I have the pleasure of introducing co-leaders of Kansas book club that are members of The Book Club Network.

LORI SHULTZ lives in a small town in central Kansas. She is a stay-at-home mom to six children. In addition to her co-leading her local christian book club, Lori is a member of a classic Christian book club. She is involved in her church and community through various volunteer positions. She enjoys lattes, books, and talking with friends about books. Lori's greatest loves are her Father God, husband, family, and friends.

JOYCE PETERSON loves sharing books with others. As a Christian Ed Director and School Counselor, she shares many books with children. As the co-leader of a book club, she enjoys hearing about books from friends. A mother of three sons, Anders, twenty, Lars, seventeen, and Nils, fourteen, and wife to Mark, Joyce enjoys living in Lindsborg, Kansas, otherwise known as Little Sweden, USA. She relishes sharing her Swedish culture with family and friends. She is thankful for the blessings of her family, church, and, of course, books.

You've been a member of TBCN now for a little while, how has this site enhanced or helped you with your book club?
I have enjoyed the interviews and looking at the book recommendations.

What have you learned from other clubs at TBCN that have helped you with your book club meetings?  
The book recommendations have been fun to see.

What do you like best about TBCN?
A chance to win free books.

Any comments about TBCN and how it could be used in the future?

It is a little hard to understand. I hope to learn more. I’m not sure I understand and use all the features well. Maybe that can be made easier to navigate so book clubs can use TBCN as a tool for setting up and maintaining book club book selections and meetings?


Hi, Lori, 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?

We start with a prayer. Most of us have been over to the local coffeeshop and we are sipping our lattes. I start by asking the group to summarize the book. This is especially helpful for those who missed key parts, didn’t finish the book, or those who wanted to attend but didn’t read the book. After the summary, we discuss key passages, what we liked and disliked, and the faith thread of the book. We end by discussing our calendar and usually trading books.

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!! 

Twice a year, I work on the calendar. I make recommendations and ask for recommendations from others. Between the two lists, the calendar is created. I like to include one non-fiction and a classic each year. We also like to choose books that are going to create good discussion.

You mentioned to me that you are the co-leader. How does that work? How do or did you split up the responsibilities? When did she become the leader of your book club? How does this partnership work for your group? Inquiring minds would like to know. 

The book club was her idea. I was already a member of a classic Christian book club so I knew how to start a book club. We share the responsibilities and email each other about details.  She keeps us organized and I run the meetings with her help. We didn’t really discuss how we would share the work, it just followed into a natural pattern. I contact the authors and arrange the field trips.

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?

We have had some excellent field trips. We travelled to a small town cafe once to meet Deborah Vogts. We went to visit a Harvey House museum after we read a story about one. We also met at a Chrisitian book store  and then went to visit a quaint book store in the home of a friend. Our next trip will include reading an orphan train story and visiting the Orphan Train Museum.

Does your book club meet in different locations every month or do you meet at the same place. I noticed with the amazing author pictures you sent me the places are different. Just wondering!

We try and meet in different places. We meet in member’s homes and use the church library as a location when we don’t have a host. We also meet in coffee houses, Christian book stores, and our newest location is the new tea and chocolate store in town.

How do you get the word out about your book club? How did you get this book club started?
This will be helpful for new book clubs or people wanting to take the plunge into leading book clubs.

Our first meeting was coffee at a local B and B with Tracie Peterson. She was in town for a visit and a few of us went to meet her at a book signing event in a neighboring town. When she told us she was staying in our town, we asked her for coffee. We were so excited when she accepted. This was such a wonderful beginning for our club. Several people found out about it and asked to join.

Have you ever had an author speak at your book club, in person, or on the phone? If so, who? How did the meeting go? Any surprises you learned about the author and/or the book you didn’t know about before the chat? You’ve sent me some pretty fun pictures. Can you explain a few and what books you read of these authors?
We have met eight authors, all in person. My goal was to meet every Christian author in our state, Kansas. We have only one left to meet at this point. We have also met several from out of state when they were in this area. These have been our favorite meetings. We will all read a book by the author and then ask her questions about the book, her writing career, her faith, etc.

