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Journey through four soul-shaping, Christ-centered books.

September 2020–May 2021

Membership Includes

Notebook Membership-only schedule, study guides, podcasts, essays, and email reminders.
Lighthouse Exclusive content from the author or seasoned guide.
Notebook Thoughtful discussion with other Book Club members.

This Season’s Soul-Stretching Books

Chosen by Renovaré for 2020-2021

How to Pray
Session 1 September 21–November 14
How to Pray : A Simple Guide for Normal People
by Pete Greig
Pete Greig Facilitated by Pete Greig
Jesus and the Disinherited
Session 2 November 16–February 6
Jesus and the Disinherited
by Howard Thurman
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Session 3 February 8–April 10
Prayer in the Night : For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep
by Tish Harrison Warren
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A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
Members get a discount coupon from publisher.
Session 4 April 12–June 5
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
by William Law
james-catford Facilitated by James Catford

Meet the Facilitators

Pete Greig

Pete Greig

Pete Greig is a best-selling author, pastor and founder of the 24-7 Prayer movement which has reached more than half the nations on earth. He is also the Senior Pastor
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Walter Earl Fluker

Rev. Dr. Walter Fluker was born in Vaiden, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he attended public schools. He served in the United States Army as a Chaplain’s Assistant
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Tish 69 copy

Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate
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James Catford

James Catford is Chair of Renovaré and a longstanding member of our Ministry Team. During a career in commercial publishing James worked with many of the authors most closely
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Pete Greig

Pete Greig

Pete Greig is a best-selling author, pastor and founder of the 24 – 7 Prayer movement which has reached more than half the nations on earth. He is also the Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd, Guildford, England, an Ambassador for the NGO Tearfund, and teaches at St Mellitus Theological College in London. For 7 years Pete served with the senior leadership team at HTB and Alpha International. Pete’s publications include Red Moon Rising’, God on Mute’, The Prayer Course’, and Dirty Glory’. He loves art galleries, live music and knocking down walls. He tweets regularly @petegreig.

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Walter Earl Fluker

Rev. Dr. Walter Fluker was born in Vaiden, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he attended public schools. He served in the United States Army as a Chaplain’s Assistant from 1971 – 1973. He received his BA degree in philosophy and biblical studies from Trinity College in 1977, and an MDiv degree in 1980 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Fluker completed his PhD degree in social ethics at Boston University, in 1988. He retired from the Boston University School of Theology in June 2020.

He served as pastor of the historic St. John’s Congregational Church, UCC in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1981 – 1986. In 1986, Fluker was university chaplain and assistant professor of religion at Dillard University. He became assistant professor of Christian ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and assistant pastor at First Baptist Church. He became assistant professor of Christian ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Capitol Hill, in 1987. In 1991, Fluker was named dean of black church studies and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial professor of theology and black church studies at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 1992, Fluker became editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project. He served as director, National Resource Center for the Development of Ethical Leadership from the Black Church Tradition from CRCD in 1993 – 1998. In 1998, Fluker joined Morehouse College as executive director of The Leadership Center (renamed the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership), The Coca Cola professor of leadership studies and professor of philosophy and religion.

In 2004, Fluker served as visiting professor for the University of Capetown Graduate School of Business, Distinguished Lecturer in the International Human Rights Exchange Program and faculty at The Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria. Fluker was a distinguished speaker for the US Embassy in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria; Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban, South Africa, China; and India. Having served visiting professorships at the Harvard College and Divinity School and Candler School of Theology; and visiting scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary. Fluker joined the Boston University School of Theology faculty as the Martin Luther King, Jr. professor of ethical leadership and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership in 2010. He consulted for the Democratic Leadership Council National Conversation, Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program, the Department of Education, the Department of State, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Georgia State Superintendents’ Association, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

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Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an associate rector, as an outreach worker to those in poverty, and, most recently, as the Writer in Residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA

She is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which won Christianity Today’s 2018 Book of the Year. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband and three children in Pittsburgh, PA

Find her at tish​har​rison​war​ren​.com.

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James Catford

Forty years ago, when Celebration of Discipline was just hot off the press, James Catford was studying economics and theology in Britain. Spiritual formation soon became part of his student ministry with the equivalent of InterVarsity and he transitioned into a career in publishing through IVP UK. He was originally introduced to Richard Foster and Dallas Willard when he was publishing director at HodderHeadline in London. 

At HarperCollins James published Streams of Living Water and The Divine Conspiracy as well as C.S. Lewis and a list of high profile trade books. These years severely tested his with-God life” and he started attending the Renovaré Ministry Team in 1996. Renovaré’s six streams helped shape his fourteen years leading Bible Society (BFBS) and Richard Foster asked him to chair Renovaré Britain & Ireland, which he did until 2018. As of 2020, he is the board chair of Renovaré USA.

Formerly chair of the Apprentice Institute at Friends University and vice-chair of the Amity Printing Company in China (the largest producer of Bibles in the world), James now serves on the board of the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Research Center at Westmont College. He also supports Christians in leadership around the world with American Bible Society and is chair of the third oldest publisher in the UK called SPCK

James is married to Sue who runs a theater in central London. 

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“The most meaningful thing was...”

Past Renovaré Book Club participants finish that statement

Exposure to diverse thoughts and opinions. Incredible depth of some respondents.”
Being introduced to books that I normally would not read. It stretched me spiritually. It was a growing and great experience.”
It broadened my diversity experience in the Church.”
Finding like-minded Christians trying to thrive in a consumer-driven environment”
Insights I gained into love, perseverance thru suffering, thankfulness, non-violence, understanding the thinking of ancient times…”
How these books helped me to more fully understand the presence of God in my life and begin to include Him more in my daily experiences.”
Personal growth and that of others in the club. Our group members’ relationship to Jesus went into overdrive!”
Being challenged to rethink my walk with the Lord and draw closer to him through more meaningful prayer and transformation of my mind.”
In addition to reading four books (yay!), I have noticed my shift in thinking.… becoming closer to Jesus. It was very beneficial.”
Meeting with a group of people who were reading and wrestling with the material alongside me. It made for rich conversations. Others took notice of things that I missed.”
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A Safe Space to Go Deeper

The Internet can be a scary place sometimes, especially when it comes to discussing close-to-the-heart topics. The Renovaré Book Club strives to create a space where people ask without fear, seek understanding, and honor one another even if there is disagreement.

You can choose to participate in a members-only forum, a members-only Facebook group, an in-person or online small group, or no group at all and simply follow along and enjoy the resources. It's up to you.

Meaningful Small Group Discussions

Members may optionally join a small discussion group run by a volunteer coordinator. These video or in-person groups typically meet once a month at different times.

(In-person meeting protocols are decided by the volunteer coordinators and members, who are encouraged to abide by local health recommendations. Renovaré connects coordinators with members but does not oversee groups.)

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Questions & Answers

General

What is Renovaré?

Founded by Celebration of Discipline author Richard J. Foster, Renovaré is a Christian nonprofit that creates resources and kindles communities which help people become more like Jesus. Learn more about Renovaré.

What are the benefits of Membership?

Membership includes reading schedule with email reminders, study guides, podcasts, essays and a members-only discussion forum where you can interact with other members and the Renovaré team members leading the sessions. Membership also includes access to volunteer-led meet-up groups — virtual or in-person (when safe) — in select areas.

Timing (Start Date, Ship Dates)

When does the Book Club begin? Can I join anytime?

Registration is currently open.

Our 2020 – 21 season began on September 21, 2020. You may join any time during the season and have access to the bonus features of all four books (articles and podcasts, as well as discussion board conversations). 

Due to the event-like nature of the Book Club, memberships are not returnable/​refundable. Thanks for your understanding and for your support of the work of Renovaré.

I purchased a "with-book" membership before September 14. When will my book come?

Thank you for your order. Books are shipping out as we receive them. You should receive an email notification with tracking information once your book ships, and it should arrive within a 2‑week window. If you’ve been waiting longer than 2 weeks after your email notification, please contact [email protected]​renovare.​org so that Justine can investigate.

How long will I have access to the Book Club resources and discussions?

Once you join, you will have perpetual access to this season’s resources and access to the discussion forums throughout the summer. We leave everything accessible on the Book Club dashboard through early September. 

Once we archive all of the resources, we send members a link to access them going forward. We do not preserve the discussion boards past the summer.

Books

Are books included with Membership?

Memberships that include the first book are no longer available. Members who chose this option must still purchase or otherwise obtain the final three books of the season.

Books may be borrowed from your local library, purchased at your local bookseller, or purchased using Amazon or CBD links on the Book Club purchase page (links support Renovaré). All of this season’s books are available in e‑book format through online retailers as well.

Does it matter which editions of the books I use?

Yes, readers often find it easier to use the recommended editions, as page numbers and other details can be edition-specific. If you use an edition other than the one recommended, you may need to do some adaptation. Note: We are also aware that our readers are increasingly using eBook versions of the texts, and we will do our best to make the reading assignments make sense for the digital versions of our chosen editions as well.

Tell me more about shipping books ...

With-book memberships only include the first book. All copies of Pete Greig’s How to Pray have been shipped for the season. You will receive an email notification with a tracking number enclosed when your book ships and a confirmation email from [email protected]​renovare.​org once it is delivered.

