Barbara Culbertson, Coordinator
Calling all readers! Get ready for some stimulating discussions as we join to review both fiction and non-fiction books this year.
Book discussions are at 9:30 a.m. in the President's Dining Room (3rd floor, Webster Commons at SNU).
The book must be read to be able to discuss it. The moderator will ask for issues that were found in the reading and will begin the discussion. Participants continue the discussion, agreeing or disagreeing without being disagreeable.
November 13, 2017
I AM Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Our November book review will be the autobiography of Malala Yousafai, who at 17 became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her memoir, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, was banned by the All Pakistan Private Schools’ Federation. Wikipedia states, “A reviewer for The Guardian called the book ‘fearless’ and stated that ‘the haters and conspiracy theorists would do well to read this book.’ A reviewer for The Washington Post called the book ‘riveting’ and wrote that ‘It is difficult to imagine a chronicle of a war more moving, apart from perhaps the diary of Anne Frank.” I Am Lalala also resulted in a documentary film and in a children’s book. Check the library or Amazon for I Am Malala by Malala Yousafai and Christina Lamb.
Review of The Testament by John Grisham, to be discussed on Feb. 12, 2018.
John Grisham's writing makes this novel a spell-binder. The usual element of mystery is present, with the additional intrigue. that includes South America and a missionary.The plot revolves around the death of a multi-billionaire, Troy Phelan, whose descendents expect to inherit the fortune. They did not know that Phelan had changed his will, and the expected heirs set out to discredit this new will. What follows when an unlikely former drug-addict attorney searches for the newly named inheritor will capture your attention and make this an exciting read as well as serve as basis for some lively discussion.
Review of Scandalous Obligation, by Eric R. Severson, to be discussed on April 9, 2018.
Eric Severson is associate professor of philosophy at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. His career has included pastoral ministry as well as teaching, with intense focus on social justice and the responsibility of being a World Christian. Review by sociologist Tony Campolo states, "Severson makes us aware in this book that sin is not simply the breaking of rules, but is living with indifference."
Academian and author Karl Giberson describes Scandalous Obligation as a "wake-up call to a church grown self-absorbed and complacent."
Be prepared to dig deep into your Christian commitment to examine your beliefs as to how our faith is challenged by the needs of the real world.