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Are you an avid reader of Christian books? Or is there a large pile of books gathering dust beside your bed, with bookmarks left at just one chapter in? Whichever best describes you, we have a group to help encourage you to complete and reflect on what you read.

Moorewomen Books is an opportunity for women to read and discuss Christian books together. There will be one book allocated to read each term, and an evening to meet and discuss it together over supper. You are very welcome to attend just once, or every time, as you feel able. The books and dates for 2019 are listed below. Please RSVP to Joc Loane at jocelynloane@yahoo.com.au.

 

Term 1    7:45pm Monday 15th April 

Miriam Chan (Ed), Sophia Russell (Ed), For the Joy:21 Australian Missionary Mother Stories on Cross-Cultural Parenting and Life

From the desert to the mountains, from remote far-flung places to some of the most populated cities in the world, For the Joy brings together 21 unique perspectives on what it’s really like being a mother on the mission field.

Honestly written, raw in emotion, sad and joyful in equal measure, this collection of stories offers insight into the complexities of parenting children while serving God far from home.

 

 

Term 2 7:45pm Monday 3rd June

Chris Cipollone, Down Not Out

Depression can lead to self-condemnation—and yet the gospel tells us there is no condemnation in Christ. Anxiety leads us to inner turmoil—but the gospel assures us of the love of God and the peace that comes with knowing him. Whether you have experienced mental illness yourself, or want to understand depression and anxiety to care for somebody you love, this book provides a personal and theologically-thoughtful reflection on the challenges facing Christians in this area. Written by a pastor from his own experience of depression and anxiety. Short accessible chapters with reflection questions for each one.

 

 

Term 3  7:45pm Wednesday 2nd September

Gloria Furman, The Pastor’s Wife

Filled with wise advice from someone who’s “been there,” this short book encourages pastors’ wives to look to Christ when facing the challenges of ministry, whether it’s late-night counseling sessions, unfair complaints, or unrealistic expectations.

 

 

 

 

Term 4  7:45pm Monday 28th October

Peter Brain, Going the Distance: How to Stay Fit for a Lifetime of Ministry

Christian ministry is not a sprint; it’s a marathon, a long-term race, requiring not just initial enthusiasm and ability, but staying power. Unfortunately, a growing number of Christian ministers don’t seem to possess that staying power. 44% of all pastors who have been involved in ministry for more than 15 years suffer from ‘burn out’, mental break down or serious illness. And that doesn’t include those who fail to continue in active ministry for other reasons, such as immorality or loss of faith. Going the distance is about making sure you’re not one of those statistics. Drawing on decades of biblical reflection and experience, Peter Brain explains how to keep fit mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for the long-haul.

 

 

Any questions about Moorewomen Books? Contact Joc Loane (0414072231)