Our Book Klub has met off and on since 2007. It has met at Upstream on Wednesday nights, at the Homey Inn, at the Vic (3126 Chicago) and other places. Many consider the BookKlub one of the most important activities of Simple Free. Many people have come to it who did not come to our previous sunday night liturgy. Our goal has always been to challenge us and to provide opportunity to read together works on Church history, social criticism, even economic theory and its societal impact, or theoretical issues which are not often addressed in the church.
Summer of 2018 we will have a bookklub in Omaha, as well as in Aurora, Nebraska, and our book will be Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
We’ve read a wide variety of books including the following:
131 Christians Everyone Should Know
Evangelicals and Tradition by DH Williams makes a great argument that evangelicals should draw on the resources of the early church– particularly the liturgical and other historical practices.
ON Evil (summer 2013) was by a Catholic Marxist Literary Critic, Terry Eagleton.
Joseph Heath’s Book on Economics gave us a lot to think about, and undermined common misconceptions we have about money and economics.
Perhaps our most ambitious read, Bruce Shelly’s very thick but very readable book on Church History took us nearly 3 months to get through.
Hans Boersma’s book Heavenly Participation
Mark Noll’s book on theological arguments for and against slavery in the civil war was a provocative book meant to help us think about how that we bring biblical arguments in support of our political and personal viewpoints.
James KA Smith’s work on how that Christianity is not merely head knowledge, but should be oriented around what our heart desires, and training ourselves with good habits and wants…
Our first bookklub was an investigation of different views of men and women’s roles in the church– some think that men and women have differing roles (women should not be pastors, or teach men, for example– the complimentarian view (Grudem and Piper) while others think that women and men have equal roles (Egalitarianism (Pierce & Grothius and Fee)
Heilbroner’s “Worldly Philosophers” was a very enjoyable book giving a historical overview of economics