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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Books for a Catholic Book Group

One of the regulars in my book club was asked by her Catholic History group at church to help them start a Catholic Book Group. She turned to me, her fearless book club leader, for suggestions of books which would work for a faith based discussion.

The first place I directed her to go was The Faithful Reader which is part of the Book Reporter network and is a well regarded resource for faith based books.  They have this extensive list of study guides, which are basically book discussion guides for faith centered books. They are not all from a Catholic perspective, but they are proven titles to be discussed from a faith based perspective.

There are also a few books I thought of that may work with the group, but not being Catholic myself, I told her to look them over for herself before suggesting them to the group.
On a side note, I regularly get requests from local book clubs to prepare lists of books for their groups. For those of you out there at RA desks, this is a great service to offer your patrons. Who better to compile the lists than you! Also, it is a great PR move. People love and appreciate the help so much, they will brag to their friends about how awesome you are.

4 comments:

Deborah said...

Becky, here's another great resource, not exclusively Catholic, but still a great list.

http://imagejournal.org/page/resources/top-100-books

ckubala said...

I'd highly recommend Mary Doria Russel's Sparrow to the group. It is about a Jesuit Priest who leads a mission to a newly found extraterrestial planet. Our book group read this several years ago and it sparked a spirited discussion of faith, god, and our place on earth, and whether other life forms exist.

Becky said...

Thanks for reminding me about The Sparrow. I totally forgot that the main character was a priest.

The Sparrow is a great choice for any book group, religious or not.

paul said...

Thanks for your blog :)