All are welcome! The next gathering will meet will meet on Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 am in the St. Paul’s nursery. The book to be discussed is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and led by Mary Lou Weitzel.
BOOK CLUB NEWS
St. Paul's Book Club has no criteria for choosing what we read – a member (or a couple of members) read a book, recommend it and we either read it or we don't. Some are fast reads, some aren't. September's book was a hard one. The book is Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, subtitled "Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." We all found it hard going because it tells stories of things that happen to ordinary women in Asia and Africa. Not things that CAN happen, things that DO happen, over and over again. Two of us had to read the book in stages, putting it down after each chapter and returning to it later. One of us still has nightmares. And one of us spoke for all when she said, "How can anyone work for change when there is so much that needs doing? Where do you start?"
The answer was in the book, a story I'll retell after I tell you what we decided to do. We are each contributing $ 5.00 to make up a micro loan for a woman to start a small business – having her own money will give her either independence from her family or power within her family. Money talks.. We haven't chosen who or where, but will do so at our October meeting. Anyone is welcome to join us – Sharon James is our banker. So. The story.
On page 45, Kristof and WuDunn retell a parable they heard from a Hawaiian friend. It goes like this:
A man goes out on the beach and sees that it is covered with starfish that have washed up with the tide. A small boy is walking along, picking them up and throwing them back into the water. What are you doing, son?" the man asks. "You see how many starfish there are? You'll never make a difference." The boy paused thoughtfully, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. "It sure made a difference to that one," he said. Amen and amen. – Karen Delaney