A book club for women.

The Shared Shelf is a book club for women through FAC, meeting every 3rd month* to discuss a non-fiction (and an occasional fiction) book written by a female author, either Christian or secular. The vision for this group is to offer a safe place to build critical biblical thinking as a filter for the information we take in, to ask hard questions of each other, and the authors whose books we’ll read.

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Every 3rd week of the month (no meetings in June, July, August, or December). Please have the book read before our next discussion date to participate:

May 15, 2024
6:00-8:30 pm, offsite
Please register online for location details.

There’s no cost, but you’ll need to source your own copy of the book.

Book: Women Talking by Miriam Toews.

(Themes: abuse, justice, self-determination, community, solidarity; a novel)

Overview: The sun rises on a quiet June morning in 2009. August Epp sits alone in the hayloft of a barn, anxiously bent over his notebook. He writes quickly, aware that his solitude will soon be broken. Eight women–ordinary grandmothers, mothers and teenagers, yet to August, each one extraordinary– will climb the ladder into the loft, and the day’s true task will begin. This task will be simple and subversive: August, like the women, is a traditional Mennonite, and he has been asked to record a secret conversation. Gradually, as we hear the women’s vivid voices console, tease, admonish, regale and debate each other, we piece together the reason for the gathering: they have forty-eight hours to make a life-altering choice on behalf of all the women and children in the colony. And like a vast night sky coming into view behind the bright sparks of their voices, we learn of the devastating events that have led to this moment.

Available on Amazon and the Calgary Public Library.

“By wisdom the Lord founded the earth;.
by understanding he created the heavens.
By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth,
and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them,
for they will refresh your soul.
They are like jewels on a necklace.
They keep you safe on your way,
and your feet will not stumble.”
(Proverb 3:19-23)


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