Welcome! We’re glad you’ve joined us to discuss all things books. Here and in the Facebook group (click the button on the right and we’ll add you) we love to make a cuppa and talk about the latest books we’ve read – why we liked them, what we gained, or why we wanted to throw them across the room in disgust.
Each month in the magazine, I choose a book or two and tell you how they captured me. I also interview a Christian author about their love of books. And I choose five top reviews from you – and those women receive complimentary copies of my selection and the latest book from the author I interview.
Join in and let us know what you’re reading. We benefit from the lively banter and interchanges. And come on over to our Facebook group, where along with our discussions we often have extra book giveaways.
I look forward to hearing what you’re reading!
Amy Boucher Pye
This month I'm celebrating ...
“Nearly  years ago a book club changed my life. I was a single, professional woman living in Washington DC and had been part of a reading group for several years. I loved the experience – discussing books that I might not normally choose was always stretching and stimulating.
"But on this Saturday in February 1997, I was a bit cross. Why did we have to hold book club on a date night? And why, when it was finally our turn for fiction, did we have to read something that was philosophy disguised as fiction (Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder)?
“My mood cast a shadow over the evening. I tried to make conversation with the visiting British theological student but didn’t feel that we connected. But maybe we did, for in less than a year we were married and living in the UK.”
The above paragraphs marked the start of the Woman Alive Book Club in July 2006 (except I said ‘10’ and not ‘20’ years). In the last decade, I haven’t lost my love of books, nor my love of discussing them with others. It’s a joy to share with you the books that have challenged or moved me, and I love hearing what you read and why.
For me personally, the decade has seen my move from being an editor to an author – a years-long dream that I didn’t know if I’d ever step into. Writing Finding Myself in Britain took some seven years, but from that protracted process I learned so much, not only about writing and publishing, but also about finding one’s voice and learning to stand tall in it.
Close on the heels of my first is my second book-baby, coming out this autumn, the BRF Lent book: The Living Cross: Exploring God’s Gift of Forgiveness and New Life. More importantly, we added our second child in the last ten years, making our family complete with our son and daughter.
I look gratefully to the book-loving community and the fabulous team at Woman Alive for their contributions over the last decade. Jackie Harris brilliantly shaped the book club into what it is now with its interactive nature featuring your reader reviews and the author interview. The rest of the team in Worthing contributes richly: Wendy Longhurst with her gift for administration, Phill Roberts with his fresh designs, Jane M and Jane B for catching our errors, Abi Bainbridge sharing the message of Woman Alive and Russ Bravo for his fantastic leadership of the magazine department. And those from years past, including Sharon Barnard and Clare Colwood.
What will the next decade hold, and which will be the new Prayer of Jabez, Purpose Driven Life or The Shack? I look forward to the journey with you.
PS Thank you to Hendrickson for the lovely Everday Matters Bible for Woman which our five reviewers will receive, along with a copy of Grace, this month. This Bible contains my very first published article!
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