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Library Book Club Schedule for 2023-2024

The Library Book Club was launched in 2008 with the goal of bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to read and discuss important works of literature in an informal setting.

This academic year, the Library Book Club schedule is comprised of five classic Christian works chosen by the librarians from 25 Books Every Christian Should Read. In selecting our list of five books, we tried to pick works that are on the to-read list of many Christians and are just waiting for the right opportunity to occur, such as a group read in a Christian book club.

While there is no requirement to finish a book to come to the discussion, we have scheduled the list so that even the longest book, The Brothers Karamazov, can be completed with a commitment to read (or listen) a little each day. All the titles are available from the Library in print and e-books formats and in audiobook through Audible, Hoopla, or Libby.

For the complete schedule and links to register for in-person or video participation, see the Library Book Club homepage. For additional information, contact Harold Henkel

Book Discussion: Job & Oedipus: Evil, Affliction, and Scapegoating

Sphinx and Oedipus, ca. 450 BC*

The existence of evil and suffering by the good is one of the eternal questions of life. In the Hebrew Bible and literature of the ancient Greeks, nowhere is this problem projected in greater starkness then the Book of Job and the Oedipus Rex. For the final Book Club discussion of this year, Professor of English Dr. Jeremy Larson will lead a discussion of these two great works. To better understand the similarities and differences in these stories, we will also look at an essay by Catholic philosopher René Girard. For more information and links to suggested readings, see the Library Book Club webpage.

What: Library Book Club
When: March 30, 2023, 12:00 pm
Where: Library Conference Room and Zoom.

*Sphinx & Oedipus, Theoi Project. https://www.theoi.com/Gallery/M18.3.html.

Book Discussion: A Child is Born

Georgics, Book III: Shepherd with Flocks (c. 5th century)

Virgil, Georgics, Shepherds with Flocks (c. 5th century)

Did the greatest poet of ancient Rome prophesy the birth of Christ? Professor of English Dr. Michael Elam will lead a discussion about the nearly identical language in Virgil’s fourth Eclogue (c. 42 BC) and the Nativity prophesies in the Book of Isaiah. Was Virgil a Messianic prophet, as Augustine believed? Was he familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures through Greek translation? Or, As T. S. Eliot argued, do Virgil’s works simply foreshadow a new moral vision that the early Church would in time spread to all corners of the known world? For more information and links to suggested readings, see the Library Book Club webpage.

What: Library Book Club
When: December 2, 2022, 12:00 pm
Where: Library Conference Room and  Zoom.

Eudora Welty discussion with Dr. Michael Crews

“Woman of the Thirties” (1935). Photograph by Eudora Welty.

One of Eudora Welty’s most loved short stories, “A Worn Path” is the tale of an elderly black woman’s long walk to town at Christmastime to purchase medicine for her sick grandson. According Welty, the creative stimulus for the story came from the “indelible” image of an old black woman she once saw crossing a wintry field. The theme of the story, the author explained, is “the deep-grained habit of love.”

On Friday, December 7 at 12:00, Dr. Michael Crews will lead a discussion of this remarkable short story in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra videoconference.

First published in in 1941 in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, “A Worn Path” is available free on the Atlantic website. The story is only 3,276 words and can be read in about 15 minutes.

But wait! Say your research has required so much reading lately, that you can’t manage even that. You have two other options:

  • A recording of Welty reading her story on YouTube.
  • An excellent film adaptations (with most of the dialog taken right from the story) available from FMG Films on Demand (Regent login credentials required).

So you have no excuse to miss this opportunity in literature appreciation!

For more information about this or other Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Image credit: Image Credit: “Woman of the Thirties” (1935). Photograph by Eudora Welty. In a 1989 interview the author commented on her photograph: “She has a very sensitive face, as you can see. She was well aware of her predicament in poverty, and had good reasons for hopelessness. Well, she wasn’t hopeless. That was the point. She was courageous. She thought it was a hopeless situation, but she was tackling it.” https://theunintendedcurator.com/2017/09/14/eudora-welty-photographer/?fbclid=IwAR0Fvb0ZD34r6oNHwMoeIsROXG6wNyfO936517syVlws0FxX6VdpvJT51IM

Book Discussion: The Warden, by Anthony Trollope

On Friday, November 16, the Library Book Club will kickoff it’s 12th reading season with The Warden, Anthony Trollope’s tale of a kindly cathedral minister of music who suddenly finds himself the object of scandal when a fiery secular reformer decides that he is improperly benefiting from a Church endowment.

At only 98 pages The Warden is Trollope’s shortest novel and the best introduction to this great writer’s work. First published in 1855, many of the issues raised in the novel about Church governance are still relevant today.

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Pete Fraser will lead our discussion. The Library collection has copies The Warden in print and ebook formats.

Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via Collaborate Ultra: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/18d438ef58c34c069e046cc809bb3ee9

For more information about this or other Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.