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A New Idea for Christian Book Clubs

May 22, 2008
There is nothing quite like reading good books. Perhaps you especially enjoy reading good Christian books. There are certainly some wonderful old classics and very interesting new releases. The Christian community has produced a lot of different authors. With the release of the movie based on C.S. Lewis "Prince Caspian", maybe the idea of reading or re-reading the Chronicles of Narnia popped into your mind. They are such good books. It would be nice to add the ability to engage in discussions and insights into the book as you read.

If you have ever had the opportunity to be involved in a Christian Book Club then you know that they can be a wonderful experience. It is fun to hear the things other people get out of the same book you are reading. Perspectives on the story that you might have missed become apparent in the midst of discussion. The problem with most book clubs is that they often start strong but then begin to fade. The reality is we live in a busy world and it becomes difficult to schedule times when everyone in the club can get together. If people miss a meeting because of a scheduling conflict or fall behind in their reading they will often just drop out of the group.

Starting a book club with an Internet component could be the best way to fix the problem of a traditional book club setting. A virtual book club that can be accessed when people have time and can leave their comments. This club could be open to people all over the world allowing for some great cultural view points.

For people who still want a more traditional book club setting, instead of trying to meet every week, a once a month meeting could be arranged where your local group can get together for some one on one discussion. The rest of the month, having an online component would allow people to read and stay connected in spite of busy schedules. It is much easier to add a once a month meeting into your schedule than a once a week meeting. You really don't want to stretch a book out longer than a month.

You can either start your own online book club or you can join one that already exists and encourage your local group members to join up as well. Joining an online book club should be free. The advantage to joining a club that already exists online is that they will organize the book selections and keep the club running. Either way, the ability to read and discuss good Christian Books just got a little easier.
About the Author
Stephen Lawes is a Church Growth Consultant who also enjoys being involved in a good Christian Book Club.
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