This year, City Church is starting occasional monthly reading groups. For one month, we will pick a book to read together and process within community.

It’s simple. We will announce the book. You order it and read it. We will organize a meet-up and / or a podcast towards the end of the month.

Here is this month’s book selection:

David Brooks is a well-known columnist for the  New York Times  and many other publications of note. Along with Mark Shields, Brooks makes weekly appearance on the PBS NewsHour to offer analysis of breaking political news. He is the bestselling author of  The Road to Character (2015),  The Social Animal  (2011),  Bobos in Paradise  (2000), and On Paradise Drive  (2004).  In The Second Mountain,  he tackles the deep question of life’s meaning, what it is to live a meaningful life. The fundamental challenge, he believes, is to abandon our abiding desire to see work, achievement, and wealth as the prizes that will give us what we want. Rather, according to Brooks, we need to pursue a higher calling: what the author describes as the moral life. Chapters in this book explore the meaning of vocation, marriage and family, philosophy and faith, and community.

David Brooks is a well-known columnist for the New York Times and many other publications of note. Along with Mark Shields, Brooks makes weekly appearance on the PBS NewsHour to offer analysis of breaking political news. He is the bestselling author of The Road to Character(2015), The Social Animal (2011), Bobos in Paradise (2000), andOn Paradise Drive (2004).

InThe Second Mountain, he tackles the deep question of life’s meaning, what it is to live a meaningful life. The fundamental challenge, he believes, is to abandon our abiding desire to see work, achievement, and wealth as the prizes that will give us what we want. Rather, according to Brooks, we need to pursue a higher calling: what the author describes as the moral life. Chapters in this book explore the meaning of vocation, marriage and family, philosophy and faith, and community.

Stay tuned for details regarding our May Reading Group gathering.

A few things to note:

  1. We are hoping for a variety of genres and perspectives. Some we will agree with. Others, we won’t. It is our hope that we can foster charitable and respectful dissuasion with ideas and others from differing viewpoints.

  2. Even if you don’t get through the book, you are welcome to join in the discussion. Just be warned that we may spoil the ending.

  3. You are welcome to jump in and out of the reading group throughout year. However, be open to surprise. A book might not initially attract you, but you might be better for it.

  4. The group is open to everyone, not jus those within our church community. Feel free to invite anyone you think would have interest.

  5. Keep checking back to this webpage for details on our monthly meet-up.