Do you enjoy Reading? Shoreline’s Women’s book club provides a great opportunity to discuss interesting books with other likeminded Shoreline women. You are welcome to join us at any time. We meet at homes in the greater Monterey area, monthly from 7:00 – 8:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month (other than in July and December). Come and enjoy fellowship with new friends, great discussions, and light snacks.
A different book is selected for each month’s meeting. Club members are encouraged to recommend books and the group leader selects the books she believes offers the best opportunity for a great discussion. Christian books as well as secular books that provide opportunities to reflect on spiritual matters are selected.
The book club also encourages a book exchange among members. Members are given an opportunity to describe and offer Christian non-fiction books they find particularly compelling for others in the group to borrow, keep, or pass along to others. This provides another opportunity to share good books.
Members do not need to attend every meeting. But when the monthly invitation is received, you are asked to RSVP (yes or no) so that the host can be prepared with enough chairs and refreshments.
If you would like to be included in the book club mailing list or if you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 19, 2017 selection:
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God.In this historical fiction we see David through the eyes of those who love him and fear him. Peeling away
February 16, 2017 selection:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Set in motion on Sarah’s 11th birthday, she is given ownership of ten year old Handful. Follow their thirty five year journey as they both shape each other’s destinies to form a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, and the uneasy ways of love.
March 16, 2017 selection:
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—but behind his cranky exterior there is a story about the profound impact one life has on countless others.
.April 20, 2017 selection:
I’ll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
Brought together by fate, two women begin a remarkable correspondence. Their friendship, forged through letters provides Glory and Rita with unwavering support while being separated from loved ones during WWII. Connected by the written word, each woman finds her life altered and able to face the battles raging in their very own backyards.
May 18, 2017 selection:
The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman
A lighthouse keeper brings his new wife Isabel to his isolated island where she suffers many miscarriages. When a boat washes up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby, Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and claims it as their own. Years later they are reminded that there are people who may have been devastated by their decision.
June 15, 2017 selection:
The Undoing of Saint Sylvanius by Beth Moore
When Jillian Slater learns that her father has finally drunk himself to death, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans. But is she crazy to get involved with her family again? Could the colorful collection of saints and sinners in her grandmother’s apartment building actually be affected by a curse?
.July, 2017 – No Book Club
August 17, 2017 selection
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Set in the Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families as they explore the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.
September 21, 2017 selection:
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
An incredible true story of the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb.
October 19, 2017 selection
These is my words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1801-1901 by Nancy Turner
A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author’s own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier.
November 16, 2017 selection
Winds of War by Herman Wouk
Wouk’s spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events, as well as all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II, as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war’s maelstrom.
2016 Book Club Selections
January 21, 2016 selection:
A Tale of Two Cities By Charles Dickens
During the time of the French Revolution-a time of great change and great danger two very different men fall in love with the same woman. Against a tumultuous historical background, Dickens’ great story of adventure and courage unfolds into a rich drama.
February 18, 2016 selection:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrMarie-Laure, a blind French girl and Werner, a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel demonstrates how people living in difficult times must decide between morality and survival.
March 17, 2016 selection:
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis With its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a senior tempter in the service of “Our Father Below”, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation- and triumph over it.
April 21, 2016 selection:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Rachel takes the same train every morning, until one day when she see’s something unusual. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next.
May 19, 2016 selection:
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.
June 16, 2016 selection:
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
An accident links Owen Meany, who is touched by God, to the orphaned Johnny Wheelwright. Mystery and martyrdom forms a tapestry of fate and faith in a novel that is Irving at his irresistible best.
July – No Book Club
August 18, 2016 selection:
Love Does by Bob Geoff
When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. This is one life you don’t want to miss.
September 15, 2016 selection:
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Tracing the lives of two couples between Vermont and Wisconsin, Crossing to Safety is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.
October 20, 2016 selection:
After You by Jojo Moyes
For Lou Clark, life after Will means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
November 16, 2016 selection:
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
In this historical fiction we see David through the eyes of those who love him and fear him. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in the Iron Age of Israel. David’s journey is traced from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.
December – No Book Club