Our book club met for the first time on Friday night. If you have never been part of a book club, you should quit reading this right now and either go find one or organize one! I loved it. I mean, we still sat around and talked about our kids and our husbands and getting our lives done, but we did it in a much smarter and more bookish way!

Our first book, read and discussed, was One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I so loved this book. It was not an easy read, but definitely worth the effort. Ann has a poetic, lyrical style. She combines vignettes from her life with an introspective account of her journey from fear and unhappiness to gratitude and grace. It is a beautiful, life-changing book. I recommend it.

And the book club evening itself? Oh my goodness! Paninis, salad, lime cake, cupcakes, chocolates! The feast we consumed was complemented by the rich feast of ideas shared. I am amazed and humbled, yet again, by the incredible women in my life. Smart, thoughtful, well-spoken, caring, discerning … it was a true joy to sit around the table and talk about this book and the ways it had impacted each of us.

The next book we will be reading is The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick. This historical fiction book is about a young woman and her mother who walk 7,000 miles in an effort to win $10,000 to save the family farm. The walk is sponsored by the fashion industry, and the women walk in the scandalous “short” dresses (above the ankle!) that the industry is promoting. Of course, as in any great story, there is more to the journey than the journey. Doesn’t it sound great! I can’t wait to hear what the other women have to say about it at our next gathering.