Have you ever been part of a book club? I've always loved the idea of sharing in an experience and discussing thoughts and learnings. Soon after graduating college, marrying, moving to ATL, and getting started with a career, Jenny and I started a weekly bible study. We would meet at Jenny's place or my place and invite other women to join us each week. We've had people come and go and we've also had a core group of girls that have been there since the beginning. There have been times when we've discussed faith-filled books and bible studies, shared our stories and times when we've just talked about what's going on in our hearts.
It's been such an incredible way to connect with other women through faith. We also started a Facebook group when we first got together that we still use on a consistent basis. We post prayer requests, reading schedules...etc. I LOVE my bible study girls and I cherish the time we get each week to share and encourage each other.
With that in mind, and after Jenny and I recently spent a lot of time narrowing the focus of our blog, we absolutely loved the idea of trying to re-create this concept on a bigger scale with our readers. Our hearts are to build a community of women/mothers/wives...etc that is encouraging, open, and supportive. We hope this will be a fun way to make steps towards building this type of community!
And that brings us to the Maiedae book club. :) Each month we will be focusing on one faith-filled, development type of book to read and discuss. We'll be sharing that book with you before the beginning of each month and providing opportunities to share your thoughts and have discussions. We hope this will be a unique way for you to connect with some incredible women and read books that are incredibly inspiring and motivational for your faith!
This brings me to November's book! In November we will be reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Jenny and I read this book with our bible study group several months ago and we were both blown away with its rich content. This book is about living fully where you are and finding joy. It's deep, poetic, challenging, and convicting. We think it's an incredible book to kick off the book club and we would love for you to join even if you've already read it! I'll be re-reading it for the month of November to brush up on everything AND because I loved it so much the first time. ;)
We've set up a private Facebook group page that you can join by clicking here. On this group page we would love for you to share your questions, thoughts, and quotes pertaining to the book that month as well as personal prayer requests if you would like! We think this would be an incredible way to keep the community active throughout the month, encourage each other, and promote great discussion. We've also included a suggested reading schedule and various resources on the group page for you to reference, too! :)
We would LOVE to hear your ideas on further ways to format the book club to make it the most effective. Would you like us to offer a wrap up on our blog at the end of each month about the book and our thoughts as well as provide an opportunity for you to link up and share your own posts? Let us know your ideas!
We are so excited to have you join us! Here's to community, book clubs, and the holidays! :D Love you, sweet friends!! xox
Excited! We would love for you to share! Here is a hashtag guide for November: #maiedaebookclub #1000gifts