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The BEST 10th Episode Ever : "The Dearly Beloved" by Cara Wall



Hey BBCE friends!!


This is our second week discussing the book "The Dearly Beloved" by Cara Wall. Last week felt super serious, right? So this week we lightened the mood a little and each told some stories about funny things that happened to us relating to our childhoods and church. Well...some of us had stories from adulthood, too. ;-) I also loved how, for some of our group, our discussion of the book effectuated a greater appreciation for it. Wow! Isn't that what a book club should be all about?!

This book got FOUR THUMBS UP!!


*Grading Scale

A - All Good

B - Better than most

C - Could have been better

D - Disappointing

F - Failure on all levels


Ratings for this book

Sarah - A

Holly - C+ (although that is technically not allowed...Holly just does what she wants)

Mandy - Originally C but changed to B

Katie - A

Ideas for hosting a book club for The Dearly Beloved


Location - A church! Or a community center. Or someone’s house — you could call it the manse ;)

Activity - Organize a fundraiser for autism or attend an event for autism, research/support autism awareness

Décor - flowers, candles, stained glass

Attire - 1960s style of dress

Favor - share a favorite prayer or verse or hymn or poem … anything about what you believe … typed or hand-lettered on beautiful paper and framed

Food - An old fashioned church potluck

Music - Music from the 1960s or since Lily was a trained musician and helped with the children’s choir you could listen to a famous choir like the Vienna Boys Choir or the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Favorite quotes from the book


“A dangerous weakness, this desire for Lily to find happiness in the way he found happiness. If he did not want to lose her, he’d have to learn to let her be.” Charles


“Something a minister should never do to his congregation : make them feel ashamed” Nan


"God existed. God was real. He could not explain this new conclusion, except to say when he put it away, it was agony, and when he brought it out, it was the deepest, most beautiful relief he had ever known." Charles


“I believe in the urge to be good, to stay good, to do good in the world. But I don’t think God exists in the way people would like to believe; I don’t think God saves the day. I think it’s up to us. We know the rules, and we’re the ones who have to play the game.” James

Show Notes


The Enneagram

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