HCC Fall 2021 Book Clubs

We’re glad that you’re interested in a book club hosted by Houston Chinese Church. Our Fall 2021 book clubs will run from September through November. Each session will last approximately an hour. The following clubs will be running this fall:

1. Gentle and Lowly (Sundays)
2. Gentle and Lowly (Mondays)
3. When I Don’t Desire God (Tuesdays)
4. Doing Life With Your Adult Children (Wednesdays)

See below for descriptions of the book clubs and their schedules.
Gentle and Lowly - Sundays (Dane Ortland)
This book club will read and discuss Gentle and Lowly written by Dane Ortlund. Many believers learn what they should think about Jesus, but many do not learn what Jesus thinks about them. Ortlund will walk us through various passages to discover the heart of Jesus and his heart for his people. Copies of the book will be given away at our HCC bookstand after service. You can pick up a copy there. We’ll meet every week on Sunday from 8:00-9:00pm starting on 9/12.

Facilitators: Minister Henry, Jessica Chen, Lon Kai Peng

Chapters and Discussion Dates:
Chapters 1-2 (9/12)
Chapters 3-5 (9/19)
Chapters 6-7 (9/26)
Chapters 8-9 (10/3)
Chapters 10-12 (10/10)
Chapters 13-14 (10/24)
Chapters 15-16 (11/7)
Chapters 17-18 (11/14)
Chapters 22-23 (11/21)
Gentle and Lowly - Mondays (Dane Ortland)
This book club will read and discuss Gentle and Lowly written by Dane Ortlund. Many believers learn what they should think about Jesus, but many do not learn what Jesus thinks about them. Ortlund will walk us through various passages to discover the heart of Jesus and his heart for his people. Copies of the book will be given away at our HCC bookstand after service. You can pick up a copy there. We’ll meet every week on Mondays from 8:30-9:30pm starting on 9/13.

Facilitators: Steven Cheng, John Hsieh, Dan Tung

Chapters and Discussion Dates:
Chapters 1-2 (9/13)
Chapters 3-5 (9/20)
Chapters 6-7 (9/27)
Chapters 8-9 (10/4)
Chapters 10-12 (10/11)
Chapters 13-14 (10/18)
Chapters 15-16 (10/25)
Chapters 17-18 (11/1)
Chapters 22-23 (11/8)
When I Don’t Desire God (John Piper)
John Piper’s book Desiring God persuasively argued that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” But many people, after being persuaded, find that truth to be both liberating and devastating. It’s liberating to discover that God is for your joy. He wants you to be content in him. But it’s devastating to realize how far we fall short from a regular experience of joyful satisfaction in the Lord. So what do I do when I don’t desire God as I should? That is why Piper wrote this book and the question we hope to explore in our book club. The book can be found on Amazon (ISBN 1433543176). We will meet weekly on Tuesday nights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

Facilitators: Akhil Shenoy and Jason Tarn

Chapter and Discussion Date:
Chapters 1-2: Why I Wrote This Book & Difference Between Desire and Delight (9/14)
Chapter 3: The Call to Fight for Joy in God (9/21)
Chapter 4: Joy in God is a Gift of God (9/28)
Chapter 5: The Fight for Joy is a Fight to See (10/5)
Chapter 6: Fighting for Joy Like a Justified Sinner (10/12)
Chapters 7-8: The Worth of God’s Word in the Fight for Joy & How to Wield the Word in the Fight for Joy (10/19)
Chapters 9-10: The Focus of Prayer in the Fight for Joy & The Practice of Prayer in the Fight for Joy (10/26)
Chapter 11: How to Wield the World in the Fight for Joy (11/2)
Chapter 12: When the Darkness Does Not Lift (11/9)
Doing Life With Your Adult Children (Jim Burns)
In this book, parenting expert Jim Burns helps you navigate the toughest and the most rewarding parts of parenting your grown kids. He offers practical answers to questions such as these:
• Is it okay to give advice to my grown child?
• What’s the difference between helping financially and enabling?
• What boundaries should I set if my child moves back home?
• How do I relate to my grown child’s significant other?
• How can I support my grown children when I don’t support their values?
This book will also provide positive principles for bringing kids back to faith, ideas on how to leave a legacy as a grandparent, and encouragement for every season (ISBN 0310353777). We will meet on Wednesday nights for nine consecutive weeks beginning on 9/8 from 8:30-9:30p.m.

Facilitators: Fred Tow and Peter Khoo

Chapters and Discussion Dates:
Chapter 1: You’re Fired! (9/8)
Chapter 2: Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out (9/15)
Chapter 3: Why Is It Taking My Kid So Long to Grow Up? (9/22)
Chapter 4: How to Raise an Entitled Adult Child… or Not… (9/29)
Chapter 5: A Failure to Launch (10/6)
Chapter 6: When Your Grown Child Violates Your Values (10/13)
Chapter 7: The High Cost of Money (10/20)
Chapter 8: In-Laws, Stepfamilies, and the Blend (10/27)
Chapter 9: It’s Party Time with the Grandkids (11/3)
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