Novel (& Reel) Theology
Literature shapes our understanding of ideas like love, compassion, forgiveness, redemption; in other words, those markers we encounter in following Christ. This year we will mix novels with movies and occasional non-fiction. Novel Theology discussions are open to anyone who has read the book or seen the movie. Invite your friends. Books are available at Morgan Hill Bookstore at a 15% discount. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.
No meeting in December. The following schedule may be revised.
A United Kingdom
A 2016 British film based on the true story of the heir to the throne of Bechuanaland, Seretse Khama of the Bamangwato tribe, who while studing law in postwar London meets Ruth Williams whom he marries despite the protests of both their families and the opposition of the British government.
Wednesday February 14 at 7:00 pm.
Discussion led by Susan Clark.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
“Ove's a curmudgeon. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. . . . Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which change one cranky old man and the local residents' association.
Wednesday March 14 at 7:00 pm
Discussion led by
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (2017)
A “beautifully observed, quietly absorbing novel . . . Alice McDermott has made the insular world of New York's Irish Catholic immigrants in the first half of the 20th century her own, . . . in focusing tightly on a close-knit community of ordinary people, she leads us to a deeper understanding of the human condition.”(Washington Post review)
Wednesday May 9 at 7:00 pm
Discussion led by Alice Perry
A 2016 film directed by Theodore Malfi. In a period of oppressive racial discrimination three brilliant African-American women at NASA are the brains making it possible to the launch of John Glenn into orbit, an achievement that restored the nation's confidence after USSR;s initial lead.
Wednesday June 13 at 7:00 pm
Discussion led by
Some books and films discussed previously:
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
- Plainsong by Kent Haruf
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
- Lila by Marilynne Robinson
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
- My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok