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In The Days Of Rain - Book Club Verdict 'a Rivetting Read'

THRILLER OR HORROR STORY?

If reading In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott didn’t bring tears to your eyes, hearing the testimony of two members of my Book Club would certainly do so!  Brought up in the Exclusive Brethren, they tell a tale of trauma of unimaginable scale: the strict...

Posted at 14:30pm on 20th May 2018

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak - Book Club Discussion

Words, words, words.  Too many of them thought some members of my Book Club.  But words, and their critical importance for good and evil – particularly when used by Adolph Hitler in the lead up to World War II – were the theme of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. ...

Posted at 14:57pm on 20th March 2018

When Helping Hurts - Book Club Discussion Summary

How does it make you feel when you help someone out?  Or when you give to charity?  Big time!  Go on.  Be honest.   Inevitably, it makes us feel good about ourselves.  Doesn’t it?  But what about when someone offers to help us out?  With care?  Or financially?  Don’t you feel...

Posted at 12:52pm on 27th February 2018

Archbishop A Novel By Michele Guinness - Book Club Discussion Of Media Hysteria

MEDIA HYSTERIA & PUBLIC EXPECTATION

One of the things my Book Club loved about this book, was the way humour was used to hammer home the truths we all need to know.  With the enormous pressure upon her, newly elected Archbishop Vicky is all too aware of how little time she...

Posted at 12:03pm on 12th January 2018

Archbishop By Michele Guinness: Book Club Discussion On Personal Discipleship & Service

Personal Discipleship & Service

(Quotes from the book - with permission from Michele Guinness, below -  are in italics)

There were a number of salient points in Michele Guinness’s book when it came to personal discipleship in these troubled times, and we all agreed with Archbishop Vicky that it is only ‘In...

Posted at 12:53pm on 13th November 2017

Archbishop By Michele Guinness: Book Club Discussion On What Constitutes Church?

WHAT CONSTITUTES CHURCH?  (Quotes from the book are in italics)

With some members of our Readers’ Group being Street Pastors and School Pastors, and all of us attending churches involved in outreach, the issue of whether church is a building or a people was one that resonated.  Faced with a barrage...

Posted at 15:42pm on 12th November 2017

Archbishop: A Novel By Michele Guinness

Another superb choice of fiction – so my Readers’ Group and I enthused when we met yesterday evening to discuss it.  One or two of us confessed to having found the first chapter somewhat overwhelming: a plethora of names, unknown characters and big words.  But with that behind us, the...

Posted at 15:59pm on 9th November 2017

A Better Story: God, Sex & Human Flourishing By Glynn Harrison: A Must Read For Everyone

Before I start, I want to say that I have nothing against anyone who is genetically predisposed to the LGBT spectrum.  I have personally known people in homosexual relationships, and always found them to be delightful.  I also have a family member who is transgender, whom I love and get...
Posted at 15:41pm on 17th July 2017

The Internet - A Tower Of Babel?

Let me be clear: I love the internet.  The advantages are indescribable.  For me, as an author, it facilitates research, enlarges my readership, and enables me to make friends via social media.  As a mother, aunt and cousin, it affords photographic and written information to be shared at the touch...

Posted at 12:56pm on 5th June 2017

Mel's Online Book Club: The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats By Jan-philipp Sendker

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER:

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker was, we all agreed, the best book we’d ever read.  A beautifully and evocatively written love story, it was woven throughout with profundity and truisms: a tapestry of an unknown lifestyle, embroidered with recognisable threads.

MYSTERY

Set in Burma, the story is that...

Posted at 12:27pm on 11th May 2017
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