[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0071EY8KG” locale=”us” height=”300″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YMBlC8BuL.jpg” width=”199″ alt=”Reading and Conversation in Churches” ] One of the main reasons that we launched The Englewood Review of Books almost six years ago was to promote the practice of reading
(and the related practice of talking about books) as immensely beneficial to local church communities. This has been true for us at Englewood Christian Church, as reading has served as a catalyst for our ongoing Sunday night conversation (you can read more about our Sunday night conversation in the book The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities ) and other conversations within our life together.
So, I’d love to hear more about the practices of reading in your church…
(Please use the comments below to respond.)
- What is the latest book that you have read with your church?
(or smaller group within your church: small group, women’s group, men’s group, etc)?
- Did you find it helpful?
- Also, what book that you have read as a church (or group within your church) would you say has been most beneficial to your congregation?
- And for some background context, it might be interesting to know
what denomination or faith tradition your church belongs to…
Be sure to check back and see what others are reading in their churches…
(and invite your friends to share their experiences with congregational reading here!)
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
Reading for the Common Good
From ERB Editor Christopher Smith
"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
-Karen Swallow Prior
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