The List

Austin Seminary Book Club Selections, 2013-14

September: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

October: The Pastor: A Spirituality by Gordon Lathrop

November: God, Desire, and a Theology of Human Sexuality by David Jensen

December: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

January: A Year in Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

February: Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright

March: Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout

April: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr

May: Fathers in Faith: Reflections on the Parenthood and a Christian Life by Allan Cole

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In just a few steps, you can join and the virtual “Austin Seminary Book Club,” open to any one who wishes to join and participate in monthly discussions. We’ve selected 10 books (see box at left) to read during this academic year. The third week of ach month, a faculty member, ASA Board member, or student will moderate, asking questions and leading discussions about the book. For September we’ve selected Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow; Stitt Library Director Timothy Lincoln is leading the discussion. is free and anyone can create an account. Only registered users may participate in discussion, but anyone can follow along.

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In the upper right hand of the home page, click on “New here?” and create a free account.

Fill in the requested info and click “Sign up.”

Find friends or “Skip.”

Select one or more genres and/or click “Continue.”

Rate books and/or click “I’m finished rating.”

OR click “Done here? See what’s next.” in the top right hand corner.

On the next “Welcome to goodreads!” page look on the right side to find and click on “Groups” under “My Profile”

Click on “all groups”

In the “Find Groups” search box, type in Austin Seminary. When it appears in the list, click on “Join Group” and select the level of group discussion email settings that you prefer.

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