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Feb112008

The Ladies Christian Classics Book Club

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Seventeen readers gathered Saturday, February 2, to discuss Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Judith Sniegowski hosted the first meeting and her hospitality, preparation and joyful sprit was greatly appreciated. The participants enjoyed refreshments, an opening prayer and a brief period of introductions.

Many opportunities for conversation came up that afternoon, among them, Lewis’ writing style, particularly his use of analogy, the book’s origins and historical setting. The topics of repentance, morality, sanctification and reasoning were brought up for discussion. The attendees listened and shared their impressions, questions and insights. An informative article about C.S. Lewis, written by Kenneth Samples (published in FACTS & FAITH, 1998) was provided as supplemental material.

The inspiration to read these six Christian classics came from Kenneth Samples’ “New Year’s Resolutions for the Mind” Sunday school class. That Sunday school challenge, given at the end of 2007, quickly materialized into the Ladies Christian Classics 2008 Book Club.

The Christian Classics Book Club format is unique. Six books are featured with a suggested timeline of reading one book approximately every two months. Thus, just one meeting will be held to discuss each book. It allows all interested ladies to read great Christian works, meet for discussions and take advantage of the time for fellowship, while being free to attend any of the meetings as she is available.

Coming up in late March: On the Incarnation, by St. Athanasius. http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/history/ath-inc.htm#ch_1 Each meeting will be hosted by a different member, so the five subsequent meeting locations and dates will be announced at a later date. Please contact coordinators Kristina Mellon or Jessica Schlotter for more information and/or to add your name to the contact list.

The complete reading list, in the order to be discussed, is listed below. Many of the books will be available for purchase from the Church bookstore at select times throughout the year.

Reading List

· Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

· On the Incarnation, St. Athanasius (Edition with introduction written by C.S. Lewis)

· Confessions, St. Augustine (’61 Penguin Classic Edition, RS Pine-Coffin)

· Cur Deus Homo (Why the God-man), St. Anselm

· On The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther (Edition with introduction written by J.I. Packer)

· Pens ées, Blaise Pascal (Penguin Classic Edition (95), Translated by A.J. Krailsheimer)