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Next Book: Mission at Nuremberg

We will meet April 22 to discuss Mission at Nuremberg.  This history tells of the LCMS pastor called to be chaplain to the Nazi war criminals on trial after WWII.   If you want to hear about the book, check out this podcast interview

Next Book: Humor on the Way to Heaven

Book Club takes up Janet Gillespie-Orsborn's Humor on the Way to Heaven for our March 25 meeting.  We met Janet last year and she's now married former member Larry Orsborn.  The book talks about caregiving at life's end and the positive role humor can play in that care.

Next Book: A Wrinkle in Time

Book Club takes up Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time for the February 25 meeting.  There's a ton of commentary about this book on-line.  If anyone has a favorite, post it in this thread for those who have read the book before.

February Nominations

Nominations for February’s book club include:

Humor on the Way to Heaven by Janet Gillespie-Orsborn is renominated.  Janet is married to Larry Orsborn and visited Holy Cross last year with him.

Andy Andrews’ The Noticer is also renominated.

Rev. Jonathan Fisk’s Broken:  7 “Christian” Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible is nominated.

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is nominated.

Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is nominated.


Humor on the Way to Heaven has a youtube video to tell its story, here.  The book is written from the experience of caregiving at life's end, shining a light on the humor that can be found even in the midst of grief.  The book is available in e-format and paperback.

The Noticer is available in every format, but not through our libraries.  The Noticer is part fiction, part allegory, part inspiration.  This book is about perspective, imagining a mysterious old man wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and leather sandals who shows up in people's lives when everything seems to be going wrong.  The old man offers a little perspective, noticing things that might just change some lives.

Broken is written by an LC-MS pastor, published by CPH.  It also has a video to explain what it’s all about here.  The book challenges rules that many Christians think they ought to live by, which are actually contrary to truly following Jesus.  It is available in ebook and paperback.

Hillbilly Elegy is a recent NYTimes bestseller, a memoir about growing up in Kentucky and Ohio.  The book is often noted for explaining recent political trends; it also has a lot to say about the religion and culture of Appalachia.

A Wrinkle in Time is a classic scifi/fantasy novel just over fifty years old, now set to be released as a Disney movie.  The author, Madeline L’Engle is an American Episcopalian.  Though a tale about young children and for younger audiences, there is plenty here for adults to discuss, especially before its release as a movie.

Gene Veith's Spirituality of the Cross

Given the busyness of Advent and Christmas, the book club elected to move their meeting time back to the first Sunday in January.  We will meet after church again and are looking for volunteers to help cook the meal.  

Gene Veith's The Spirituality of the Cross won the vote for next book to read.  Gene Veith has an active and interesting blog, updated daily at  He has written much about our faith, especially on the topic of vocation.  A discussion thread on his book will follow in a few weeks.

December Nominees

Nominations for December's book club include:

Life in a Jar:  The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer.  It's available in audiobook and eBook.

God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew.  It's available in audobook and eBook.

Humor on the Way to Heaven by Janet Gillespie-Orsborn.  Janet is engaged to Larry Orsborn and visited Holy Cross last Lent with him.

Spirituality of the Cross by Gene Veith.  This is available in eBook.

Life in a Jar tells the true WWII-era story of a Polish Catholic social worker who organized her fellow workers to save thousands of Jewish children, "talking mothers out of their children."

God's Smuggler is a classic true-life tale of smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.  Brother Andrew's famous prayer at the border was "Lord, make seeing eyes blind," carrying Bibles in his Volkswagon Beetle.

Humor on the Way to Heaven has a youtube video to tell its story, here.  The book is written from the experience of caregiving at life's end, shining a light on the humor that can be found even in the midst of grief.

Spirituality of the Cross shows why the "Lutheran spirit" runs counter to (and deeper than) so many of the spiritualities of this age.  For an explanation of what Veith means by "spirituality of the cross," read this short piece.  The full book paints the picture of a Jesus-centered spirituality that we live day by day in our vocations

November Book: The Screwtape Letters

November Book Club will meet after church, November 26 to discuss C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters.  This was one of the closest votes yet, with two of the books just behind.  I suspect we will take up one of the other nominees in future months.

You can find The Screwtape Letters in many different formats.  It has gone through several printings and has a number of audiobook options, ranging from John Cleese to Andy Serkis.  (Do watch on the audio versions that some are abridged.)