The "Wil-there-be-More" Book Club is named for our little town of Wilmore. Wilmore is a tiny university town in the middle of Kentucky, literally located on a deadend road ending in the Kentucky river. Some members of our club have bemoaned moving to a "deadend town" in Kentucky. But all of us have found that there is more in this little hamlet then they ever expected! Wilmore is actually a diverse, international community of missional people living deeply and profoundly into the beauty and hardship of life. God is on the move here!
This was my personal book of the year circa 2011. And now we are reading it for our book club. This is an intense book about suffering, theology, faith, evil, missiology, and anthropology. Read with us!
"In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet that will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question what it means to be human."
We had a great conversation around this book. The discussion ended on what does it mean for the vulnerable to thrive around us, how do we use our voice to combat evil as we are inspired to do by Sarah Grimke, and how do women learn to fly today--and then. Almost our whole group actually read the whole book...which is quite a feat and says something about this phenomenal story. And Sue Monk Kidd's writing style...beautiful.
Mixed reviews on this book--some loved it, some tolerated it, no one hated it. It's a story of a 16-year-old girl finding her way back to her mother, but also putting together reality in an Odyssey-like journey where she encounters many guides (for good and bad) along the way. It covers many issues that a teenage girl on a quest-journey-coming of age-homecoming might. And this opens up lots of conversation of what it means to find home and find yourself. In that way, a great book, sometimes strange, but interesting, heartbreaking, but also a bit inspiring.