Welcome, I’m glad that you’re checking this out to see if you’d like to join us on this journey. I hope you decide to do so!
Here are answers to some questions you may have:
What is this about?
It’s basically an online book club. We will be discussing the book Undone by Michele Cushatt. Please see my invitation post on how I came to chose this book and what I hope to accomplish through this book club. I will share a post every week, summarizing the chapter(s) for that week and sharing my thoughts on the content. The rest of you will have a chance to share your thoughts as well, either by commenting on the blog post (under comments) or by commenting on our closed Facebook group Smashing Sandcastle Discussions (please send a request to join the group).
Is it necessary that I purchase the book?
No, but strongly recommended. I will be posting a quick summary of the chapter(s) that we cover on my weekly blog post. You can choose to just follow my blog posts and participate in the online discussions. However, to get the most out of this group, I strongly recommend that you follow along with the book.
Where can I purchase the book?
When will this book club start and end?
My first entry to begin the discussions will be posted the week of September 20. We will cover 1-2 chapters a week. My goal is to finish by end of the year (probably mid-December).
Will this require a lot of time on my end?
No! The chapters are short, and we will cover only 1-2 chapters a week. It should only take a few minutes of your time a week to read the book. I will share just one blog post a week that covers the chapter(s). How much you decide to participate in the online discussion is entirely up to you. I sincerely hope that each of you will take the time to share your thoughts, but you are not expected to do so every week.
Is this group opened to anyone?
Yes! My hope is to create a safe place for all women to share their thoughts and feelings, especially regarding what God is teaching them about their own “undone” experience/process. Please, please, please invite other women you know to join who may be interested.
What if I am not a reader? Or, what if I’d like to read at a faster pace?
Again the chapters are short, and we will cover 1-2 chapters a week. It’s a light load for even a non-reader to take on. If you are a reader, please feel free to read ahead and still participate in the discussion for the chapter(s) that are assigned to a particular week.
Is it necessary that I share about my “undone” experience?
No. You can share as much or as little as you want of your personal life. I personally will not be sharing details of my “undone” experience, because I’m not ready to do so. My goal for this book club is that we would encourage one another on the journey of seeking God’s presence in midst of our struggles or just everyday life. I would like the focus of our discussions to be how to seek God in midst of our struggles, instead of focusing on the personal details of our struggles. I hope that makes sense? If you’re not sure what I mean by “undone” experience, you can read my invitation post. Or you will find out soon enough as you begin reading the book.
What if I am not going through an “undone” experience?
You’re still welcome to join! Perhaps God is preparing for future chapters in your life, or maybe He will use what you gain from this book to help others through their “undone” experience.
OK, so now, how do I join?
1. If you have Facebook account, join our closed Facebook group called Smashing Sandcastle Discussions. Once you are a member of the group, you will automatically receive a notification on your Facebook account when I share a new post.
2. You can subscribe to this blog. You can choose to subscribe to only the book club portion of the blog by going here and checking only the “book club” box.
How do I join the discussions?
First of all, I really hope you do! I don’t want this to just be about what I have to share. I so long to hear your thoughts as well! You can join the discussions by commenting on that particular week’s blog post (under comments) or by commenting on our closed Facebook group Smashing Sandcastle Discussions (please send a request to join the group). You can choose to post anonymously on this blog. For Facebook, it’s a closed group, so only the people in the group will be able to view your posts/comments.
Can I join after the book club has already started (after September 20)?
Yes. These are short chapters, so it shouldn’t take you long to catch up. Or you can just pick up from where we are at the time that you join.
Wait, we’re not done yet!
If you’re planning on joining us, please take a minute to introduce yourself (again, you can do so in the comment section of this post, or in our Facebook group). Share what you’d like to about yourself. Please include what your hope is for this group.
Thank you! I can’t wait to “meet” you and begin this journey together!
If you have additional questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.