The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's
Fill your summer book list with selections from our bookshop!
For many of us, summer is an ideal season to spend time with a book (or more than one), whether because the pace of life slows a bit, or because we take time to sit by the lake or the ocean to read, or simply because it’s too hot to do much else. Here are some book recommendations for your consideration. All are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen’s.
The Road to Character by David Brooks
Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere, Pico Iyer
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Why Meditate? Working with Thoughts and Emotions by Mathieu Ricard
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
If you follow Rachel Held Evans—or various Episcopal movers and shakers—on Twitter, you’ve likely seen not just the title of this book, but photos of its pages focusing on passages that readers have found particularly moving. The Washington Post called Evans, a young evangelical whose previous book was A Year of Biblical Womanhood, the most polarizing woman in evangelicalism. Read about her journey to the Episcopal Church for yourself.
Tinkers by Paul Harding
Tinkers is about the legacy of consciousness and the porousness of identity from one generation the next. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, it is a meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature as the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather unfold. This debut novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
About the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's
Have you visited our Bookshop lately? Located right in St. Stephen's parish office, this store is a natural outgrowth of growing demand by our parishioners and visitors. Originally stocking works by visiting authors, we are continually expanding our selection and now offer books recommended by clergy and staff, Advent, Lenten, and Easter selections, and books for various groups and classes. We have flourishing poetry and fiction sections as well. In addition to books, the store offers St. Stephen’s Blend coffee, olive oil from the Middle East, icons, greeting cards and prayer beads. Staff members in the office can help you with your purchases during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but the shop is open anytime the church is open. A selection of items from the bookshop is also available in the Large Fellowship Hall on Sundays.
Two St. Stephen's CD's are available in the bookshop, both for $15 per copy (or buy a set for $25). "An Unexpected Christmas" is the 2010 release by the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernandez. "Sanctuary" is the 2012 CD by St. Stephen's Compline choir; read more here.
For more information about the bookshop, call Gene LeCouteur at 804.288.2867.
Books used in the Inquirers Class
Gary Jones recommends several books each time he teaches an Inquirers Class for those who are new to the Episcopal Church, or those who are interested in learning more about it. These include:
Those Episkopols by Dennis Maynard
The Episcopal Handbook
A People Called Episcopalians: A Brief Introduction to Our Peculiar Way of Life by the Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff
A Dictionary for Episcopalians by John N. Wall
Praying Our Days: A Guide and Companion by Frank Griswold
This is just a partial list of what's available in the bookshop! We're open year-round, whenever the church is open.