Open Book Club





WHY:            Our purpose is to read books that generate conversation about our faith.

WHO:            All adult parishioners are invited.

WHERE:       Meetings rotate among members' homes. 
                      If the group becomes too large, we will relocate to a room at the St. Gabriel campus.

WHEN:         Every 4-6 weeks from 7:30-9:00 pm. 

RSVP:           Please let us know if you are coming! Light refreshments are always served!


Go, Went, Gone Jenny Erpenbeck
29 Gifts Cami Walker
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
The Sun Does Shine Anthony Ray Hinton
Just Show Up Kara Tippetts



Building a Bridge James Martin, S.J.
The Case for Christ

Lee Strobel

Life in a Jar:  The Irena Sendler Project Jack Mayer
The Holy Longing: the Search for Christian Spirituality Ronald Rolheiser
The Samurai Shusaku Endo
Saints for All Occasions J. Courtney Sullivan
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
Amazed by God's Grace Deacon Larry Oney
An Immovable Feast:  How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance Tyler Blanski
Wrestling with God Ronald Rolheiser
Prayer Ronald Rolheiser



The Book of Joy

Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu

When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi
Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance
The Power of One Bryce Courtenay
La Popessa Paul I. Murphy
Option B Sheryl Sandberg
The Rosary Immaculee Ilibagiza
Night's Bright Darkness Sally Read



The Abbey James Martin, S.J.

God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

Victoria Sweet
AD30 Ted Dekker
Peter, Paul and Mary Magdalene Bart D. Ehrman
A Man Called Ove Fredrick Backman
Redeemed Heather King
The Sparrow Mary Doria Russell
The Lamb's Supper Scott Hahn
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
The Christmas Box Richard Paul Evans

                                     2015 BOOK SELECTIONS

An Invisible Thread Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski
Fioretti Andrea Tornielli
The American Cardinal Christina Boyle
Jesus - A Pilgrimage James Martin, S.J.
The Way of Serenity Fr. Jonathan Morris
The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Woman's Life  (September) Joan Chittister, OSB
Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End  (October) Atul Gawande, MD
Hallowed Be This House (November) Thomas Howard
Wearing God Lauren F. Winner

Consider the Birds Debbie Blue
Stories of Early Christianity Fr. vanThanh Nguyen
Nine Words Allen R. Hunt
Revelations of Divine Love Julian of Norwich
The Church of Mercy Pope Francis
Lazarus Awakening Joanna Weaver
Drawn from the Water Donna T. Upchurch
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Nabeel Qureshi
Sacred Fire Ronald Rolheiser


A Whole New Life Reynolds Price
The Vatican Diaries John Thavis
My Sisters the Saints Colleen Carroll Campbell
God: A Biography Jack Miles
The Seven Storey Mountain Thomas Merton
Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest Gary M. Meier
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Reza Aslan
Killing Jesus: A History Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

The Great Mysteries Andrew Greeley
Unplanned Abby Johnson
The Devil’s Highway Luis Alberto Urrea
Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
The Other Side Michael H. Brown
Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Through the Eyes of Faith John Powell SJ
Half Broke Horses Jeannette Walls
The Five Love Languages Gary Chapman


Tattoos on the Heart Greg Boyle SJ
A Year of Living Biblically A.J. Jacobs
Heaven is for Real Todd Burpo
The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything James Martin SJ
My Life with the Saints James Martin SJ
How Big is Your God? Paul Coutinho SJ
The Lemon Tree Sandy Tolan
Not Counting Women and Children Megan McKenna

Christ the Lord:  Out of Egypt  Anne Rice
The Language of God Francis Collins
Blessed Unrest Paul Hawken
Half the Sky Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDann
Called Out of Darkness Anne Rice
Leaving Church Barbara Brown Taylor
Pope Joan Donna Woolfolk Cross
The Blue Sweater Jacqueline Novogratz

Secret Cardinal Tom Grace
Led by Faith Immaculee Ilibagiza
Our Lady of Kibeho Immaculee Ilibagiza
Secrets of the Light Dannion Brinkley
Contemplation in Action Richard Rohr
Amazing Grace:  A Vocabulary of Faith Kathleen Norris
Compassion: A Reflection on a Christian Life Nouwen, McNeill, & Morrison
Gift of the Red Bird Paula D’Arcy
When the Heart Waits Sue Monk Kidd
Grace to Carry Marcia Putnam
Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis



Tree Full of Angels Macrina Wiederhehr
101 Things Everyone Should Know about the Bible Trigilio and Brighenti
Left to Tell Immaculee Ilibagiza
View from the Altar Howard Bleichner
Rediscovering Catholicism Matthew Kelly
Same Kind of Different as Me Hall, Moore, and Vincent
The Shack William P. Young
Plan B Ann Lamott

God and You William Barry SJ
Conversations with God David Walsch
Prodigal Son Henri Nouwen
Redeeming Love Katherine Reeves
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom
Hinds Feet on High Places Hannah Hurnard
The Faith Club Idiliby, Oliver, Werner
The Message of Jesus Christ Mahatma Gandhi et al
Listen: Finding God in the Story of Your Life Keri Wyatt Kent
Traveling Mercies Ann Lamott
My Monastery is a Minivan Denise Roy
The Lamb’s Supper Scott Hahn
Father Joe: the Man Who Saved My Soul Tony Hendra
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger David Gregory



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Coming Up Next...

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson

Published 2015

Amazon Review:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time

At its core, Bryan Stevenson's JUST MERCY is about the inherent inhumanity of the American justice system. As Stevenson puts it, "Presumptions of guilt, poverty, racial bias, and a host of other social, structural, and political dynamics have created a system that is defined by error, a system in which thousands of innocent people now suffer in prison." This is a system that condemns children to life imprisonment without parole, that makes petty theft a crime as serious as murder, and that has declared war on hundreds of thousands of people with substance abuse problems by imprisoning them and denying them help. Stevenson is an attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, an organization that offers free legal services to the poor and disenfranchised. His book is a sobering look at criminal justice from the perspective of those least likely to be treated fairly.

Next meeting:  June 2019


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The Sun Does Shine:  How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

by Anthony Ray Hinton

Published 2018

Amazon Review:

“Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for opposing a racist system in South Africa. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row because a racist system still exists in America. Both emerged from their incarceration with a profound capacity to forgive. They are stunning examples of how the most horrendous cruelty can lead to the most transcendent compassion. The Sun Does Shine is both a cautionary tale for all who think that a great nation can easily forget its past and inspiring proof of the inability to condemn a man's capacity for hope, love, and joy. An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”
        - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“No one I have represented has inspired me more than Anthony Ray Hinton and I believe his compelling and unique story will similarly inspire our nation and readers all over the world.”
       - Bryan Stevenson, New York Times Bestselling Author, Just Mercy