One year, I gave all the elders this book for Christmas. Clearly, I was a super fun pastor. I love the idea of a whole community – small or large – reading the same book and having conversations about it together.
HH’s church tried a One Book/One Church project this year, reading A New and Right Spirit by Rick Barger. Not sure what percentage of the congregation really read it, but I know that many did.
Northwestern University chose Never a City So Real by Alex Kotlowitz this year and all incoming freshmen were expected to read it this fall before starting classes.
The City of Chicago is now reading The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak.
Our Presbytery program staff is reading Jim and Casper Go to Church by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper.
So, here are my questions:
- Does this work? Have you found that most people in your church, school, office, or city actually read the suggested books in these One Book programs?
- What’s the purpose of reading the same book? To introduce concepts that everyone can subsequently discuss? To get everyone on the same page – so to speak?
- Do people ever choose female authors?
- And most importantly, if you could choose one book that you’d want your whole office, school, congregation, or neighborhood to read, what book would that be? (Feel free to choose different books for the different contexts.)
Note: I first want my church to read the Bible of course. But what would be your second choice for your church?