Your book, especially to international addresses, can take 14+ business days to arrive. Most US addresses will receive their books within 7 – 10 days. We ship via USPS. We have noticed that shipping times seem to have increased during this COVID-19 season, so we appreciate your patience.

All other books of the season must be sourced by members
. Please visit your local bookseller or library to obtain Jesus and the Disinherited, Prayer in the Night, and A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life or see our books page to learn more about ordering books online: https://​ren​o​vare​.org/​b​o​o​k​c​l​u​b​-​g​e​t​books Thanks!

Local Meet Ups

Virtual and in-person groups: How do they work? When do they meet? Does Renovaré facilitate them?

We have been greatly encouraged by the local communities, led by our wonderful, dedicated member-volunteers, that have formed within our larger Book Club universe over the past three seasons. 

This year, due to Covid-19 and the restrictions and guidelines many localities have put into place regarding in-person gatherings, we are offering our volunteer hosts the option of hosting an online-only meet-up (open to members across the globe) or a local in-person meet-up (these may begin online and move to in-person once it is safe to do so). Renovaré publishes the list of volunteers and the meet-up times and days but does not have a direct role in hosting the groups.

That said, here are a few things to keep in mind:

• Your membership fee covers the study guide, podcasts, essays, weekly reminders, and access to a online community. Meet-ups, whether virtual or in-person, are a free bonus to the Book Club made possible by volunteers. Because of that, Renovaré cannot accept responsibility for individuals’ experiences — whether as host or participant — in a Book Club group.

You must be a member of the Book Club to connect with a local host. We have assured our hosts that their information will only be made available to those who belong to the Book Club. Once you join, you will receive a special link to the coordinators’ names and email addresses so you can connect with them.

Dates and times of meet-ups are set by hosts and are published on the Book Club website for your convenience.

New volunteers are signing up to lead all the time, so do continue to check the listings as we draw nearer to the start date. If you would like to volunteer to lead a group online or in-person, please use this Group Coordinator Application Form.

We expect our Book Club members to treat one another as Jesus would, with the highest level of honor and respect. Any sort of abuse or harassment will not be tolerated — whether in-person or online.

Thank you!

How The Book Club Works

Who are the moderators of the Book Club? Can I interact with them online?

Each session has a facilitator (either the author or an expert on the book) who will help you grow as you read each title. They provide bonus articles and podcast messages about the book, but they do not engage on the discussion forums. You will have an opportunity to post a question for the facilitator that might be included in each session’s third and final podcast/​webcast, which is driven by members’ questions.

Our Renovaré staff work together to moderate the discussion board and engage as they are able. Renovaré team members will be hosting one member-wide video meet-up for each book. Information on these will be posted once we launch the Club officially in September.

Finally, our regional virtual and in-person meet-up groups are coordinated by volunteer Book Club members.

How do I access downloads and participate in the discussions?

All resources and discussion are through a special Book Club members website. Members receive their login information via email a few days prior to the opening day of the Book Club (date coming soon).

Who chooses the books?

The leadership at Renovaré meets every spring and maps out the schedule for the year.

What is the time commitment when I join the Book Club? Do I have to participate at a certain time or day of the week?

The Renovaré Book Club can fit just about any schedule. We read each book over six weeks but include a prep week at the start and a wrap-up week at the end, so there is plenty of cushion. The reading assignments” are not more than 50 pages per week.

At the beginning of each book, our members receive an outline of the proposed reading schedule. Every Monday, we send out an update that includes: 

  • A reminder of that week’s reading assignment 
  • A supplementary resource (usually an article or a podcast) from that book’s facilitator 
  • (Sometimes) optional bonus resources for members who want to go deeper 
  • A discussion question for those who wish to engage in online discussion.

All of the resources, once posted, are available all season. There are no live” online discussions (members can post at any time), and you may engage as much or as little as you would like online.

Members who participate in a virtual or in-person meet-up led by a volunteer coordinator will gather once-a-month at a time and day determined by the volunteer. See the list of volunteer times here.

Can I use the Club for my pre-existing book club or small group?

We do not have a flat-fee licensing system for our current Book Club. We will soon be offering Book Club materials for previous Book Club books that you may purchase for your group. We will post more information when that is available.

That said, we’d also love it if any or all of your group were to join the 2020 – 21 season, and we can certainly set up your own online discussion forum group if you do.

Other Questions

Can I purchase a Book Club Membership as a gift for someone else?

Yes. Thank you for wanting to give a membership to the Renovaré Book Club!

In the meantime, if you would like to give a gift membership to the Book Club, please use the regular Join” link at ren​o​vare​.org/​b​o​o​kclub and enter their information (name and email) with your information for billing. 

I have another question.

Justine Olawsky is glad to help. Email her at [email protected]​renovare.​org.

Journey through four soul-shaping, Christ-centered books.

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