Book Club Reading List
Here are some suggestions from our Book Club. We'd love to discuss our choices with you, and have you join any of our meetings!
Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. But a stunning string of events, resulting in a charge of murder, will see their lives intersecting again in a way that may shatter them both.
Wings of Refuge by Lynn Austin
Abby has just been rocked by her husband's infidelity. She tries to escape from it all by going to Israel for an archeological dig. There she meets Hannah, an archeologist, and Ari and Rachel. This is also the story of Leah, one of the early Christians. These are women with brave love stories and historical elements that withstand the test of time. This is a novel about forgiveness and the lesson that you can't run from your pain - you have to face it and learn to live again.
The Immortal by Angela Hunt
This Christy Award-winning author takes on the Legend of the Wandering Jew in this apocalyptic evangelical Christian novel. Asher Genzano, an employee of Rome's peace-loving Global Union organization, stuns his American colleague Claudia Fischer when he claims to be 2000 years old. Cursed to wander the Earth until Christ's return, he has sought out and fought prospective anti-Christs in each generation. He is convinced that the anti-Christ of 2000 is their suave, cosmopolitan boss, rapidly rising to international power by covertly crushing his opposition.
Last Light by Terri Blackstock
After an unexplained catastrophic event in the atmosphere knocks out all electronics in the world, materialistic, well-to-do Americans are suddenly left helpless. As they get down to the essentials of life, they learn to lean on God as they never have before. This is the first book in the four-book Restoration Series. You will find that you will want to read the other books in the series to find out what finally happens.
A Skeleton in God’s Closet by Paul Maier
When an ancient skeleton is discovered in Israel, will it shed new light on the life of Jesus or plunge the world into chaos? Dr. Jonathan Weber, Harvard professor and biblical scholar, is looking forward to his sabbatical year on an archaeological dig in Israel. But a spectacular find that seems to be an archaeologist's dream-come-true becomes a nightmare that many fear will be the death rattle of Christianity. Carefully researched and compellingly written, A Skeleton in God's Closet explores the tension between faith and doubt when science and religion collide.
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not in the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch--both former suitors. The author delivers an impeccably crafted romance rich in fascinating details about life both upstairs and downstairs in a country estate.
To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Sandra Byrd
This is the story of Meg Wyatt, pledged forever as the best friend to Anne Boleyn since their childhoods on neighboring manors in Kent. When Anne’s star begins to ascend, of course she takes her best friend Meg along for the ride. Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling at first, but as Anne’s favor rises and falls, so does Meg’s. Meg finds her place in history, her own calling to the Lord that she must follow, with consequences of her own. Each character in the book is tested to figure out what love really means, and what, in this life, is worth dying for.
The Presence by T. Davis Bunn
A North Carolina lawyer and politician takes a stand of integrity that costs him his reelection. As he considers his future, a morning of quiet reflection is transformed into a remarkable summons that propels him into the middle of Washington politics. Accompanying this commission is an extraordinary sense of divine direction to help reshape twisted lives and challenge corrupt systems.
Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar
Sarah is a Jew in ancient Persia, cousin of Nehemiah, and the daughter of the scribe Simeon, whose attention she wins only when she proves to possess literary abilities of her own. Sarah becomes a professional scribe and wins the affections of the queen only to find herself bound to marry a man she doesn't know and forced to give up the job that she loves. But Sarah finds wisdom and strength in the texts and traditions of her people, and knits together an unconventional community of support. Afshar's story challenges misconceptions about harem life and the roles of ancient women while introducing us to a lovable heroine.
Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols
Abandoning her godly upbringing, Mary Bridget (Bridie) Washburn flees the hills of Virginia with a man who forces her into a life of crime. She eventually reports him to the police and strikes out on her own. Assuming a new identity, she lives a quiet life until she meets a teenaged girl begging God for help. Alasdair MacPherson, the girl's father, is a widowed pastor struggling to raise three children after his wife's suicide. When he hires Bridie as a nanny for his troubled family, her faith is rekindled, and she and Alasdair slowly fall in love. This is a great story that illustrates the power of prayer and redemption.
Pontius Pilate by Paul L. Maier
Paul Maier uses what is historically known of Pilate’s life and rise to power, adds in the known political climate of first-century Judea, and unveils the colorful, untold story that changed history for all time. Maier captures the drama of imperial Rome under the all-powerful Tiberius Caesar, the plottings of his political allies and enemies, and his relationship with his beloved but ambitious wife, Procula. His great moment arrives as he exchanges the intrigues of Rome for the bewildering environment of Judea. In Pontius Pilate, Maier paints a picture for modern readers to help them understand the behind-the-scenes complexities, political and religious realities, and ultimately, the humanity of the people we know from Scripture.
Blue Heart Blessed by Susan Meissner
Left standing at the altar, Daisy Murien, a wounded but hopeful romantic, opens a secondhand wedding dress boutique, hoping to soothe her broken heart while giving doomed wedding dresses a second chance at love. Her predictable days take a sharp turn, though, when the retired Episcopal priest who blesses the tiny, blue satin heart she sews into each dress falls ill. When the priest’s brooding and recently divorced son arrives with plans to take his ailing father away, a contest of wills begins between two stubborn—and hurting—souls. This compelling story is about the magnificence of unconditional love and God’s impeccable timing in bringing it about.
And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers
When Paul Hudson eagerly accepted the call to pastor a struggling church, he hoped to please the Lord with his plans and hard work. Her was wildly successful, following in the footsteps of his famous father who had built a mega-church in a different part of the state. Paul's church grew in numbers and local prominence - yet his family and the original church members saw the seeds of destruction in Paul's personal life and ministry as he loses his focus on the Lord. This book was voted the #1 favorite of the books read by the Book Club from March 2001 to May 2004.
City of Angels by Tracie Peterson and James Scott Bell
Kit Shannon arrives in turn-of-the-century Los Angeles feeling a special calling to practice law. Yet under the care of her socialite aunt, Kit quickly realizes that few understand her desire to seek justice for the poor and oppressed. When her aunt adamantly refuses to support Kit's unconventional career aspirations, Kit questions whether she is truly following God's will. When Kit is mentored by a prominent criminal trial lawyer, a new world of opportunity is opened to her. This is the first in a three-book series.