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It's Not Just About The Book - St. Lukes Book Club
By Karen Verderber

In an effort to help me find my “new normal” after the loss of my husband, my friend Michaelyn suggested we start a women’s book club at my home. Thus the St. Luke’s Book Club was born almost three years ago. What began with four ladies as a low key book discussion to discuss “The Shack”, followed by chips and salsa, quickly blossomed into a high-spirited event around a fiesta style dinner! And we now have eight regulars and several newcomers participating. When his schedule permits, Father Andrew joins us and steers our conversations “back to the book.”

This gathering, which is usually slated for the last Friday of the month, has morphed into something greater than just a book club. As one of our book chatters stated—1/3 is about the book, 1/3 is about the food and fellowship and 1/3 is about figuring out life! It gives all of us a time to grow, share and respect each other’s thoughts and opinions. I pray that God will continue to allow us to enjoy this camaraderie as He sits in the midst of us at the St. Luke’s Book Club.

Please join us if you can and if not, read along with us. The next book club selections are: “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson and “Walk With Me” by Annie Wald.

By Karen Verderber

Our "Book Chat" originated shortly after our Sub-Deacon, John Verderber's death. Those of us gathering around to be supportive of his wife, Karen often became engaged in conversations about one or two of the books others had gifted her with. Karen enjoyed having the fellowship and support so the idea of setting a Friday night aside each month at her home to discuss a book came up.

This group just completed its third year of meeting and has read a vast array of selections including fiction, non-fiction, and Orthodox spirituality. One participant described it as "one-third book discussion.....one-third eating.....and one-third trying to figure out life." We range in age from young mothers to seniors and long-time parishioners to new members. Individually each of us has been enriched by not only the books and subsequent discussions on them but the fellowship with women we might not have gotten to know in our growing parish. Membership requirements? Be able to read and laugh! We do a lot of both!

By Michaelyn Sloan

I enjoy Book Chat because the books are great, it keeps me reading -- which is never a bad thing -- and it's great girl time/socialization -- we share recipes too -- and maybe my personal favorite part is that Fr. Andrew is always the only man at Book Chat, but he seems to go with the flow very well -- and when the estrogen levels become too much for him, he makes a quick Exit Stage Left which always makes us laugh.

By Caye Caswick

Becoming a member of St. Luke's and the Book Club has not only enlightened me, but also blessed me for being in the company of such wonderful women. Thank you Book Club.

By Dorene Manasses

Being part of the St. Luke's Book Club is not only about reading a monthly book and discussing it; it's about sharing our feelings, joys, sorrows and listening to one another. We have developed a camaraderie of sisterhood which exists through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our deep love of the Orthodox faith. Often times we may discuss the book for 15 minutes, but this is not as important as getting together and being with the women who make the Book Club enjoyable. The Book Club is open to all women. Please join us.

By Esther Poulos

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