Books and Bagels

Books and Bagels

Books and Bagels

(usually) Third Tuesday of the Month, 9:15 a.m.,  Ministry Center, Room 7

Join us when the topic intrigues you!  Read the book ahead of time, and come to discuss the ideas that encouraged, inspired or challenged you.

Current and future books are available for sale in the Church Gift Shop (off the narthex, near the front doors off SeaGate).  Also Kristi has a few copies to be borrowed and returned if you're interested!


June 13:    The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlan   **Note- this is the SECOND Tuesday of the month

Subtitled:  Sharing my mothers gift of faith, love and letting go.  "After her mother passed away, Mary Lou went searching for the God Box. But rather than one box, Quinlan found 10 containers stuffed with hundreds of origami-like folded papers. Covering the last 20 years of her mother's life, the notes contained a treasure of brief prayers for family, friends, and people she had never even met. Note by note, Quinlan discovered the greatest lesson her mother could impart: the importance of letting go in order to live. Poignantly written and beautifully designed, The God Box is a gift for every parent, every son or daughter, every person who trusts in the permanence of love and the power of prayer."  (description from  



July - no meeting, but July 25 is the feast of St. James (our theme for next month!)

August - A Pilgrimage theme:  choose one of the books below (or any book on The Way of St. James) and come prepared to discuss how the book enhanced your understanding of pilgrimage.

  • option one:  Walk in a Relaxed Manner:  Life Lessons from El Camino  by Joyce Rupp.  Read more from the author's website here.
  • option two:  Discovering El Camino: A Priest's Journey to the Tomb of St. James  by Fr. Greg Markey.  Find the description online at Amazon.

September:  Prayer, Our Deepest Longing by Ronald Rolheiser.  We have copies at the Ministry Center, available free or by donation.  This is a book for all manner of believers, whether your faith is solidly rooted, wavering between religion and adult faith, or just not sure what or whether to believe.  It addresses topics that work against a healthy spiritual life.  With simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers techniques for how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers. He encourages us with gentle kindness and words of hope and inspiration.  The author, a Catholic priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, has a website: 



Past selections include:


May:   A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor  

April - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC

March  - Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody by Alan Hunt

February  - How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg, MS and Mark Robert Waldman

January  - Thy Will be Done: Letters to Persons in the World by Saint Francis de Sales


Reaching Out by Henri Nouwen

My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, S.J.

What's so Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza

Five Years in Heaven by John Schlimm

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis