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Book Group – 2019 Book List

The NUMC Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30am
at The Morning Table, 6565 Gunpark Dr #190 in Gunbarrel.
Check below for book selections.

Next Meeting: April 9

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Image result for The Great Alone book coverRated 4.5 stars  with over 5,000 reviews.  

The novel, an epic love story and intimate family drama set in Alaska in the turbulent 1970’s, is a daring, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both nature and man.

Future Book Selections:

May 14: Educated, A Memoir by Tara Westover 

Image result for educated, a memoir book cover 4.5 stars out of over 5,000 reviews.

“Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.” 

Previous book selections:

March 12: The Newcomers by local author Helen Thorpe

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Rated 5 stars with 94 reviews

“Few books could be more vital, in this particular moment or in any moment, than this book. Helen Thorpe writes expansively about one school, one classroom, one teacher, one group of students—students who hail from the most severe places in the world and come together at South High (in Denver). Confused, troubled, bright, magnificent: they converge, ostensibly to learn English, learning so much more than a language—learning about us and about themselves, all the bad and all the good. You need to meet these young people. Once you do, everything you read or hear or say will be illuminated and changed.” —Jeff Hobbs

February 12: Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan.

Front CoverRated 5 stars out of over 20,000 reviews. 

“Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, [this] is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager–obsessed with music, food, and girls–but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier–a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.”–Back cover.

January 8: Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle.

Front CoverRated 4.4 stars out of over 20,000 reviews.
“Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (Los Angeles Times)—Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Father Gregory Boyle.

For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—also known as the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.

From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, you learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Pipi you learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Lulu you come to understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the dark—as Father Boyle phrases it, we can only shine a flashlight on a light switch in a darkened room.

This is a motivating look at how to stay faithful in spite of failure, how to meet the world with a loving heart, and how to conquer shame with boundless, restorative love.

 

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