Enjoy reading books and discussing them with other women? Join NEWIM's Online Book Club. We read a book every 3 months, and then use video conferencing (ZOOM) to discuss the book online. You can join in via telephone, computer, smart phone, ipad from just about anywhere in the world. And if there are others in your area, you might choose to get together in-person to discuss the book. Join us!
NEWIM's Next Online Book discussion
Sunday, June 2, 4-5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
The book we are going to read for June is under discussion.
If you have questions or would like more information about the group, send a note to: LuannBudd@newim.org
Possible Future books for us to Read
About the Author
Carol A. Berry is an artist, art educator, and lecturer at the Vermont Humanities Council, and the author of Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art in the Modern Spiritual Masters series.
Carol Berry and her husband met and befriended Henri Nouwen when she sat in his course on compassion at Yale Divinity School in the 1970s. At the request of Henri Nouwen's literary estate, she has written this book, which includes unpublished material recorded from Nouwen's lectures. Berry has been studying Vincent van Gogh since 1979, and spent years under the instruction of Henri J.M. Nouwen. She has traveled throughout Europe retracing van Gogh's life, visiting the towns and villages in The Netherlands, Belgium, and France, where van Gogh lived and worked. She has an MA in art education from California State University.
Online Book Discussion
Email LuannBudd@newim.org for more information about how to join
the online conversation from wherever you are in the world.
What Women Said about the Club and the Book
Barefoot is my favorite book in the series, so far. I was moved to tears and engaged from cover to cover, surprised by the unfolding of events and how deeply it touched me. I am coming to really like these women and their non-cliche approach to walking with God. I feel that I understand them. I appreciated the reminder to treasure every minute. Life is fragile. I love the way the characters demonstrate grace in response to others who have failed them and how they choose to seek forgiveness...I'm learning from them and catching a glimpse of the joy that comes when we truly surrender to the Lord. I also love seeing how these women integrate Christian spiritual practices into their lives.
-Luann Budd, Northern California
"First of all, I doubt I would have heard of this book without being involved with NEWIM. I am so thankful that they have organized this book club as I love reading. This first book was amazing - for me personally but also it offers some spiritual disciplines that I will use in mentoring women here in Indonesia. The book club discussion really helped me see even more insights as other ladies shared their response to certain characters and situations. I have read the book twice as a result and I do not want to give away (I may need to buy multiple copies so I can though!) as it will be something I will refer to again and again. What a reminder that we are all on this life journey of faith together and we are better together! This book club is a way to keep us connected in more ways throughout the year for growth, encouragement, and edification."
-Cathleen, Missionary in Indonesia
"Thank you for putting the book club together! I really enjoyed it. It was nice to be able to see and hear peoples impression of the book and the characters in the story.
I found “Sensible Shoes” very thought provoking. It made me want to get to know the women more, to relate to them and to sympathize with what they were experiencing. It brought forward all sorts of emotions. It was interesting to see how we all related to different women in the story and to the different spiritual exercises…some which were a first for me! I loved the idea of walking a labyrinth and hope you can incorporate that into one of the Springs retreats."
-Sheila, Southern California