Book Club Discussion, Saturday, March 12

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Was Jesus married? We don’t read in Scripture that he was, but many scholars argue that he would have been, as an arranged marriage at a fairly early age was simply the way things were done in Jesus’ culture. Certainly, by the time he entered his public ministry when he was 30, he would have taken a wife. The novel The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd assumes Jesus’ marriage and tells the story of his wife. Please join Pastor Katie for a discussion of this novel on Saturday, Mar. 12, at 11:30 a.m., in The Gathering Place (east wing). You’re welcome to bring a sack lunch if you’d like.

The story is that of Ana, the wife’s character, but weaves Jesus’ story in and out of the events in Ana’s life.
The Associated Press review of the novel says that Kidd’s
. . . painstaking research and artful crafting of setting and character ensure that The Book of Longings is
not just an extraordinary novel, but one with lasting power. . . . [Her] brilliance shines through on so
many levels, but not the least in her masterful, reverential approach to capturing Jesus of Nazareth as a
fully human young man.

Kidd’s book is available through Amazon for $13.99 ($11.99 for Kindle edition); from Alibris for $6.59.

Please let Katie know if you plan to attend so she can prepare for the appropriate number of participants.