Do you like reading? Do you like reading books that challenge you to think and reflect on your faith and the intersections of our lives, our understandings of scripture, the struggles of life that challenge our faith, the painful realities of injustice, not just in the past but today, books and words that also give you hope and a light to keep going?

If you do, here are four very different books for your summer reading consideration, followed by the dates and times to gather to discuss what we have been reading.

If you would like to join one or more of the book discussion groups, we would love to have you join us. (Please email Even if you can’t join the in-person discussions, there will be opportunities to share your thoughts and reflections online too.


Summer Book List:

The Cross and the Lynching Tree – by James Cone (Consider ordering this book through Strive Book Store, a Twin Cities Black-owned store Discussion led by Kevin Philpy – Wednesday, July 17, at 7pm at church.

 Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again – by Rachel Held Evans – Discussion led by Pastor Kent on Wednesday, June 26, at 7pm at church.

 Sacred Threshold – by Paula D’Arcy – Discussion led by Pastor Kent on Sunday, July 28, after worship.

 The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery – by David Benner – Discussion led by Pastor Kent on Wednesday, August 28, at 7pm at church.