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Group Contact: Rachel Sciretti

Community: Fair Haven, Sanctuary

Summer Reading, Anyone?

Reading, that is to say, accepting the invitation to walk around in someone else’s shoes in someone else’s place and in someone else’s time is a courageous act. To expand one’s heart and mind to the experience of another is an act of Christ Himself. Reading makes us more compassionate human beings.

If you are looking for some good books to read this summer, check out the list in preparation for the fall discussions. It is a great mix of fiction and non-fiction. The group takes the summers off from meeting, so read at your own pace and then join the meetings on the first Tuesday afternoon of the month beginning in September at 1:00 p.m. in LC-211.


September 7 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendkar

This is a novel in which a wife and daughter learn a lot of unexpected things while searching for their missing husband and father.

October 5 - Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Backman is the author of A Man called Ove and a couple of other books we have read. We have always enjoyed his stories. In this one, a hostage situation resulting from a failed bank robbery, reveals a lot about the grievances, secrets and passions of the people involved. It is an interesting study of human nature.

November 2 - Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova

Genova is the author of Still Alice, and she is a Harvard trained neuroscientist. It explores how we remember things and why we forget. There is also useful information about what is - and is not- symptomatic of Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

December 7 - The Language of God by Francis S. Collins 

Andy Noel, who director of The Chapelwood Foundation, has agreed to review and lead our discussion.  The author is a scientist who was led by reading C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity to Christian faith. He presents evidence for the compatibility of science and faith.

January 4, 2022 - Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton

The author tells about his visits to each of our national parks. You will learn about their history and their prospects for the future. The discussion should stir up some memories of past vacations!

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