First Friday Book Club

Making friends is good for the soul.

Words matter.

Join us as we connect with each other through dialoging about Christian focused books, both fiction and non-fiction.  

Dates: See Below

Time: 9:30am

Location: Starbuck's inside Randall's

Facilitator: Luann Schmitt

Upcoming Schedule:

Read in November, discuss on 12-1-2023

Rebel With A Cause, Franklin Graham

Non-Fiction, 314 pgs.

The "prodigal son" returns. With refreshing honesty and candor, Franklin Graham tells his life story-from his

beer-drinking, motorcycle-riding teenage years to his position as president of Samaritan's Purse and World

Medical Mission. Discover how the son of respected evangelist Billy Graham overcame his rebellious ways to

claim his spiritual heritage.

Read in December, discuss on 1-5-2024

Farrowlee Mountain, Brenda O’Bannion

Historical Fiction, 241pgs.

As if Kate McNaughton and Emily Carter of Farrowlee, West Virginia, don’t have enough to worry about at

home, war breaks out in Korea, affecting their families in unimaginable ways. Navigating the strife at home and

abroad will require every ounce of their strength as they learn that only God can bring peace amid the struggles.

(This is book 2 of O’Bannion’s “Wonderful West Virginia” series.)

Read in January, discuss on 2-2-2024

An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

Non-Fiction 238 pgs.

The true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny.

This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness. 


Read in February, discuss on 3-1-2024

Loves’s True Calling, Lori Dejong

Fiction 327 pgs.

After years of jumping through other people's hoops to be all they thought she should be, and enduring a tragedy no mother should, self-described "newbie" Christian, Harper Townsend, has finally found her true calling ... and her true love. Until it appears that to follow one may mean leaving the other behind.


Read in March, discuss on 4-5-2024

Imagine Heaven, John Burke

Non-fiction, 315 pgs.

Imagine Heaven is an inspirational journey through the Bible's picture of heaven, colored in with the real-life stories of heaven's wonders. Burke compares gripping stories of near-death experiences (NDEs) to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of heaven: Will I be myself? Will I see friends and loved ones? What will it look like? What is God like? What will we do forever? What about children and pets? This book will propel readers into an experience that will forever change their view of the life to come and the way they live life today. 


Read in April, discuss on 5-3-2024

A Cup of Dust, Susie Finkbeiner

Historical Fiction, 320 pgs.

Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff's family, they've got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They're who the town turns to when there's a crisis or a need - and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.


Read in May, discuss on 6-7-2024

Women Who Risk, Tom and Joann Doyle

Non-Fiction, 203 pgs.

A collection of riveting real-life stories that take you deep into the heart of the Muslim world-Saudi Arabia, Syria, the Gaza Strip, and other hot spots to see the overwhelming power of Christ at work. Despite enormous risks to themselves and their families, these former Muslims who are now new followers of Jesus are influencing their husbands and children and bringing others to faith in Christ.


Read in June, discuss on 7-5-2024

Angels on Earth, Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

Non-Fiction, 299 pgs.

Inspiring stories of fate, friendship, and the power of connections. A heartwarming and inspiring book about the remarkable power of acts of kindness shared between strangers and the impact it is having on the world around us. 

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