Introducing the Spectrum Online Book & Film Club

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Mark Twain once said, “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” While the sleepy conscience bit is a tad hedonistic for good Pathfinders, we are going to take his advice on good books and friends! As part of our continued commitment to community through conversation, we’re launching the Spectrum Online Book & Film Club.

I’ve gone through our past blog posts about favorite books and films and solicited suggestions from many of you to find the specific titles and themes that seemed to most interest us, trying to find a balance between current and classic, devotional and scholarly, Adventist and beyond. Here’s the list of books and films for our first twelve months. (We’ll continue to do book and film reviews in between club selections, so keep sending along your ideas for other good titles you'd like to see reviewed on the site.)

All of the film titles are available on DVD for purchase or rental. Please consider supporting Spectrum’s online efforts by purchasing books and films through our Amazon affiliate account (just use the links or Amazon search box below).

You'll notice that the book & film club discussions will start on the last Thursday of every month. If any of you want to volunteer to help facilitate a discussion on a book or film you're particularly fond of, let me know. Happy reading & viewing!

Looking forward to some great conversations,

Daneen Akers Spectrum Online Reviews Editor daneen[at]spectrummagazine[dot]org

Book & Film Club Selections

April 2008 (Discussion starts May 1) Book: Prayer by Philip Yancey Film: The Power of Forgiveness

May 2008 (Discussion starts May 29) Book: The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by N.T. Wright and Marcus Borg Film: (Classic Film Night) Jesus of Montreal

June 2008 (Discussion starts June 26) Book: I Don't Believe in Atheists by Chris Hedges (Note: Also recommended as a companion volume, God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens) Film: Lars and the Real Girl

July 2008 (Discussion starts July 31) Book: Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor Film: (Classic Film Night) Babette's Feast

August 2008 (Discussion starts August 28) Book: Christianity And Homosexuality: Some Seventh-day Adventist Perspectives Edited by David Ferguson, Fritz Guy and David Larson Film: For The Bible Tells Me So

September 2008 (Discussion starts September 25) Book: The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong Film: (Classic Film Night) The Mission

October 2008 (Discussion starts October 30) Book: Finding Darwin's God by Kenneth Miller Film: Millions

November 2008 (Discussion starts November 28) Book: My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen Film: The Future of Food

December 2008 (Discussion starts December 31) Book: Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller Film: Bruce Almighty

January 2009 (Discussion starts January 29) Book: Searching for a God to Love by Chris Blake Film: (Classic Film Night) Au Revoir, Les Enfants (Note: An individual DVD is available to rent through Netflix and Blockbuster.)

February 2009 (Discussion starts February 26) Book: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis Film: Stranger Than Fiction

March 2009 (Discussion starts March 26) Book: Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott Film: (Classic Film Night) My Left Foot

April 2009 (Discussion starts April 30) Book: The Poisonwood Bible Film: To End All Wars

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