On September 16 we will start the next book for early risers (and those who, like me, enjoy being an early riser for a good book discussion!). We will continue to gather over Zoom on Thursdays from 7-8 a.m.

We’re going to be reading and discussing You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith. Jamie Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin University (nee Calvin College).

From the publisher:

You are what you love. But you might not love what you think.

In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the “imagination station” that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship.

The author creatively uses film, literature, and music illustrations to engage readers and includes new material on marriage, family, youth ministry, and faith and work. He also suggests individual and communal practices for shaping the Christian life.

I am confident that this book will stimulate some great discussion and also lead to fruitful individual growth. What more could we ask for at 7 a.m.?

The schedule: We’ll be taking it one chapter per week for the 7 weeks.

Feel free to pass this message along to others who you think might be interested in joining us on Thursday mornings!

The books will be available this Sunday morning and cost $15. If you would like a book placed outside for you, please let Terri or me know. On Sunday the books will be on the table in the hallway outside the Narthex. You can leave your $15 in the offering baskets (kindly identify it as being for the book).

Looking forward to being with you starting September 16!

Our Zoom link for Thursday mornings will continue to be:


Meeting ID: 814 172 150
Passcode: 598120