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Book Discussions

The STM Library Ministry facilitates book discussions which occur during the year, and are part of the Adult Faith Formation education program. Parishioners are encouraged to read a specific title, and then choose one of the small, informal group sessions to discuss the book. Library Ministry stewards facilitate the discussion.

 Book Discussion

If you could recommend a book for everyone to read to further his or her spiritual journey, which one would it be? We are planning the Read, Reflect, Rejoice book discussions for next year and want your input! Send your suggestions with author and title to the Library Ministry by email at library@stmaustin.org or fill out the form to the right.

 

 

Book Discussion Guides

Pilgrmage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis by Mark K. Shriver

Discussion Guide: Pilgrmage

 

Jesus CEO by Laurie Beth Jones

Discussion Guides: Jesus CEO: First Session,  Jesus CEO: Second Session,  Jesus CEO: Third Session

 

The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

Discussion Guide:  The Church of Mercy

 

The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel

Award winning journalist and NYT best-selling author Lee Strobel draws upon his own journey from atheism to Christianity to explore the depth and breadth of God’s redeeming love for spiritually wayward people. He travels thousands of miles to capture the inspiring stories of everyday people whose values have been radically changed and who have discovered the “how” and “why” behind God’s amazing grace. Through it all, you will be encouraged as you see how God’s grace can revolutionize your eternity and relationships … starting today.

Discussion Guide: The Case for Grace

 

The Greatful Heart by Wikie Au & Noreen Cannon Au

Integrating the findings of modern psychology and traditional Christian spirituality, this book presents a spirituality of gratitude that can guide contemporary Christians in living with an expanded awareness of how grace abounds everywhere, as well as the personal and cultural hurdles that stand in the way of being grateful.

Discussion Guide: The Grateful Heart

 

Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Most of us believe in God’s grace—in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet. Yet God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins—dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His “furious love.” Brennan Manning’s now-classic meditation on grace and what it takes to access it—simple honesty—has changed thousands of lives.

Discussion Guide: Ragamuffin Gospel


Hail, Holy Queen by Scott Hahn

Through a close examination of the Bible, as well as the work of both Catholic and Protestant scholars and clergy, Hahn brings to light the small but significant details showing that just as Jesus is the "New Adam," so Mary is the "New Eve." He unveils the Marian mystery at the heart of the Book of Revelation and reveals how it is foretold in the very first pages of the Book of Genesis and in the story of King David's monarchy, which speaks of a privileged place for the mother of the king. Building on these scriptural and historical foundations, Hahn presents a new look at the Marian doctrines: Her Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity, Assumption, and Coronation.

Discussion GuideHail,Holy Queen


No Faith, No Miracles: What Jesus Asks of You by Arlene McGannon, DMin

We tend to think that miracles are all God's doing, that our cooperation is not important. But in truth, part of every miracle taking place is a profound faith expressed through action. Arlene McGannon takes Gospel accounts of Jesus' miracles a step further by applying each account to our own lives. Rather than expecting the miraculous, Jesus calls us to recognize our role in the making of a miracle.

Discussion GuideNo Faith No Miracles


What Good is God? by Philip Yancey 

When life gets tough, does what we believe about God really matter? Philip Yancey is a journalist and spiritual writer who has traveled the world seeking an answer to this question. Find out the answers he discovered after examining 10 unique world events and how they impacted the people involved.  A perfect read to make sense of our world today! 
 

Discussion Guide: What Good is God?

There's a Book Review of What Good is God?.


The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.

Discussion Guide: Return of the Prodigal Son

There's a Book Review of The Return of the Prodigal Son.


Seek First the Kingdom by Cardinal Donald Wuerl

In this insightful and highly relevant book, Cardinal Donald Wuerl makes the case that Catholics do not have the option of absenting themselves from the world, taking refuge in a completely private spirituality. As citizens of two worlds, it is precisely within the context of our faith that we can play a decisive role in transforming American society while furthering the goals of the kingdom of God.

Discussion Guide: Seek First the Kingdom

There's a Book Review of Seek First the Kingdom.


Mission of the Family by Jon Leonetti
Call number: 248.4
Book Discussion Summer 2013

Old Testament:  The creation of humanity is the crown of the Creation story.  What stories depict the importance of the family?

New Testament:  Jesus is not from a typical family. How would a modern day reporter describe the Holy Family and its history?

Jesus reveals the two greatest mysteries of God. He is both fully God and fully man, and He is One in Three. Who is part of His family?

Marriage is the foundation for every family.  In what ways does this work to benefit the family unit? How do you sustain a relationship, and ultimately, your family? Refer to the prayer on page 28. How does your faith as a couple affect those around you?

Discuss the effects of divorce for the family and for those families in the Church and in our parishes.

 

Book Discussion Suggestion