What is the Good Book Club?
The Good Book Club is our church’s plan to read the Bible together this year, from start to finish. Beginning September 2014 and continuing through May 2015, we will commit to reading the Bible together as a parish. Each week there will be a reading assignment, and if you read them all, you’ll have read the entire Bible.
Why do this?
No Christian—whether liberal or conservative, free-thinking or fundamentalist—should be ignorant of the Biblical story. 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.
When does it start?
We’ll begin our Bible year with a marathon Bible reading event called Miqra on August 21-24. Then, beginning Sunday, September 7, the Bible will be our parish theme across all age groups for the rest of the year. Because it’s so important, this will be the sole adult Sunday School option for the entire year.
What Bible will I need?
Most of us will use 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. We encourage everyone to purchase copies of The Story before September.The Story can be ordered online or right here at the Church Mouse Bookstore. If purchasing a copy is a financial challenge, please speak to Fr. Lonnie. He will have several complementary copies available.
Since portions of the Bible are omitted from The Story, you might also want a standard copy of the Bible on hand. If you’re looking for a good plain-spoken translation, we recommend the Common English Bible (CEB), recently approved by the Episcopal Church and available in the Church Mouse Bookstore.
What if I want to go deeper?
Some may wish to read the full Bible instead of The Story, which is abridged. Our study guide provides for that. Simply read the assigned books of the Bible each week, which track along fairly well with The Story. We’ll also have special opportunities to go deeper on the second Thursday evening of each month, in which we’ll share a light meal and a special lecture on what we’ve been reading.
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’ll 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.