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

September 21, 2020–May 2021

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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
Walter Fluker 600x600 Facilitated by Walter Earl Fluker
Prayer in the Night
Session 3 February 8–April 10
Prayer in the Night : For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep
by Tish Harrison Warren
Tish 69 copy Facilitated by Tish Harrison Warren
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 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 addicts and those in pover­ty through var­i­ous church­es and non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, 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 is a found­ing mem­ber of The Pel­i­can Project and a Senior Fel­low with the Trin­i­ty Forum. 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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Join the 2020-21 Renovaré Book Club

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 will open on August 192020.

Our 2020 – 21 sea­son will begin 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 avail­able to pur­chase start­ing August 19 until Sep­tem­ber 28, 2020. Mem­bers who choose 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. We have begun ship­ping copies of Pete Greig’s How to Pray across the Unit­ed States, and into Cana­da and oth­er Inter­na­tion­al des­ti­na­tions. You will receive an email noti­fi­ca­tion with a track­ing num­ber enclosed when your book ships.

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!

We are work­ing on a way to make giv­ing a mem­ber­ship eas­i­er and, well, gifti­er and should have this in place by August 26.

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, email, and mail­ing address) 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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