The Good Book Club
This page pertains to the Good Book Club, our parish’s project to read the Bible together in a year. If you are looking for the Book Group, please visit the Book Group page.
The Good Book Club is our church wide endeavor to read the entire Bible, cover to cover, over the course of one program year.
We began in September 2014 and will continue through May 2015. Following a study guide that allows for both a full reading of the Bible as well as a special abridged version called The Story, we are reading all of holy scripture together as a people. In addition to the weekly readings, our sermons and Sunday School lessons are also tracking along with the Good Book Club.
Why Do This?
No Christian—whether liberal or conservative, free-thinking or fundamentalist—should be ignorant of the Biblical story. Because it’s so important, this is the focus of all our Sunday Schools, for young and old, for the entire year. It is an exciting prospect to consider our whole church family reading the Bible together; it can only deepen our life together and help us to be the people God intends us to be. We need you to be a part of it.
How Does It Work?
A study guide has been provided. Each week we commit to reading a specific section of the Bible so that, by the end of the program year, we will have read the entire thing. On Sundays, our exploration continues with sermons and Sunday School lessons based on our weekly readings.
What Bible Should I Use?
Many of us are using a book called The Story. There are several versions: one for children, kids, teens, adults, etc. It’s a kind of Reader’s Digest condensed version of the Bible, breaking it down into traditional, easy-to-read chapters. It’s perfect for those who have limited time to commit, but The Story does omit large, significant portions of the Bible.
If you want to go deeper, challenge yourself with the full Bible instead of The Story. For a good plain-spoken translation, we recommend the Common English Bible (CEB), recently approved by the Episcopal Church. Other good modern English translations are the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) and the New International Version (NIV).
Both The Story and these other versions of the Bible can be ordered at the Church Mouse Bookstore in St. Anne’s Parish Hall.
What If I Miss Weeks?
Not to worry. We’ve prepared a study guide for the whole year so you can stay caught up. We also list reading assignments in our weekly e-newsletter, our Sunday bulletin, and on our website and Facebook page.
Will It Be Hard?
Sometimes. Some weeks require a little reading; others require more. As with all things, the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.
Special thanks to the Revs. Casey and Melody Shobe whose creative conception, implementation, and successes with this program in their own parishes inspired us to take on the Good Book Club at St. Anne’s.