Welcome to the December 2016 edition of the Christian Fiction Book Club Connection. Thanks for stopping by! Whether you’re a pastor or ministry leader thinking of forming a book discussion group at your church, a current member of a book club, or simply a fan of Christian fiction hoping to connect with other readers, you’re in the right place. Please consider subscribing to my blog so you won’t miss future posts.
Today I’m providing information on Christian fiction discussions scheduled to take place around the web this month. I’m also featuring a handful of recently released Christian fiction titles for which a discussion guide is available, either included in the book itself or on the author’s or publisher’s web site.
Online Discussions Coming Up This Month
The ACFW Book Club will be doing something a little different for the month of December. Rather than choose a book for discussion at this busy time of year, the group is arranging for authors to offer giveaways on the discussion list. You can subscribe to the group’s e-mail list now, by following the instructions on their Web site, to be sure not to miss any announcements or discussion questions.
By the Book has been run as a local in-person book discussion club for years, but has just recently introduced an online Facebook-based discussion option. To join in online, like the By the Book Facebook page, and be sure to check back there periodically for any discussion that may not have made it into your news feed. December’s selection is Finding Riley by Dan Walsh.
For December, the Christian Fiction Devourers group on Goodreads is discussing Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter AND A Patchwork Christmas Collection by Judith McCoy Miller, Nancy Moser, and Stephanie Grace Whitson. Grab your copies and head on over to the discussion forum to check in with others who are in the midst of reading these books.
The Fans of Amish Fiction Goodreads group discusses one Amish fiction title per month. The selection for December is Amish Christmas at North Star by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert. To join in, visit the group’s online discussion board.
Jamie of the Books and Beverages blog hosts a monthly Inklings discussion series for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Sometimes fiction, sometimes non-fiction, the title for the month of December is Bilbo’s Last Song by J.R.R. Tolkien. The discussion is planned for December 21, 2016.
Recent Christian Fiction Releases Featuring Discussion Guides
Unblemished by Sara Ella (October 2016, Thomas Nelson, Young Adult Fantasy)
Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon (October 2016, Revell, Romantic Suspense)
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin (October 2016, Thomas Nelson, Contemporary)
Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman (October 2016, Thomas Nelson, Amish Romance)
So, friends, what have you been reading lately? Any titles you’d recommend for book club discussions?