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.