Join us for our 2023 Summer Book Clubs! The purpose of these Book Clubs is twofold: to encourage you in your spiritual growth by introducing you to theologically rich books and to deepen your relationships in our church by connecting you to other women interested in discussing those books in community.
We are offering four book clubs in the categories of theology, relationships, practical Christian living, and Christian biography. Be sure to pay close attention to the details of location and time before signing up as each of these clubs will meet at different times and places. Due to space constraints each book club will be capped depending on location, so sign up early!
Overview: Christian, meet your conscience.
What do you do when you disagree with other Christians? How do you determine which convictions are negotiable and which are not? How do you get along with people who have different personal standards?
All of these questions have to do with the conscience. Yet there is hardly a more neglected topic among Christians. In this much-needed book, a New Testament scholar and a cross-cultural missionary explore all thirty passages in the New Testament that deal with the conscience, showing how your conscience impacts virtually every aspect of life, ministry, and missions. As you come to see your conscience as a gift from God and learn how to calibrate it under the lordship of Jesus Christ, you will not only experience the freedom of a clear conscience but also discover how to lovingly interact with those who hold different convictions.
Authors: Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of systematic theology and New Testament at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and one of the pastors of the North Church in Mounds View, Minnesota.
J.D. Crowley (MA, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary) has been doing missionary and linguistic work among the indigenous minorities of northeast Cambodia since 1994. He is the author of numerous books, including Commentary on Romans for Cambodia and Asia and the Tampuan/Khmer/English Dictionary.
Hostesses: Sarah Bradshaw and Ana Fraley
Location: Bradshaw home, 112 Banister Court, Greer, SC 29650
Time and Dates: Every other Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., May 24, June 7, 21, July 5, 19
Overview: How do Christians grow? Few question the call of the Bible to grow in godliness, but the answer to exactly how this happens is often elusive.
In this book, Dane Ortlund points believers to Christ, making the case that sanctification does not happen by doing more or becoming better, but by going deeper into the wondrous gospel truths that washed over them when they were first united to him.
Drawing on wisdom from figures throughout church history, Ortlund encourages readers to fix their gaze on Jesus in the battle against sin, casting themselves upon his grace and living out their invincible identity in Christ.
Author: Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers and Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners, in addition to a number of other books. Dane and his wife, Stacey, have five children.
Hostesses: Cynthia Fox and Amina Deang
Location: Fox home, 209 Meritta Trail, Greenville, SC 29615
Time and Dates: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.; May 24-July 5
Overview: Generous hospitality is a significant way in which God works through our lives to bring life to others, yet many of us feel ill-equipped and overwhelmed at the prospect, especially if we don’t have big houses and we are not wonderful cooks!
Carolyn Lacey encourages us to focus on the goal of hospitality, which is to reflect God’s welcoming heart, and shows us how we can all do that, regardless of our bank balance or living situation.
She explores seven ways in which we can reflect God’s character in the way we welcome others into our homes and into our lives, and so point people ultimately to Christ.
This practical and realistic book explores how to make generous hospitality part of everyday life without becoming exhausted and overburdened.
Author: Carolyn Lacey is a writer, speaker and pastor’s wife. She serves alongside her husband, Richard, in Worcester, UK, where she works part-time for her church as a women’s worker. She teaches the Bible regularly at women’s events and conferences, and is a mum to two grown-up children.
Hostesses: Stephanie Rees and Amber Grove
Location: Grove home, 449 Lemon Grass Court, Duncan, SC 29334
Time and Dates: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., May 30-July 18, except July 4
Book: Available online at Amazon, Christian Book, Westminster Bookstore, and others. This is also the book that was given to those who attended the HBC Women’s Conference earlier this year.
Overview: The True Story of One Woman’s Triumph of Faith
Newlywed American missionary Darlene Deibler Rose survived four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp set deep in the jungles of New Guinea. Thinking she was never to see her husband again, Darlene Rose was forced to sign a false confession and face the executioner’s sword, only to be miraculously spared.
Author: Darlene Deibler Rose was the first American woman to enter the Baliem Valley of New Guinea. She remarried after the war and resumed missionary work in Papua New Guinea and later the Australian outback. God called her home on February 24, 2004.
Hostesses: Jennifer Goldstrom and Carly Mullenix
Location: Mullenix home, 7 Huddersfield Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Time and Dates: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., June 13, 20 27, July 11, 18 25