YIMC Book Club — What’s Next?

We have two chapters left in Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton, and Webster will post on these each of the next two Thursday evenings. Which means that by Thursday, January 14, we should know what book we’re reading next!

We’d like your suggestions. What would you like to read and discuss together? There are a few considerations:

  1. The book should be relatively short, like Orthodoxy, so that it doesn’t take forever to read.
  2. It should be something that can be read in bite-size installments, say, 15-20 pages at a time. I know some are voracious readers and could do a book a week, but we want to encourage participation.
  3. It should be something that is not hard to get, either on line or in cheap paperback. (AbeBooks and other used-book sites are great sources for paperbacks, even hardcovers, under $5.)
  4. If the book was written in a foreign language, the suggestion should include the name of the English translator.

Can’t think of any other issues right now . . . What do you think we should read together?

  • Maria Neva

    "Reed of God" by Caryll Houselander!! A true spiritual classic, and Houselander wrote it in a nice essay style, so it's a good read for a book group. It's also a great title to read during the time between Christmas and Lent, as it dwells on the Incarnation and fiat of Mary alongside her motherly sorrows and daily life – and applies her life to ours, as being called to bear Christ to the world as she did.Read more about it at http://www.aquinasandmore.com/title/The-Reed-Of-God—Soft-Cover/SKU/2553

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05527657294925014026 Michelle

    I read a book a few months back called "The Illumined Heart" but Fredrica Mathewes-Green, who is Eastern Orthodox. It was extremely inspirational, very easy to read and short – but full of good meat.

  • Warren Jewell

    First choice: the Gospel of Saint John, from out of the widely available Revised Standard Version-Catholic EditionSecond: Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis for which see http://www.aquinasandmore.com/title/Mere-Christianity/SKU/18948/ and elsewhere.Third: One Shepherd, One Flock by Oliver Barres, at http://www.aquinasandmore.com/title/One-Shepherd–One-Flock/SKU/1818/ – which has the advantages of a preface by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., a forward by Fr. Avery Dulles, S.J. and an introduction by Frank J. Sheed.And, is there no way to permit cut-n-paste into your com-box entry area? I prefer pre-typing in MSWord to get spell-check, etc., and completing my thoughts and words before inflicting them on anyone. I especially prefer to paste in URLs since they can be so uniquely obtuse.

  • Warren Jewell

    Ummm – ya gotta let us know soon – I may have to order the book you choose.BTW, you and your readers should consider acquiring a goodly library of religious books as the best part of your legacy to your children, grandchildren, etc.

  • James

    Par Largerkvist's nobel prize winning "Barabbas" packs a lot into 150 pages. One third theology, two thirds philosophy and an entirely fascinating read from an unlikely though ficticious perspective.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14444361367208483037 Ruth Ann

    I second the nomination of 'The Reed of God.'Others that may fit your criteria:The 'Practice of the Presence of God' by Brother Lawrence is a classic, and it's short.'Ascent to Love: the Spiritual Teaching of St. John of the Cross' by Ruth Burrows 'The Gift of Faith' by Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer (This may be too long.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    @Warren: This cut & paste problem is browser related. Blogspot has issues with some versions of Firefox, for example. C&P; won't work with Firefox 3.5x. But if you have Safari or Internet Explorer, it may work (it does with Safari for sure).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05527657294925014026 Michelle

    Also, can anyone join in? I just found your blog, and while I'm not Catholic, I am deeply interested and would love some some stimulation from a "book club" of sorts with fellow beilevers.

  • Webster Bull

    Michelle, We'd love to have you participate. We're collecting book ideas right now and then will probably run a poll for a few days, so if you have any idea please send them along. And welcome. Also, if you search by the topic "Books" in the right sidebar, you'll see previous posts for the book club.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    How about Hillaire Belloc's "The Great Heresies"? Seven Chapters and 161 pages. He was Chesterton's pal and gives a pretty good history lesson…"Heresies for Dummies".


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