Every year the United Methodist Women sponsor a reading program. The program is to encourage women to expand their knowledge in areas important to our growth as spiritual people active in the United Methodist Church and to think critically about current issues. The recommended books are member reviewed and fall into 5 categories for 2012: Education for Mission, Leadership Development, Nurturing for Community, Social Action, and Spiritual Growth.
The program offers four levels of participation. Basically each level requires reading 5, 10, 15, or 20 books throughout the year. For Level 1 you would read one book in each of the 5 categories. For levels 2 – 4 you would read two books in each category and if applicable select the remaining books from any category you choose. The selection of books can be taken from the previous four years as well, which gives a large selection of books to choose from.
We have quite a few books from previous years as well as a few new books from this year’s selection. For people with a Kindle, there are quite a few that are available. I’ve downloaded about 20 samples to check out so far. Unfortunately, I can’t give you any information for other e-readers, but I’m sure many of the books are available for them as well.
Two books on the list for 2012 that I have read are the following:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Nurturing for Community category), and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (Social Action.) Both books are excellent. Please let us know of books that you would recommend.
Consider joining the UMW Reading Program. With 5 years worth of suggestions to choose from, I’m sure there will be books that will interest anyone. Click on the link above to get more information. You can also download a list of the current books there. To see more details about the individual plans and to download book lists from previous years, click here.
My plan is to aim for one book a month, Plan Level II. I’m also involved in a non-fiction book club, so this should keep me busy.
What do you think? Will you have time in your schedule to read at least 5 books? Have you read any of the recommended books from previous years that you would recommend? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.