Reconciling in Christ Sunday
January 27, 2019
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
February 3, 2019

FLC Book Club for 2019: A Great Read Every Month


Reading notes: Our January book selection, The Accidental President, by journalist A. J. Baime, was subtitled, Harry S Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World.  This seemingly lengthy but surprisingly fast-moving book gave us a close-up and sometimes insider’s view of the first four months of the presidency of local hero Truman. The author provided just enough backstory and historical reference to allow the reader a reasonable context for the rapidly unfolding events of the world. Although Truman had been a Senator prior to being elevated to Vice President, a few essential details had been withheld from him until after Roosevelt’s death, e.g., “Um, Harry, we’re working on a weapon of mass destruction, a nuclear bomb.” If ever anyone were thrown onto the world stage without adequate rehearsal, it was Harry Truman. Nonetheless, he emerged at the end of the first four tumultuous months not only unscathed, but actually triumphant.

The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendRead with us for February: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Timid, bookish Sara arrives in Broken Wheel, Iowa, from Sweden, expecting to spend a few weeks visiting her American penpal Amy, in the little town that seemed so very charming in Amy’s letters. Instead, Sara found that Amy had suddenly died and the town was somewhat down on its luck, down on itself, and disappearing in the shadow of the more up-and-coming neighboring town, Hope. Everyone, however, is kind to Sara and she attempts to repay them by opening a bookstore. Throw in a few unlikely romances, an immigration investigation, some hatchet burying, an off-again, on-again wedding, and a rum cake whose secret ingredient isn’t rum, and the true character of Broken Wheel comes into a sharper focus.
This is truly a reader’s book, with numerous references to books, authors, and characters that make the reader wish to drop by Broken Wheel’s bookstore, if only to read the section labels.

How the First Lutheran book club works: Books (fiction, nonfiction, contemporary and classic) are chosen by the members of the club. The members take turns hosting the book club in their homes. If you love to read, you’re welcome to join us for a single meeting or on an ongoing basis. Note: It is at the December meeting that we begin choosing the books for the upcoming year. 

Books and meetings slated for 2019: 

January 15, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Anita & Dwayne Martin
Discussion Leader – Bev Bellinger
Book – The Accidental President by A. J. Baime

February 19, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Emily Ballentine
Discussion Leader – Claire Bolton
Book – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

March 19, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Dottie and Keith Terry
Discussion Leader – Emily Ballentine
Book – The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

April 16, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Janet Taylor
Discussion Leader – Bob Thesman
Book – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

May 21, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Diane Doran
Discussion Leader – Janet Taylor
Book – Earning the Rockies by Robert D. Kaplan

June 18, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Melanie Stevens
Discussion Leader – Bev Bellinger
Book – Betty Ford by Lisa McCubbin

July 16, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Janet Taylor
Discussion Leader – Diane Doran
Book – Old Filth by Jane Gardam

August 20, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Helen Scheuch
Discussion Leader – John Scheuch
Book – Wonder by R. J. Palacio

September 17, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Helen & John Scheuch
Discussion Leader – Dwayne Martin
Book – Beartown by Fredrik Backman

October 15, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Bev Bellinger
Discussion Leader – Claire Bolton
Book – Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens

November 19, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Bob Thesman
Discussion Leader – Anita Martin
Book – Educated by Tara Westover

December 17, 6 p.m. Potluck (moved from our usual 7 p.m. start time)
Hosting – Melanie Stevens
Discussion Leader – Helen Scheuch
Book – A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

Note: At the December meeting we will be compiling our reading list for 2020. 

Last year’s reads:

News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Sargent’s Women by Donna M. Lucey
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Reliance, Illinois by Mary Volmer
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
As One Must, One Can by Rochelle Fields
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg