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Take an online journey through four soul-shaping, Christ-centered books.

Registration for the 2019-20 is now closed. Sign up to be notified about the 2020-2021 Book Club!

Membership Includes

Lighthouse Exclusive content from the author or seasoned guide.
Notebook Schedule, study guides, podcasts, essays, and 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's how one participant answered, What was the most meaningful thing you received from the Book Club? Others said...

“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.”
“Broadened my diversity experience in the Church.”
“Finding like-minded Christians trying to thrive in a consumer-driven environment”
“Insights into Love, perseverance thru suffering, thankfulness, non-violence (submission rather than retaliation), understanding the thinking of ancient times...”
“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.”
“Personal growth and that of others in the club. Our group members' relationship to Jesus went into overdrive!”
“I was 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.”
“It was wonderful to meet 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.”

Meet the Facilitators

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey is an American Christian author. Fourteen million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, making him one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors. Two of his books
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Mimi Dixon

Miriam Dixon

Miriam (Mimi) Dixon began her ministry in 1979 serving as an associate pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington. From April of 1985 to May of 2019 she served
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Larry Burtoft

Larry Burtoft

Larry Burtoft was the pastor of Valley Vista Christian Community in Van Nuys, CA, where Dallas came to deliver the series of talks that became Life Without Lack (2018), which
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Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

For Philip Yancey, writing is a way to explore faith. He explains: “At times we all ask questions such as ‘Where is God when it hurts?’ or ‘Does prayer make any difference?’ As a freelance writer, I get to investigate such issues full-time. It’s my calling, to honestly explore such questions, and I feel privileged to do so in print.”

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Mimi Dixon

Miriam Dixon

Miriam (Mimi) Dixon began her ministry in 1979 serving as an associate pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington. From April of 1985 to May of 2019 she served as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Golden, Colorado. She earned both her MDiv and DMin degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mimi is on the Renovaré Board of Directors and teaches for the Renovaré Institute. She actively promotes Christian Spiritual Formation, crediting Richard Foster and Dallas Willard for their influence in her life and ministry. The Interior Castle has become an essential resource in Mimi's life with God for the past several years, and Mimi is excited to help Book Club members become better acquainted with Teresa of Ávila and the help she offers.

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Larry Burtoft

Larry Burtoft

Larry Burtoft has been married to his wife, Lotus, for 49 years, and together they raised three sons. Those sons are married and raising another six sons and one granddaughter. Both Larry & Lotus were born in Southern California, moving to Colorado Springs, CO in 1993, where they now reside.

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Soul-Stretching Books

Chosen by Renovaré for the 2019-2020 Season

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Session 1 October 13–November 29
Fearfully and Wonderfully : The Marvel of Bearing God's Image
by Philip Yancey,Paul Brand
Philip Yancey Facilitated by Philip Yancey
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Session 2 December 1–January 31
Doors Into Prayer : An Invitation
by
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Session 3 February 2–March 20
Interior Castle : (Christian Classics Edition)
by Teresa of Avila
Mimi Dixon Facilitated by Miriam Dixon
Life Without Lack
Session 4 March 22–May 15
Life without Lack : Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23
by Dallas Willard
Larry Burtoft Facilitated by Larry Burtoft
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Kind Online Discussion

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 an online space where people ask without fear, seek understanding, and disagree while treating one another as Jesus would.

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

In-Person Groups

Optionally Participate in a Volunteer-Led In-Person Group (Where Available)

Map below shows in-person groups. None close to you? Join the discussion online and/or contact us to start an in-person group. Note: Coordinator contact info is only available after joining. Learn more about local 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 meet­up groups in select areas.

Timing (Start Date, Ship Dates)

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

Our 2019 – 20 sea­son will begin on Octo­ber 14, 2019, with the first week of read­ing start­ing on Octo­ber 21. 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.

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?

No, all books must be obtained sep­a­rate­ly. (Mem­ber­ships that include the first book are no longer available.) 

If your mem­ber­ship was pur­chased on or before Sep­tem­ber 30 and includ­ed the first book, you will still need to 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.

Local Meet Ups

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 (com­ing soon for 2019 – 20) 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 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 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.

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, which is dri­ven by mem­bers’ questions.

Our Ren­o­varé staff work togeth­er to mod­er­ate the dis­cus­sion board and engage as they are able. New in 2019: Ren­o­varé team mem­bers will be host­ing month­ly video meet-ups. Infor­ma­tion on how to pre-reg­is­ter for these will be post­ed once we launch the Club offi­cial­ly in October.

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. By Octo­ber 10, 2019 (or the day that you join the Book Club if after Octo­ber 10) 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 2019 – 20 sea­son, and we can cer­tain­ly set up your own online dis­cus­sion forum group if you do.

Other Questions

I have another question.

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

Take an online journey through four soul-shaping, Christ-centered books.

Registration for the 2019-20 is now closed. Sign up to be notified about the 2020-2021 Book Club!

Membership includes reading/study guide, podcasts, essays, online discussion group access, and 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).