Opportunities to Affect Reading Guides
Each month the Opportunities to Affect in fellowship! magazine suggests a book related to a missional formation topic. Reading group study guides are available each month to help lead group discussions about the book and its relationship to the missional topic of the month.
A powerful historical novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace, Never Fall Down is the unforgettable story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn-Pond, told from his point of view as a young boy. The story follows his journey to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
From the author of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year Drive By comes a unique and riveting exploration of one of America’s largest and fastest-growing industries—the business of poverty.
Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets and who eventually made it into Harvard. The book is an unforgettable and beautifully written story of one young woman’s indomitable spirit to survive and prevail against all odds.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but also brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor and sacrifice for one another.
The Big Truck that Went By by Jonathan Katz
In this visceral first-hand account, Katz takes readers inside the terror of the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians and the monumental—yet misbegotten—rescue effort that followed.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Set in present day Appalachia, Flight Behavior concerns a young wife and mother who experiences something she cannot explain. Her discovery energizes various competing factions—religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians—trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.
Reading group discussion guide will be available January 1.
Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
(Young Adult novel) Since emigrating from Bangladesh, fourteen-year-old Nadira and her family have been living on expired visas, hoping to realize their dream of becoming legal U.S. citizens. When Nadira’s father is arrested and detained at the U.S.-Canadian border, it’s up to Nadira to be strong and bring her family back together.
Reading group discussion guide will be available February 1.
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen.
Reading group discussion guide will be available March 1.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life.
Reading group discussion guide will be available April 1.