St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Monday, November 24, 2014
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What we're reading

Coming to St. Stephen's: Kathleen Dowling Singh (January 24, 2015)
Join others at St. Stephen's in reading Kathleen Singh's book, The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older. Kathleen Singh will be conducting a workshop at St. Stephen's in January 2015 intended for those who have ever had spiritual aspirations: to inspire, encourage and offer practical suggestions as to how we might ripen spiritually while living our aging years. For more information and to register, click here
Anne LeClaire's book, Listening Below the Noise, continues to be a popular favorite following her workshop at St. Stephen's in October. This book tells LeClaire's story of taking on a practice of silence one day a week, how it changed her life, and how it might positively impact yours. 
Many at St. Stephen's are also enjoying Learning to Walk in the Dark, the newest book by Barbara Brown Taylor, who recently visited St. Stephen's. TIME magazine has named Barbara Brown Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and featured Learning to Walk in the Dark on a recent cover.
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 Martha-Lynn Corner at 804.288.2867.

Bookshop Blog
What's new in the Bookshop? What was that book Gary mentioned in Sunday Forum? What to read next? Check out our Bookshop Blog for the answers to these questions, and more. The web address is, or you can access it by clicking here. 

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
With humor and insight, Dennis Maynard explains why the Episcopal Church, deeply rooted in scripture, tradition and reason, will not accept simplistic answers to complex questions.

The Episcopal Handbook
Morehouse Publishing
A guide to Episcopal Church culture, with a glossary of Episcopal worship terms, diagrams, illustrations and more

A People Called Episcopalians: A Brief Introduction to Our Peculiar Way of Life by the Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff
A series of essays on what it means to be an Episcopalian: Anglican Identity, Anglican Authority, Anglican Spirituality, Anglican Temperament, and Anglican Polity. Includes a glossary.

A Dictionary for Episcopalians by John N. Wall 
From “Abbey” to “Year, Church” (there are no z’s!)

Praying Our Days: A Guide and Companion by Frank Griswold
This book is the first new devotional resource of its kind for Episcopalians in more than two generations. It includes devotions to mark the rhythm of the day (brief prayers at fixed hours); the mystery of time and the rhythm of the week, the months, and the Christian year; self-examination and preparation for reconciliation and the Eucharist; intercessory prayers; devotions to the Mother of Jesus; praying with the saints; plus praying with icons. Each section of the book will open with a brief introduction and teaching by Bishop Griswold [former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church], guiding the reader in the effective use of the material.

This is just a partial list of what's available in the bookshop! We're open year-round, whenever the church is open.