What books have you read recently that sparked a lot of passion and discussion in your group?
 It would probably be a tie between The Shack and Daughter of China. Why?
 We discussed The Shack for quite a while as it was controversial in its Biblical truths. Daughter of China moved all of us. We still talk about Daughter of China and of the sacrifices people make in China to follow Christ.

Can you tell me some books that you’ve read your members just raved about? What made them love the book so much? This might help other clubs in their book selection process.

One favorite was Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser. We all really liked learning about the Revolutionary War time period. Moser really captured the spirit of the time and we all loved her characters.
Another one was Corrie Ten Boom’s, The Hiding Place. Several of us read passages we had marked. This was a classic that stirred our hearts. Remember to Forget by Deb Raney was really fun as it was concieved while Raney stayed in our town. We were also moved by Kim Vogel Sawyer’s, My Heart Remembers.

(Answered by Lori)1.What are your 3 favorite books of all time?

The Bible, The Hiding Place and Christian's Secret to a Happy Life.

2. Please name 3 of your favorite books your read growing up?

Gone with the Wind inspired my love of reading and history. I read it when I was 15 and I thought it was the greatest novel ever written. I also loved Little House on the Prairie and Charlotte’s Web.

3. 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 be the first to travel to the moon. I think this would expand my capacity to worship God. 

I would also like to have been a liberator of a Nazi death camp. I think this would expand my ability to love people and life more fully.

4. 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?

One would be Brother Lawrence, author of  The Practice of  the Presence of God. We would walk on a forrest path as we talked of God, faith, life and books. 

Then we would sip lattes as we continued to talk and pray for hours. I would plan the exact same day with Corrie Ten Boom but i would include a tea party with friends.

5.What movie most impacted you as a child? Why?
The Hiding Place because it opened my world to history, man’s inhumanity, and faith.

(Answered by Joyce Peterson)
1. What are your 3 favorite books of all time?

Eve’s Daughters by Lynn Austin, The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers, and the Mitford Series books by Jan Karon.

2. Please name 3 of your favorite books your read growing up? 
Grade school - Caddie Woodlawn books and all the books by Lois Lenski!

3. 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?

 Martin Luther King and his peaceful protests, or traveling along the Santa Fe Trail.  

4. 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? 

 Martin Luther King, Jr, and Amelia Earhart

5.What movie most impacted you as a child? Why? 

I loved Swiss Family Robinson, it was so exciting, and also Sound of Music, my family was German and I loved the scenery in Austria/Germany. 


It took me awhile to realize that some books wouldn’t be loved by all and that was fine. I don’t take it personally if someone doesn’t like a book that I have chosen. We all want different things from books and we are all at different places in our lives. Authors have been very gracious to meet with us. I encourage you to contact them and have fun meeting with them. It was so exciting to learn about the books they were working on as we met. Several of them shared scenes or characters that they were creating and then perhaps a year later we would read of them in their books. We learned of their struggles, their faith, and their careers.

Thanks for having us here Nora!

Lori Schultz and Joyce Peterson

Thanks so much for stopping by here today Lori and Joyce. I appreciate you sharing your book club and your experience with us. We can learn so much from each other!! Thanks for all the great pictures!! It's fun to see all the places you've had book club. You all are definitely creative! I appreciate you sharing so many fun pictures of your group.

Blessings to you in your Book Club Adventures!! Can't wait to hear what you all are reading next and where you'll go on your next field trip!

Until Next Time!!

Nora :o)

Nora St.Laurent

The Book Club Network 


  1. Field trips as a book club. Awesome. Enjoyed reading this. I'm especially intrigued by the tea and chocolate shop!

  2. Yes, I enjoyed their field trips too. I wanted to go!! Grin! Yes, the tea and chocolate shop was fun!! My two FAVORITES!! Lets go!! I love learning about what other book clubs do. It fascinates me!