Opportunities to Affect Reading Guides
Each month the Opportunities to Affect in fellowship! magazine suggests a book related to a missional formation topic. Reading group study guides are available each month to help lead group discussions about the book and its relationship to the missional topic of the month.
Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
Angel Tungaraza’s kitchen is an oasis in the heart of Rwanda, where visitors stop to order cakes but end up sharing their stories and lives. In this powerful setting, a chain of events unfolds that will change Angel’s life and the lives of those around her in the most astonishing ways.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
(Science Fiction) Peter is called to the mission of a lifetime, galaxies away, to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for teachings from the Bible, their “book of strange new things.”
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest to understand Church and to find her place takes readers through a liturgical year with stories that are funny, heartbreaking and sharply honest.
Reading Guide available for download on September 1.
My Spirit Took You In by Louise Troh
Louise Troh—fiancée of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man ever to die of Ebola in America—breaks her silence about her experience in this deeply moving memoir chronicling the decade-long love story that starts in Liberia and ends in an isolation ward in Dallas, Texas.
Reading Guide available for download on October 1.
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
Spare and unsparing, this short novel — the first by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape and misshape the life of the adult. At the center is a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose blue-black skin caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love.
Reading Guide available for download on November 1.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.
Reading Guide available for download on December 1.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This Pulitzer Prize winner revolves around a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Reading Guide available for download on January 1.
The Pause by John Larkin
(Young Adult) Declan seems to have it all, but there’s a hidden pain in his past that simply won’t go away. So he makes the only decision he thinks he has left: the decision to end it all. Or does he?
Reading Guide available for download on February 1.
Maggie Lee for Good by Jinny and John Henson
On July 12, 2009, a bus carrying a church youth overturned, injuring most of the twenty-three passengers. Maggie Lee Henson, age twelve, died three weeks later. Maggie Lee for Good is one part worst-case scenario and three parts God’s creative redemption.
Reading Guide available for download on March 1.
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.
Reading Guide available for download on April 1.