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October 1—May 31

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Membership Includes

Lighthouse Direction from author or seasoned guide to lead you through book.
Notebook Schedule, study guides, podcasts, essays, along with email reminders.
Notebook Thoughtful online discussion with other Book Club members.
Map Optional in-person discussion groups in many locations (and growing!)

"Far too much to mention."

That was one participant's answer to What was the most meaningful thing you received from the Book Club? Here are others...

"Exposure to diverse thoughts and opinions. Incredible depth of some respondents."
"I was introduced to books that I normally would not read. It stretched me spiritually. It was a growing and great experience."
"Insights into Love, perseverance thru suffering, thankfulness, non-violence (submission rather than retaliation), understanding the thinking of ancient times..."
"Finding like-minded Christians trying to thrive in a consumer driven environment"
"Broadened my diversity experience in the Church."
"I really loved 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."

Books for 2018–2019

Becoming Dallas Willard Cover
Session 1 October 1–December 1
Becoming Dallas Willard : The Formation of a Philosopher, Teacher, and Christ Follower
by Gary Moon
Gary Casual Copy Facilitated by Gary Moon
Glittering Vices
Session 2 December 3–February 9
Glittering Vices : A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies
by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
Deyoung Rebecca Photo Facilitated by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
Session 3 February 11–April 6
The Cloud of Unknowing : And the Book of Privy Counsel
by Anonymous
james-catford Facilitated by James Catford
Session 4 April 8–June 1
Reconstructing the Gospel : Finding Freedom from Slave-Holder Religion
by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove Facilitated by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Meet the Facilitators

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Gary Moon

Gary Moon (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
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Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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James Catford

James Catford is on Renovaré's Board and Ministry Team. He served for many years as Bible Society’s Group Chief Executive in the UK.
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Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.
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Gary Moon

Gary W. Moon, M.Div. Ph.D. served as the founding Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College from 2011 to 2018 and continues to direct resource development initiatives through serving as the director of Conversatio Divina: A Center for Spiritual Formation. Gary also co-directs a DMIN program in spiritual direction at Fuller Theological Seminary; served as the founding director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation and as a founding Editor of the Conversations Journal.

He writes in areas such as the theoretical and practical integration of psychology and theology and has published and presented over 300 professional and popular papers. He recently completed a biography of Dallas Willard, which was released in March of 2018. His most recent books include: Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Teaching on Faith & Formation (IVP, 2015) and Apprenticeship with Jesus (Baker Books, 2009). Other books include: Falling for God (Shaw/RandomHouse, 2004), and Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls (IVP, 2004). Homesick for Eden (Servant, 1997) and a four-volume family devotion series, The Bible Ride (Servant and LifeSprings).

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Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

Rebecca DeYoung (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) has enjoyed teaching ethics and the history of ancient and medieval philosophy at Calvin College for the past 20 years. Her research focuses on the seven deadly sins, as well as Thomas Aquinas’s work on virtue. Her books include Glittering Vices (Brazos), Vainglory (Eerdmans), and a co-authored volume entitled Aquinas’s Ethics (University of Notre Dame Press). Recent essays about various vices and virtues—hope, despair, sloth, courage, magnanimity, and vainglory—appear in Virtues and Their Vices (Oxford), Being Good (Eerdmans), and Cambridge Critical Guide to Aquinas’s De Malo, and the journals Res Philosophica, ACPQ, the Thomist, and Faith and Philosophy. Awards for her work include the Book and Essay Prize from the Character Project and the C.S. Lewis prize for Glittering Vices. She speaks widely, including opportunities to teach in prison. She and her husband live in Grand Rapids, near the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. They have four children ages 13-20.

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James Catford

James Catford is on Renovaré's Board and Ministry Team. He served for many years as Bible Society’s Chief Executive in the UK.

He has a background in commercial book publishing having been publishing director at both HodderHeadline and HarperCollins. His non-executive roles include chair of Renovaré Britain & Ireland and the Apprentice Institute at Friend's University, and also vice-chair of the Amity Printing Company in Nanjing, China and the UK publisher SPCK. He is married to Sue, and they live in central London.

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Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual author and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.

In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into community with the formerly housed to eat, pray, and share life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood and in community-based education around the country. Jonathan is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

Jonathan is a co-complier of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and is the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including Reconstructing the Gospel, Strangers at My Door, The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism. He is also co-author, with Reverend Dr. William Barber II, of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement.

An evangelical Christian who connects with the broad spiritual tradition and its monastic witnesses, Jonathan is a leader in the New Monasticism movement. He speaks often about emerging Christianity to churches and conferences across the denominational spectrum and has given lectures at dozens of universities and seminaries, including Calvin College, Bethel University, Duke University, Swarthmore College, St. John’s University, DePaul University, and Baylor University.

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Discuss + Meetup

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Questions & Answers

What is Renovaré?

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

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

Our 2018-19 season began on October 1, 2018. 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).

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 meetup groups in select areas.

Are books included with Membership?

Books are not currently included with membership and may be borrowed from your local library or purchased at your local bookseller, or use Amazon or CBD links on the Book Club purchase page to support Renovaré. All of this season’s books are available in e-book format through online retailers as well.

I purchased a "with-book" membership before October 17. When will my book come?

Thank you for your order. Your book should arrive within a 2-3-week window. You should receive an email notification with tracking information once your book ships. If you’ve been waiting longer than 3 weeks, please contact [email protected] so that she can investigate.

Local meet-ups: how do they work? When do they meet? Does Renovaré facilitate them?

Local meet-ups are organized and led by volunteers. Renovaré publishes the list of volunteer meet-up locations but does not have a direct role in hosting the groups.

Experience in the local groups has generally been very positive. We are delighted to see these communities blossom and grow. We are very grateful to our local leaders for being willing to step forward in this role.

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. Local meet-ups 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 local book 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 may vary from month to month. Members can contact coordinators for time and location details.

We expect our Book Club members to conduct themselves in accordance with Christian ethics and morality. Any sort of abuse or harassment will not be tolerated—whether in-person or online.

Thank you!

How do I find out if there is a meetup group in my area?

Please see this map and list of locations. (Note: You can “grab” the map by clicking or tapping on it, and move it around to see various parts of the world.) Members will have access to the names and email addresses of the local coordinators to discuss a time and location.

If there are no groups in your area, you will still be able to join an online discussion group. Once you’re a member, you can also volunteer to become a coordinator for your region.

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.

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

You sure can! Go here to purchase a gift membership.

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, which is driven by members’ questions.

Our Renovaré staff work together to moderate the discussion board and engage as they are able.

Finally, our regional 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. After joining you will be emailed instructions on how to log in.

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, so 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 as to 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 local meet-up led by a volunteer coordinator will gather once-a-month at a time, day, and place determined by the volunteer.

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 2018-19 season, and we can certainly set up your own online discussion forum group if you do.

I have another question.

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

Join the 2018-19 Renovaré Book Club.

Join Book Club$30 membership (books not included)

Membership includes reading/study guide, podcasts, essays, online discussion group access, and, for upcoming books, weekly reminders. Books are not included and may be purchased from local bookseller or online (use Amazon or CBD links on our book purchase page to support Renovaré).