I had good intentions of simplifying my life. Id just take a year off of the whole Simply Faithful book club thing. Who needs the hassle of scheduling interviews with authors? The struggle to balance work and home and extra reading? The nervousness of keeping up with Facebook chats? Apparently, I do. Ive missed the […]

I had good intentions of simplifying my life. Id just take a year off of the whole Simply Faithful book club thing.

Who needs the hassle of scheduling interviews with authors? The struggle to balance work and home and extra reading? The nervousness of keeping up with Facebook chats?

Apparently, I do.

Ive missed the Simply Faithful book club, and Ive missed visiting with you.

Can we try this again? Can we read spiritual books together as a community?

The last time we did this was in 2012, and I picked a non-fiction book by Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts. That summer, we read the novel Rooms by James Rubart, and then in the fall, I chose three books for children.

This time, Ill announce a non-fiction book on Feb. 3. Ill sprinkle in discussion questions on www.simplyfaithful.comfor the following six weeks. Then, well host an online chat with the author in late March.

Ill be looking for people willing to host in-person gatherings the night of the author chat. Id like people to open up their homes, or their places of worship or their favorite coffee shops and invite their friends to meet and talk about the book and Id like those hosts to help with the technology that night because we dont want anyone left out of the discussion just because they arent familiar with Facebook or Google Chat or whichever platform we settle on.

Then, Ill announce the fiction book June 9 and well chat with that author toward the end of July.

Now, in the meantime, Id love to hear your book suggestions. What books do you think we should all read? Are there authors you would love to visit with?

I really enjoy discovering great authors who havent had a lot of attention, so feel free to suggest first-time or little-known authors. I also like introducing topics that people of all faiths would be interested in discussing.

My one stipulation is that the author needs to how do I say this delicately be alive. It makes interviewing the author and hosting a chat for readers much easier.

Give it some thought. Talk it over with your friends who like to read, and let me know by Jan. 20 what books youd recommend.

Im looking forward to reading and learning with you again.