St. Matthew’s Book Club is open to all interested readers and meets monthly in the Church library or Classroom C on the third Thursday of the month. Our reading selections offer a way to explore books through fellowship and discussion and are led by a different parishioner each month. Our discussions are lively and have been thought provoking and enlightening.
Contact Holly Weise (609-737-1064) for more information or suggestions.
All are welcome! If you are attending for the first time, please call Holly to confirm the date. The dates and selections appear below and usually appear in the Sunday bulletin and monthly newsletter.
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All meetings are in the library on Thursdays at 10:00 am. We fluctuate between the third and fourth Thursdays of the month, depending on when the library is available.
Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton
Thursday, Jan. 24th (5 copies MCL)
“The author is a Philadelphia woman and was a classmate of mine in grad school! This book discusses faith and might be good for your book club.” - Elizabeth Luciano’s recommendation - 8:00 am parishioner
You would be hard-pressed to find a more intimate—even revolutionary— depiction of the emotional and sensory experiences of motherhood than you’ll read in Lilli de Jong, the debut novel from Janet Benton. Benton imagined a heroine, Lilli de Jong, an unwed Quaker mother living in 1883 Philadelphia, who enters not only readers’ hearts, but also their minds, through her distinctive, questioning voice. The book, in the form of Lilli’s journals, relates her travails as she strives to keep her daughter and simply survive in a society with no tolerance for unmarried mothers. Lilli resolves that whatever their future may be, mother and child must stay together. And so, she embarks upon the herculean task of providing for herself and her daughter, while at every turn the pair are beset by judgment, misogyny, and misunderstanding. The novel, rich in historical detail, shines a light on the rights women won in the 20th century and reveals how far we have to go. “We, as a society, don’t support mothers well,” points out Benton. “Each time a woman has a child, it’s a crisis for her work life.
Happiness is a Choice You Make : Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old by John Leland (9 copies MCL)
Thursday, Feb. 28 10:00 am
The author set out to meet some of the city's oldest inhabitants for a series on America's fastest growing age group: those over eighty-five. Beyond illuminating what it's like to be old, physically and materially, they provided a life changing education in resilience and joy. They had lived long enough to master the art of living, and they shared their wisdom generously.