Linda’s reading list – and other fun stuff

On Sunday June 16, Rev. Linda Hunter shared a reading list of books that will challenge your stereotypes. A few of you have asked for it, so here it is.

Plus we had wonderful music with our choir and Aura.



Have a look at the photos from the BBQ we had after the service!

We had a wonderful time after the service Sunday, with a church BBQ sponsored by the Soul Beat Children and Youth group. And Linda was breaking more stereotypes and serving us burgers too.

Thanks to Sue Forsyth for the BBQ photos. Hopefully no one had food in their teeth.

Linda’s List:

“The Inconvenient Indian:  A Curious Account of Native People in North America”  by Thomas King
Thomas King offers a critical and personal meditation that he has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.  A candid, illuminating book.

“The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell
It is a book about change that presents a new way of understanding why change often happens as quickly and unexpectedly as it does.

“The Myth of the Muslim Tide” by Doug Saunders
This book offers a brave challenge to the idea of an excessive Islamic threat to the West, debunking popular misconceptions about the effects of Islamic immigration to the West—specifically growth rates, beliefs that are seen to be a threat and activities of new Muslim immigrants.

“Their Jihad…Not My Jihad!  By Raheel Raza, a Muslim Canadian woman who has travelled North America sharing her all-inclusive understanding of Islam and to encourage interfaith dialogue.  She has an enormous interest in and compassion for people of all faiths and all walks of life, but she can also, with a few choice words, deflate the pompous and chastise the narrow-minded.

“The Mission” by Robert Bolt
A historical fictional novel chronicling the efforts of Christians to convert all of South America to Christianity, with cruel consequences for the native groups that were conquered.

“And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parness
An engaging children’s story about two male penquins, Roy and Silo, who hatch an egg at Central Park Zoo in New York and raise their beautiful baby chick named Tango and become a family, proving the old adage that it takes two to tango!

“Foolish Plans and Great Military Blunders” by Bill Fawcett
The annals of history are littered with horribly bad military leaders.  These combat incompetents found amazing ways to ensure the defeat of their armies.  And when all the bloodshed is over, the haunting question remains:  What was the point of these brutal wars?

“They’re Just Not That Into You”  The Church’s Search for Relevancy in the 21st Century” by Dr. Stephen Harper
In the 50’s and 60’s, 90% of Canadians found their way to a church, synagogue or cathedral on a Sunday morning.  Today, less that 25% do.  Why is there such a disconnect between the church and our culture?  Mr. Harper’s book seeks to answer that question and then provides some solutions that might just radically alter how we “do church” in the 21st Century.

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