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PARKWAY BOOK CLUB LEADER INTERVIEWED

Hi Everyone; I'm happy to introduce to you today Mitz who is the book club leader for the Parkway Book Club. I'm excited she agreed to this interview and that she is a member of The Book Club Network.

What lead up to you starting a book club? Had you ever been apart of a book club before? What's your club name?

A love of reading among our church women sparked the creation of our group. I’ve always been a reader and have been in two other book clubs over the past 20 years. My mother was a librarian! Our book club is Parkway Book Club.

2. Hi, Mitzi, I’m interested in being apart of your book club, could you please describe for me what I can expect? What does your typical meeting look like?

Nora, we would love for you or anyone in our area to join us! You can expect a lot of fun and fellowship. We meet about every six weeks on a Monday night at 7 PM. We generally have around 8 in attendance. We keep in touch primarily by email. We also have flyers at church to spark interest among our members. We also have a booth at our church’s ministry fair to publicize our group among our church members – especially new members. We always encourage bringing a friend – especially if they love to read.

3. Please describe to me how the book selection process works for your club? Do you vote with a secret ballet? Or some other method? Do tell. This will be helpful to book club leaders just starting out!!

We rotate hosting the meeting among our members. Someone volunteers, and they pick the book for the meeting at their home. The criteria for selection is that the book has to be Christian Fiction. The hostess also picks the theme for our food, and it’s usually related to the book. (Writers, keep this in mind when you are writing! Book clubs are basing their menu on what is eaten in your books…) . Some examples of food themes: The Potluck Club by Linda Shepherd and Eva Everson - We served traditional church potluck fare. For the The Wedding Machine by Beth Webb Hart, we enjoyed traditional wedding food. We enjoyed French cuisine when we met for Siri Mitchell’s Chateau of Echos. The hostess also leads the discusson.

4.When did you become leader of your book club? You mentioned in an email to me that the duties are shared in your group so the task of leading is not overwhelming.? How does that work for your group? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Our book club started in 2002, and I became the leader in 2004. As I mentioned, we share hosting, book selection and discussion. It is definitely a group effort, and I think that’s why we enjoy it so much.

5.Does your book club socialize outside of your regular meetings? If so, what did you do or have you done as a group that you all enjoyed?







Our group was started as a part of Parkway Church in Cumming, GA. We are part of our women’s ministry. We are friends through church but have become closer as a result of our book club interaction. The various discussions that result from the wide variety of books that we’ve read has deepened the bonds among the women in our group. We have had few outings together. The most memorable was a trip to the Swan House after reading The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser. After eating at The Swan Coach House, one of our church members lived in the area at one time, and she gave us a guided tour of the places mentioned in the book!

6. What have you read at a book club recently that really touched everyone’s heart and created good discussion?

I looked over our list, and we’ve read over 65 books over the past 8 years! We have had some favorites. We love many of our local authors – Dale Cramer, Creston Mapes, Ginger Garrett – to name a few. They have been gracious enough to attend our meetings. Some of our other favorite authors are Charles Martin, Elizabeth Musser, Francine Rivers and Chris Coppernoll. Two recent book that touched our heart’s and created good discussion – The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner and Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake. Both were well written and interesting to discuss.

7. Have you gone on field trips or had authors speak at your book club, if so who and what did you read?
















Our book club attended a discussion by Georgia authors (L-R) Dale Cramer, Cindy Woodsmall, and Debby Giusti at Roswell Public Library.





Our meeting with Dale Cramer to discuss Levi’s Will. We also enjoyed Sutter’s Cross and Summer of Light



Book Club Meeting with Creston Mapes – We discussed his book, Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol.










QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK!

What are your four favorite books of all time?

Besides The Bible, I would have to say The Kite Runner/Khaled Hosseini, When Crickets Cry/Charles Martin, A Time to Kill/John Grisham, and Safely Home/Randy Alcorn. Of course, I could go on and on….

Please name 4 of your favorite books your read growing up?

The Chronicles of Narnia/CS Lewis, Huckleberry Finn/Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Story of My Life by Helen Keller and anything by Phyllis A. Whitney.

A friend of yours has given you an opportunity to take a trip in a time machine—What two events in the history of the world would you like to experience?

I would like to experience the life of Christ and the Reformation.









You have the chance to hang out with any two people (alive or dead) in the history of the world (besides Jesus) who would you pick and what would you do?

 I would love to meet Chuck Colson, CS Lewis and Francis Schaeffer and discuss Christian apologetics. (I had to pick three!)


What movie most impacted you as a child? Why?
The Wizard of Oz – It only came on once a year, and my sister and I loved it. It was quite a trip to take to learn that there is no place like home!


ANY FINAL COMMENTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL FUTURE BOOK CLUB LEADERS!! SOME ENCOURAGEMENT, THINGS TO AVOID!! WORDS OF WISDOM???

A book club is well worth the time and effort. Reading is such a pleasure, and the discussion helps us get so much more out of the books. Sharing with each other helps allows us to view the book from different perspectives while deepening the bonds within the group. We have wonderful fellowship, and we all hate to miss a single gathering!

One of my favorite articles about reading:

http://www.breakpoint.org/component/content/article/71-features/951-why-should-christ-followers-read-fiction


“ONE OF THE REASONS WE READ FICTION IS BECAUSE FICTION HELPS TRAIN THE MORAL IMAGINATION.” – Chuck Colson









Mitz, thank you so much for letting us get to know you and your book club better. I appreciate all that you shared. It was a treat to met you in person at the book store where we heart Denise Hildreth Jones speak about her new book Hurricanes in Paradise!! I'm excited for you to put up your book club page and have your members join The Book Club Network so we can see what your group reads in the future!!

Blessings

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org

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