Sunday, December 12, 2010

Public Service Announcement

 My dear friend and kindred spirit Theresa visited me on Wednesday for Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. After Mass, she, Ginny and Shannon crowded into my little room for a long, feminine chat about faith and our dreams for the future. I told Theresa that I'm really interested in what it means to be a woman - the unique privileges and responsibilities of our divine feminine role - so I'm reading a bunch of books over Christmas vacation to study and learn more about it. Theresa loved that idea so much that she decided to join in too. Together we're reading A Severe Mercy, Privilege of Being A Woman, Captivating and Story of a Soul.

I had ordered these books before talking to Theresa, and since A Severe Mercy arrived over Thanksgiving, I've been slowly reading it over the past week as a study break. This morning I sat in bed for over an hour reading the penultimate chapters of A Severe Mercy... and weeping. It's a very sad book and very, very beautiful. I loved it so much that I wanted to tell all of you about it... and then I came up with my brilliant idea. This little book club/discussion group doesn't have to just be Theresa and me. I want to invite you all, everyone reading this blog, to join in our club. Buy one (or all) of these books over Christmas and read them with us. I'll post a review of each book as I finish it, and you can post your ideas about the book in the comments. When you and I meet in person (and I think I know almost everyone who reads this blog personally), we can talk about the books and what we learned from them.

Guys, girls, everyone's welcome. Please take part in Book Smart Girl's first-ever book club. This Christmas, read one or two of these books and then talk to me about what you thought of them. This should be really interesting and a lot of fun. If you're participating, please let me know in the comments. I can't wait to hear from you!


  1. I'm in! I've always wanted to read at least two of those: Captivating and the Privilege of Being a Woman.


  2. Yayyy Vanessa! I knew I could count on you. :) Captivating is one of my all-time favorite books and I'm so excited to re-read it. I recommend buying it - it's totally worth the cost. Looking forward to our book discussions!

  3. I am reading them all! It helps that I'll be able to steal them from you in person. ;-)

  4. I have Captivating on my shelf at home but have never gotten the chance to read it. I'd love to join you all in reading that!

  5. Ooh perfect! You are all making me so happy- I'm thrilled that so many people are participating and I can't wait to get started!!