The Faith Book Club began in 2007 when several Holy Cross members read The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew–Three Women Search for Understanding. In this book, authors Ranya Idlibi, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner present a memoir in three voices that helped many who were having deep doubts in a post 9/11 world. During a national book tour, the authors came to San Diego. The members who had read and discussed the book attended the talk, and the Faith Book Club was born.
Over nine years, longtime members have moved away while new members have joined. One member recently passed away. Through life’s changes, Faith Book Club has read dozens of books that lighten the spirit and challenge the mind. At each gathering we discuss the chosen book and select the next book for discussion, generally choosing books of historical and socially redeeming value along with ones that have a humorous tone. Often the books are available at the Carlsbad Libraries and we also exchange the copies.
Not all members of the Faith Book Club are from the Holy Cross congregation. We welcome anyone interested in discussing books! While our conversations aren’t strictly theological, most books that we choose strengthen our spiritual lives, often in unanticipated ways.
Here are some of our favorites over the years:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Seventeen Carnations by Andrew Morton
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Sarah, Rachel, Leah Women of Genesis by Orson Scott Card
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Work Song by Ivan Doig
Dreamers of the Day by Mary D. Russell
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The All-Girl’s Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo
The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward
In 2014 we were honored when Holy Cross member, author David T. Dana, joined us for a discussion of his novel published in 2014: Into the Tiger’s Mouth: A Novel of the China Trade 1857- 1863. It was a wonderful opportunity to delve deeper into the history of mid-1800 China. In 2017, we will welcome another member, Richard Ackerman, who will share more about his journey in writing A Hundred-Year Wind: Reflective Poems (published in 2015).
I have belonged and enjoyed this group where we receive excellent suggestions for books to read and discuss. Often the books relate to subjects with a whole new slant.
– Edie L.
I’ve been a member of the Faith Book Club for about four years. I enjoy the fellowship of the members and sharing our different points of view regarding books. We all have a say on the choice of book to read. Very diverse opinions sometimes occur but no drama.
– Judy C.
I have made good friends and have read books I would have never read on my own. All the books have been interesting and I have learned a lot.