June 6, 2020

iMonk Book Club

Chaplain Mike is having trouble with his internet connection today. Apparently the hamster that spins the wheel generating ‘lectricity in  his part of the world died, and no replacement hamster was available. Thus, it is up to me to come up with something sage and wonderful.

Unfortunately, the hamster that turns my “sage and wonderful” wheel died a loooooong time ago. So let’s spend this brief time together talking about our upcoming iMonk Book Club. We are going to read four books together in November, one each week, and then gather our chairs in a circle and talk about the ideas in these books.

Week one: Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian.  I’ll lead this discussion. This book is not so much about suffering as it is about experiencing God’s grace in a very radical way.

Week two: Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s Power by Tim Stafford. Does God perform miracles still today? A lot of people say that he does, and they have proof. But does their “proof” stand up to medical, scientific, and journalistic scrutiny? Lisa Dye will lead this discussion.

Week three: Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan. Just what do we make of a God who orders entire people groups to be exterminated? Who seems to encourage slavery? Who delights in blood sacrifices? Craig Bubeck is not afraid to look at these hard questions, even when there does not seem to be a good answer.

Week four: Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography by Amy Frykholm.  Just who was Julian? Why do her writings still stand true more than 600 years later? What can we learn from a woman who lived most of her life in a small, stone cell attached to a small church in a small English village? Damaris Zehner and Martha of Ireland look at Julian and her times.

Your assignment is to choose one, two, three or all four books, read them, and come up with some good questions and ideas to share with us. If there is one thing I know you iMonks like more than your beer, it’s reading and talking about what you’ve read. Now, get to it.

And if you happen to have a spare hamster you can lend to Chaplain Mike …


  1. Sounds great. Unfortunately, being an MA student, I have quite enough reading to be doing

  2. I’ve already gotten the first book. I can’t wait.

  3. I’m down for Glorious Ruin.

  4. Just posting you a new hamster Chaplain Mike…if only it would stay still as I try to write the address on it. 🙂