Thursday, March 01, 2012

Reading to Know Bookclub :: March 2012

Reading to Know - Book Club

We're moving right on through the year, like it or not! Our March read for the 2012 Reading to Know Bookclub is The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan.

Shonya from Learning How Much I Don't Know will be leading the March discussion. Here is a little blurb explaining why it is that she chose this title for us to read:


I think it's easy to lose sight of that fact when we get caught up in the day-to-day tedium of our lives. We aren't able to comprehend the big picture of our lives as we are too close--our emotions, distractions, and myopic vision mislead us. We are part of a great story--the ultimate story--that of good vs. evil. If we could only keep that perspective each day of our lives, I think our lives would look very different. We would perceive the fiery darts of the devil for what they are instead of obliviously focusing on this earthly life. I'm counting on this allegorical story to remind me to focus on the big picture so I can live a more God-glorifying life each day.


To read more of Shonya's initial thoughts on Pilgrim's Progress, you can see a post she wrote HERE on her blog.

I hope you will join us in re-reading this amazing Christian classic. You have until Friday, March 30th to read this one! At that time I will publish the wrap-up post and invite you to share your thoughts!

Just a reminder, feel free to pick and choose which months you would like to participate with this bookclub. You are not obligated to read along with the group every single month. Not every title will appeal to every person all year long. Just do the best you can and read as many as you like. We look forward to discussing each individual monthly title with you on the last Friday of every month. Hope you'll "play along" with us every now and again through 2012!

April's Selection: ANY title of your choosing by P.G. Wodehouse.


Annette Whipple said...

I'm in! It is on my shelf...but must finish another book first.

Annette Whipple said...

Yay! No word verification.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Snagged the free copy for my Kindle last night. Now to see if I can stand to read it on there. :-). I might have to scare up a paper copy of this one!

Barbara H. said...

I haven't decided yet about this one. I've read it a number of times and feel like I know it pretty well. But I am sure there are parts I've forgotten, and I am sure I would be blessed by going over even the familiar parts. And my 'secret sister' at church last year gave me a brand new pretty copy. :-)

Stephanie said...

I'm sad I'm missing this one because I've never read it, but I need to. (Although you tempted me with the modern English version!)

I do need a Wodehouse recommendation (or two) from you though, because I DO want to do that one! : )

Jennifer said...

I'm going to attempt it! I bought a used copy a couple of years ago but haven't made time to read it. When I was younger my mom and I read an amazing picture book version over and over. I think I should graduate to the "adult" version!

Bluerose said...

I went to get this one from the library yesterday, and it's lost. They made me fill out a paper to order a new one, so I'm really hoping it comes in with enough time to read it!
I'm really excited about finally reading some Wodehouse, too. I'm definitely planning on reading The Girl in Blue, because it's on my shelf, but I want to read a story about Jeeves, too.

Carrie said...

As far as Wodehouse goes - I don't think he wrote a bad book. :)

That said, my favorite character is Psmith and I avoid the golf stories because even while I believe that Wodehouse can make anything seem funny, I have a stronger belief that there is absolutely nothing funny at all about golf.

Carrie said...

Oh @Bluerose!! :( I REALLY hope you find a copy! Especially since you've never read it!!!

Diary of an Autodidact said...

I'll chime in on the Wodehouse recommendations. (After all, I picked the author ;))

Anything with Psmith is good.

A good start is also one of the Bertie & Jeeves books. (Also the TV series with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.)

The Lord Emsworth books are good. I am reading one of those for my pick.

Some of the stand-alone books are good too. The adventures of Sally, and Ukridge come to mind.

I also disagree with Carrie on the golf stories. I am not a golfer, but find the stories hilarious.

The Coming of Gowf imagines golf as a pagan religion in amusing fashion.

My favorite line from the stories is, "After all, a woman is only a woman, but a hefty drive is a slosh." And there are many more.

Diary of an Autodidact said...

My review of The Adventures of Sally is here:

Cassandra said...

I'm looking forward to this one! I knew I had a copy somewhere and I found it the other day sifting through my massive piles of books.

Leann said...

late to the party but I have this one and will dig it out to start this week... :)

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