It’s Not Too Late!… January Book Discussions

Christmas break is that time in the school year when everything stops.  There are no set deadlines, there is no pressure to get a paper finished, you don’t even really have to leave your parents’ house if you don’t want to.  You visit with family, call up old friends, and watch way too much reality TV.  Days can seem endless.  

And that’s a good thing.  We all need to rest and take a break from our multiplying to-do list.  But I’ve also found that break can sometimes overwhelm me with a sense of laziness.  Instead of being resuscitated and feeling rested, I can begin to feel as if I’ve wasted a whole month of my life vegging out in front of the Bachelor (by the way, I’m pulling for Emily).

I offer you this: consider picking up and reading one of the Veritas book discussion books while there is still a week of break left.  With a girls and guys selection, we’re excited to discuss these two books with you when you’re back in Columbia.

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat, by Elyse Fitzpatrick [girls]

More than 80% of all Americans have been on a diet at some point in their lives.  Food, weight, and body image seem to have a power over our lives whether one is 15 or 35.  And the reasons for this are many: we care about what people think of us, we want to look good, to find a spouse, to have all the friends; we think we are overweight, underweight, could stand to lose a few pounds, or shouldn’t be eating at all.

So how are we really supposed to think about food?  How was it designed?  How do we really know what is destructive and what is just normal?

This book will help us to think through eating habits in our lives, cycles of emotional eating, and give us a right perspective of the food that God has provided for us.

The Enemy Within, by Kris Lundgaard [guys] 

There it is again.  Sin.  Over and over, you can’t seem to stop it.  It wreaks havoc in so many areas of your life, and like a fly, it doesn’t seem to ever really go away.

So what are we supposed to do?  As Christians, we know that sin is not good.  We should fight it once we see it, but how?  This book is an outstanding review of the problem that all Christians face – the battle with the flesh.  While most of us recognize that there is an enemy – sin – within us, we don’t know what the next step is.  Lundgaard digs at the root of sin to overcome and kill it with the power of God’s grace and God’s Spirit.

The book discussions will be Thursday, January 20th at 8:00pm, girls and guys Veritas houses. We’ll have coffee and snacks!

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About Colleen Kelly

I graduated from Mizzou in May '09 with an English degree and joined staff with Veritas soon after. I'm originally from St. Louis, but love living in Columbia. Things I love: reading (anything and everything), walking, being outside, coffee, conversation, theology, exploring, saturdays, and adventures.
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