loren Eric Swanson: Books and Brew

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Books and Brew

I've started something new for the summer, we are calling "Books and Brew"--a gathering of the curious at my house, every Friday afternoon from 4pm-5:30 or6pm to simply interact over books we are reading...mostly around the big things God is doing in the world. Books and Brew is about collaborative learning and stimulation. It is similar to the group CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien were part of in their "Inklings." But don't you think "Books and Brew" sounds a bit more fun? The books we talked about on Friday were:
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman--an update on on globalization and The Lexus and the Olive Tree
China Today
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolome de las Casas
Jack--the story of CS Lewis
Passages by Gail Shehee
Present Future by Reggie McNeal
A Shaping of Things to Come--Frost and Hirsch
An Unstoppable Force--Erwin McManus
And other assorted books whose titles escape me at the moment

The group is composed of young men in their 20s to young thinking men in their 50s. What we have in common is a passion for the work of God, lifelong learning and the belief that the best years for every one of us are still ahead of us.


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