Mama Bear’s

Saturday at Mama Bears was fun and cozy! I’m so excited this location was suggested and can’t wait to go back! I would definitely recommend it to any of you! Such a nice place with a comfy atmosphere and great food and drinks.

This was our smallest crowd yet with just three of us being able to attend. And it was our first meeting since getting my TableTopics so it was neat to be able to pick a question and talk about it. We also had the discussion questions I sent out previously, so we were not short of things to discuss.

Whether you were able to attend or not, please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts about the book!
This next book (Animal Vegetable Miracle –but be sure not to get Animal Vegetable MINERAL… this isn’t the book we’re reading 🙂 ) I can’t even describe how excited I am to re-read this book! I hope you all have a chance to read it even if you aren’t able to attend our next discussion. (on April 18th)

this Saturday

I know most of you said you won’t be able to make it this weekend to discuss Robinson Crusoe so we’ll be few in numbers. But we have settled on a place to meet!

It’s called Mama Bears, click HERE for directions.

We’ll meet at 10am.

Next book: Animal Vegetable Miracle.It’s one of my favorites! I know you’ll enjoy it!

February’s meeting

Sorry I didn’t finalized the next meeting date to discuss Robinson Crusoe earlier, I was trying to work out all the date and location issues… as it turns out, it will be simpler than I thought!…

February 21st, 10:00am at Higher Grounds Coffee House.
(directions: here)

Because I’m predicting February will still be too cold to meet outside at the park, I thought it would be nice to support a locally owned Christian company. Also, since this meeting will be at a food/drink establishment we’ll get the morning off from cooking 🙂 and not bring our brunch items this time.

Another note on Robinson Crusoe:
If you haven’t had a chance to start the book or get a copy it’s not to late! It’s is free to read online and listen to at

And now… I’m going to reveal the next book! I know several of you try to find copies through different book trading websites so this way you can get a chance to put the book on your list ahead of time.

Drum roll please…..

I read this book in 2007 and really loved it! In somewhat of a journal style, Barbara along with some entries from her husband and daughter, tell about their experience eating only food they raised or grew themselves or bought locally. It’s all about food and very entertaining to read! It’s interesting to see how they handle times when there’s not much to harvest except A LOT of asparagus or when they want to have a HUGE birthday party and need to feed many guests or when Barbara and her husband travel to Europe and continue their goal of eating locally. I don’t know if I’ve done the book justice but, she’s an excellent best-selling author and the book is easy to read and follow and may even challenge your eating habits or encourage you to grow your own garden!

The meeting to discuss this book will be April 18th at 10:00am and hopefully back at the park!

Soon I’ll be sending out the next few books after this one. I’ve gotten a few suggestions and have most of the books for the rest of the year lined up! Several the ones coming up will be one month books too!


Robinson Crusoe discussion questions

Here are a few questions I found for our meeting next month. I thought I’d send them out early so you can be thinking about then ahead of time.

1. Is Robinson Crusoe moving or too factual and realistic or both?
2. What techniques does the author use to make it moving? (shipwreck, footprint, cannibalism) Look at how he shows instead of telling.
3. Do women find it interesting? Why or why not?
4. Discuss the theological themes in the book. Providence, Conversion, Sanctification
5. What is sin in Robinson Crusoe? Before his conversion? After his conversion?
6. How does God Guide in Robinson Crusoe? Pay special attention to “secret hints.”
7. Trace, using the text, Robinson Crusoe’s process of conversion and sanctification.
9. What virtues does Robinson Crusoe learn? How does he learn them? (diligence, obedience, tolerance, gratitude, self-control, sensibility, wisdom)
9. What Biblical allusions do you see in the text?
10. Discuss the role of fear in the book.
11. Discuss the book as an evangelistic work.
12. Look at what he took with him when he left the island and its possible significance.

party re-cap and other info

Here are a few shots Janet got throughout the evening….

Thank you all so much for coming last night! I had a wonderful time and hope you did too! Telephone-Pictionary turned out to be a great hit! For those that weren’t able to make it, don’t worry I think we should play that one again!! I can’t remember the last time I laughed that much or that hard! seriously! 🙂

I have several ideas for more fun get-togethers in 09! I actually have a list of many different kinds of activities we could do this coming year, so stay tuned! I might even throw in some “1 month” books instead of taking two months to read.

Some of you mentioned you don’t always know when I post here… so here are some options to be sure you never miss an entry.

1. You can use the igoogle home page and sign up for this site via an RSS feed. (This isn’t as complicated as it may sound. I can give you more detailed instructions if you need them.)

2. Google Reader -similar to #1 but this doesn’t have any fancy widget options, just RSS feeds.

3. Email updates -I can add your email so your are automatically sent an email anytime I post. (This is an easy options but I have a limit of 10 ppl that I can add to receive emails.)

The Rest of God -Restoring your Soul while Restoring the Sabbath

I still have 2 chapters to go, but this has been an awesome and informative book! If haven’t had the chance to read it yet I would really recommend it. Especially during this busy time of year! In the introduction Buchanan states that in this book he’s trying to “help us think differently about time and eternity, rest and work, food and play –to change and renew our minds about such things.”

I bought my copy of the book and a few ppl have already asked to borrow it, so let me know if you are also interested.

February’s book is Robinson Crusoe… more to come on this soon.

November’s brunch

We had a record turn out today for the book Persuasion with 6 people!!! Thank you all for coming!

Upcoming events:
December 11th: 7:00pm = December’s book club discussion on The Rest of God by Mark Buckanan. It will be a short discussion before our Christmas party

December 11th: 7:30pm = the CHRISTMAS PARTY!! 🙂 … a fondue Christmas party!! If you would like to bring something let me know.

February 21st: 10:00am (location TBA) February’s book is Robinson Cruseo by Daniel Defoe.