UMW Reading Program 2018.


One of the goals of the Wrightsboro UMW this year is to increase the number of women participating in the UMW Reading Program.  At our January meeting we voted to add the following titles from the 2018 UMW Reading Program to our collection. These title were recommended by UMW members but are not a complete list of titles in the 2018 program. To view a complete list go to: or – click on word: Print for descriptions. If there is a title in the UMW Reading Program that you would like to have added to the our collection, please send your recommendations to Eva Czepiel To complete the Reading program, one must read a title from each of the 5 categories.

Category: Education for Leadership

A House in the Sky: A Memoir of a Kidnapping That Changed Everything
Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Simon & Schuster, 2013
At 19, Amanda Lindhout began saving her waitressing tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos and India. She went on to Sudan, Syria and war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq, carving out a fledgling career as a television reporter. In August 2008, she traveled to Somalia, “the most dangerous place on earth,” and on her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men and held hostage for 460 days. She survived on memory, strategy, fortitude and hope, and by reaching for a house in the sky when she became most desperate.

Hiding in the Light: Why Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus

By Rifqa Bary

Growing up in a devout Muslim home, Rifqa Bary obediently followed the rituals of Islam. Hiding in the Light is her story of her remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. It is also the story of a young girl who, hearing Jesus’ call, made life-changing sacrifices to follow – and who inspires us to do the same.


Category: Leadership Development

50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning From the Heroines of the Faith

Michelle DeRusha
Baker Books, 2014

Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the Kingdom of God. Michelle DeRusha brings into focus 50 incredible women of faith — from Catherine of Siena to Susanna Wesley; Harriet Tubman and Corrie ten Boom, bringing the lives of these admirable women to life with engaging narrative as a reminder that we are not alone, the battles we face today are not new and God is always with us during the struggle.


Hollow Faith: How Andy Griffith, Facebook, and the American Dream Diluted the Gospel
Stephen Ingram
Abingdon Press, 2016

This book takes a deep look into the mirrors of pop and church culture and asks the difficult question: “are the things we produce and consume defining us?” Author Stephen Ingram explores the themes of moralism, deism, me-ism, consumerism and therapeutic religion of pop culture. Hollow Faith separates the values of the Gospel from the cultural norms that have domesticated them.


Category: Nurturing for Community

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Beacon Press, 2014

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against indigenous peoples was designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. This centuries-long genocidal program of the U.S. settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans actively resisted, and continue to resist, expansion of the U.S. empire.


Good Health, Good Life: 12 Keys to Enjoying Physical and Spiritual Wellness
Joyce Meyer
FaithWords, 2014

Meeting the demands of your busy life may leave little time for you to focus on maintaining your personal well-being. But it is important to remember that each part of you – mind, body and emotions – serves a purpose in God’s exciting plan for your future. Embracing a healthier lifestyle will help you fully experience your life.


On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

Greg O’Brien

Codfish Press 2014

This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US—and the only one of these diseases on the rise.
More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide.


When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

An autobiographical memoir about his life and illness, battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. It was posthumously published by Random House on January 12, 2016.  #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question  What makes a life worth living?

When Breath Becomes Air is a powerful look at a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of a neurosurgeon. When Paul Kalanithi is given his diagnosis he is forced to see this disease, and the process of being sick, as a patient rather than a doctor–the result of his experience is not just a look at what living is and how it works from a scientific perspective, but the ins and outs of what makes life matter. This heart-wrenching book will capture you from page one and still have you thinking long after the final sentence. –Penny Mann


Category: Social Action

13 Steps to Sustainability

United Methodist Women, 2016 Webinar

Did You Know? If just 10% of United Methodist Women members (80,000 women) used a reusable water bottle for 365 days rather than buying water in a bottle, we would save at least enough energy to power an average household for 552 years!  Our planet is threatened by unsustainable, unjust and wasteful economic systems. This provides 13 steps to help us evaluate places where we can implement sustainable practices.


Three Feathers 

March 2015           

by Richard Van Campive (Author),‎ Krystal Mateus(Illustrator)

Three young Men — Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert — have vandalized their community. They are sent by its Elders to l nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But will they be forgiven for what they have done? Three Feathers explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern Indigenous community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations.

Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action and Climate Change
(BONUS BOOK- counts as 2)
Stephen A Jurovics
Morehouse Publishing, 2016

Stephen Jurovics’ book is an important work of witness and states that faith and connection to God should lead us to save and heal our planet from a looming environmental catastrophe. Based primarily on the Five Books of Moses, this book speaks to people of faith, offering a handbook on the Bible’s greatest mandate for mortal existence — to choose life for the earth and all its inhabitants. Churches can massively reduce their impact on God’s good earth if they understand the Bible’s mandate and develop practical skills to decrease their energy use.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
(BONUS BOOK- counts as 2 books)
Monique W. Morris
The New Press, 2018

Despite increased attention to the mass and over-incarceration of black men, the plight of criminalized black women and girls is overlooked, under reported and under analyzed. Pushout shows how even with obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities and beyond, and challenges the rest of us to do the same.

Category: Spiritual Growth

Bus to Corinth


by Ladine B. Housholder

Ladine Housholder, finalist in Foreword’s “Indiefab Book of the Year” awards for her book, The Well Women, has done it again. Her sequel, Bus to Corinth, has hit the road! Five of the original “Well Women” journey through Greece to honor the memory of a friend and retrace the footsteps of Paul the Apostle during his ministry in Athens and Corinth. The idea was simple enough: see the sights, sample some great food, and kick back together. Suddenly, the Bus takes unexpected turns and negotiates sharp curves. Why is travel professional Ruth so reluctant to lead the group? What still haunts Alicia? Nurse Beth’s knees are healed but not her marriage. If modern Samaritan Najila manages her own business, why does she hesitate about a simple proposal. And how can Vicky, a church historian, create stellar guides to Paul’s Corinthian letters but not finish her own novel? As they study I and II Corinthians, the friends discover how the Apostle Paul loved and labored as God’s change agent for quarrelsome Judeans in Corinth. They realize they, too, are changed. Like Paul’s vision of Jesus, their experience explodes into their lives, empowering and transforming them forever.


The Pilgrim Messiah: A Novel Drawn from the Gospel of Mark


by Dr. Richard C. Cheatham


The author blends Biblical scholarship with his warm imagination to transform the Gospel of Mark into Jesus’ story. Christian creeds proclaim “Jesus Christ: Fully Human, Fully Divine,” but his humanity tends to be overlooked in actual practice. The readers of this novel will experience The Man of Galilee in all his rich humanity. They will see the tender parting with his family when he leaves for the Jordan River. They will hear his thoughts as he struggles with Satan in the wilderness. They will meet his followers, Simon Peter, James, John, Mary Magdala. Thomas and Judas – yes – even Judas as understandable, likeable people. The readers see his growth in the understanding of the peril and enormity of his messianic ministry. They will share his struggles and be with him on the cross. In short, the readers of this novel will never again think of Jesus as less than fully human.

Tattered and Mended; The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul
Cynthia Ruchti
Abingdon Press, 2015

In Tattered and Mended, author Cynthia Ruchti offers an invitation to think about soul-mending as a divine art form, like artisans who reclaim beauty from the broken, frayed and hopelessly shattered, to show us that God doesn’t just heal wounded souls, God heals artfully. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, she opens the door to a gallery of the
reclaimed and restored, reflecting on stories not unlike your own and helps you discover that even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

 Adventure of Ascent: Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey

February 3, 2014

by Luci Shaw

In this book, writer-poet Luci Shaw has given us a lifetime of exquisite reflections on nature, love, death, suffering, loss, faith, doubt, creativity, curiosity, lifelong learning―all of it drawn from the breadth of her own experience, harvested in penetrating and lyrical insights. Still active in her eighties, Luci now turns her attention to the season of edging toward the borders. Her spirit of adventure, her brave transparency, and her openness to all that life offers (as well as inflicts) makes her a captivating and hope-inspiring mentor. For most of us, growing older is a reality we put off as long as possible―until we realize with a shock that it is happening to us. We immediately look around to see how others on the path just ahead of us are dealing with it. So here is the intrepid Luci Shaw, taking readers on a virtual hike with her, with steps more deliberate and slow but also with surprising vistas that fill us with gratitude. In this book Luci serves as a fearless and eloquent scout. As she traverses new territory, she records her experiences lovingly, honestly, sorrowfully, joyfully―here’s what it’s like, and here’s what to be ready for. These field notes will inform your own journey, no matter what your age.