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Books and Friendships

I had a fun time last night, joining the Activate women for their meeting and helping them celebrate their first birthday! Activate is the Unique book club, enthusiastically led by Ope. Every 6-8 weeks they meet in two different locations, to discuss the current book . Last night involved a lively discussion of the Rob Bell book "Velvet Elvis". Next they're reading C S Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters". All the books are chosen by the book club members - recommendations of inspirational and spiritually uplifting books. Ope is passionate about inspiring women to come together to read books, sharing their thought and views. Also for women to develop spiritually and to strengthen themselves and one another.To socialize and build sincere and loving friendships.

Last night was great - there was a real cross section of women there - lots of laughter too! If you think that Activate might be something for you , you can find out more information on the Unique webpage. There will be details of the next 3 books to be read, and the next 3 dates they'll be meeting.
Hearing from the Activate women,one of the main things they gain from the book club is friendship. There's honesty, openness and laughter - it's a safe place to be - and a peachy place to be part of. And I think that's so great - it's what we all want isn't it?
So if you're not experiencing friendship and relationships like this in any other small group, then why not give Activate a go? You'll broaden your reading experiences; you'll get stimulating discussion; and also friendship and fun. A beautiful, compelling combination : Books and Friendship.
ps: My next 20 minutes are going to be spent with a coffee and a good book on the sofa in my kitchen - bliss!

Comments

Simon said…
stumbled over your blog this morning via a Google Search Alert for "Rob Bell", a book suggestion for you, "Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling" by Andy Crouch, info (including author video) here. First heard Andy speak about this material on the Catalyst podcast.
irene m said…
Activate sounds so good but I fear if I take on one more commitment..even tho I am an avid book reader...that my diary will self implode and take me with it...

I do follow the books sometimes tho and have enjoyed a couple of the suggested reading
Ope said…
Activates’ BBM was the place to be on Saturday night. We gathered together to discuss Velvet Elvis (VE); We shared our views on how it ministered to us and what we gained out of reading it.

As we did not get the opportunity to celebrate our one year anniversary in February 2009, we did so during the meeting by sharing a big celebration cake together and had a great time socialzing.

So far we have read a variety of inspirational and uplifting books in Activate. These books have certainly broadened my knowledge and horizon. They have helped to increase my level of faith, increase my spiritual growth and expanded my knowledge of God. We can never know too much about God. Knowledge is power.

Activate is open to all women.

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