Leader: Linda Santoro




*November 7--An earlier start this evening beginning with a potluck supper.

**December 5--Book exchange tonight. Details to follow








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