book club
Meets monthly on the 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. @ Our Savior’s. Coordinated by Deb Nollen, Service Coordinator,
262-367-6000 X19
If you have never suggested a book because you were uncertain about leading the discussion, have no fear. Books you enjoy are so fun to talk about they practically lead themselves and readers love to talk about books they have read…so others will definitely add conversation, thoughts and questions. This is not a closed group, invite others…friends, family, neighbors all who enjoy reading are encouraged.
For December we’ll meet to celebrate the birth of our Savior, a year of great reading and friendship!  Plan ahead to join us for any specific discussion through May! See all the books and information below.

December 19th at 7 pm *this is the 3rd Monday night due to Christmas dates.

A special Christmas inspired evening including Linda Westlie reading to us the story of The Velveteen Rabbit.  Wear your comfy clothes, BYO favorite beverage and those who wish may bring sweets or treats to share.
Book Club 2016


January 23rd at 7 pm

Discussion Leader, Teri Bergendahl

This book is not currently available at any of the local Café libraries (Waukesha/Jefferson counties). However; I have requested that the Hartland library purchase the book. The Hartland library was able to borrow a copy from another Wisconsin library for the standard three weeks with no renewal. They were surprised no one in the local system had it yet. It has received 5 stars for the library book reviews! If you have a connection at another library, encourage them to order it also. The books are available on Amazon from $9-$20.

Daughter of the Reformation: A Historical Perspective of the Life and Times of The Wife of Martin Luther

Author: Mary Helene Rasmussen Jackson

Many books have been written about the great Reformer Martin Luther, but we know considerably less about his wife Catharina von Bora, the primary relationship in his life. Mary Rasmussen Jackson tells Catharina’s dramatic story with authenticity and compassion, deftly reporting what we know about von Bora and filling in the missing content with imagination, clarity, and compelling dialog. The reader is invited to walk beside Catharina, listen to her thoughts, and feel her emotions as she enters and eventually flees from the Nimschen Convent, meets and marries Martin Luther, and brings stability and grace to the Luther household even as the Reformation storm rages around them. The author writes with an intelligible style that is sometimes descriptive and other times evocative. She brings to the project the authenticity of one who grew up in a parsonage and experienced firsthand the rhythms of the parish that shape the flow of family life and relationships. For all of these reasons, this book will be helpful in deepening our understanding of the role of Catharina von Bora, “the Morningstar of Wittenberg,” in the momentous life of her beloved Martin and the history shaping events of the Reformation.

February 27th at 7 pm

Discussion Leader, Linda Arshem

Ordinary Grace

Author: William Kent Krueger

That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace

is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

March 27th at 7 pm

Discussion Leader, Krista Kile

West with the Night

Author: Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham’s West with the Night is a true classic, a book that deserves the same acclaim and readership as the work of her contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Isak Dinesen. If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew up with a zebra for a pet; horses for friends; baboons, lions, and gazelles for neighbors. She made money by scouting elephants from a tiny plane. And she would spend most of the rest of her life in East Africa as an adventurer, a racehorse trainer, and an aviatrix―she became the first person to fly nonstop from Europe to America, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic. Hers was indisputably a life full of adventure and beauty.
And then there is the writing. When Hemingway read Markham’s book, he wrote to his editor, Maxwell Perkins: “She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer . . . [She] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers . . . It is really a bloody wonderful book.”
With a new introduction by Sara Wheeler―one of Markham’s few legitimate literary heirs―West with the Night
should once again take its place as one of the world’s great adventure stories.



April 24th at 7 pm

Discussion Leader, Sandy Anderson

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Author:  Susannah Cahalan (


An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that . . . could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.



May 22nd at 7 pm

Discussion Leader, Kay Kleifgen

A Gentleman in Moscow

Author: Amor Towles

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel 

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

“And the intrigue! … [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery… a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” –The San Francisco Chronicle