Fostering love of good reading in the children & adults (& college students!) of Gracepoint Berkeley Church and Davis, Austin, Minneapolis, San Diego, Riverside, Hsinchu, Los Angeles, Irvine, Santa Barbara, Seattle!
Category: Reading Snapshots
Photos of bookish sightings, including people “caught” reading in the wild. :)
While there are so many good books out there, you and I know that the best book is the Good Book. Today I want to highlight a couple of books that get young and old alike into the Bible.
I’ve already featured a post on The Jesus Storybook Bible. It may look like just another picture book, but it is much more than that, and I’ve heard more than a few times that the adult reader was moved to tears while reading it aloud to a youngster. We currently carry it in the bookstore, and also have a Spanish-English bilingual version as well.
The Action Bible is a graphic novel that captures the overall narrative of the Bible in chronological order. And lest you think it is just a “guy book,” the girls of Bibliopolis are often crowded around the book reading it together, and fighting to get in line to check it out.
Just yesterday I had a pretty involved discussion with the 1st-2nd grade girls about why Pilate would have given Jesus over to be crucified if he knew Jesus was innocent. They had logical and insightful questions, and we were able to make connections to how we choose to do wrong when we are so afraid of getting into trouble.
There were some funny moments too. A couple of memorable lines from our discussion:
“Why was Pilate afraid of losing his job and getting into trouble? He could just lose his job and be a regular person.”
“Pilate should have listened to Jesus. And to his wife!”
I always have these two books out on the ottoman in the middle of our reading area, and without fail, whether 1st graders or 8th graders, someone will pick one up and read from it during part of our time together.
They’re great ways to get the kids and adults in your life interested in the Bible, and hooked into God’s story.
Do you have any interesting stories or experiences with reading or sharing The Jesus Storybook Bible or The Action Bible with someone?
Having a gathering of friends, family, coworkers, and you want to feature some books as gifts? You can make your own book table. A few weeks ago, the Klesis Berkeley upperclassmen hosted a retreat for some of their friends, and they designed a great space using a pallet, some lights, and…a table! The theme of the retreat was about “home” and so they used the pallet for an interactive element.
Simple yet awesome looking book table.
Some Klesis upperclassmen who helped set it all up.
Hope these pictures give you a bit of inspiration for any holiday gatherings you might be having. If you have any pictures to share, send them my way!
The other day, while Elisa from Gracepoint Berkeley church was waiting in the car to pick up her older sisters from school, she was spotted doing some light reading in the car.
What with Sammy and Elisa both reading We Would See Jesus, I think it is definitely a sign that you should read it if you haven’t already! Notice The Case for Christmas is also next to her. What were you reading when you were 4-years old? 🙂
It’s been a six-month hiatus, and these photos might be a bit dated, but we’re back with the latest episode of “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables.” Today we travel south to Gracepoint Irvine church, where Cindy and some students designed their portable book table with the crate motif.
They put me to shame, and definitely win for the most number of artistic elements incorporated into one book table! I look forward to how they will continue to expand and improve. Zot! Zot! Zot!
Over at Gracepoint Berkeley church, when I meet new college students, they often say, “Oh, you’re the bookstore lady” or the “Bibliopolis lady.” To which I say, yup, because I am. 🙂 For those of you who joined our previous episode of “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables,” you know that some of our churches have book store guys. Today, we journey down the Pacific Coast Highway to lovely Gracepoint Santa Barbara church, whose book table guy this past year has a very Bibliopolis-worthy name.
Join us for our next episode of Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables!
There’s a certain fellowship amongst the book table folks across our Gracepoint Ministries, as we share ideas about how to promote reading in our respective churches. And while I don’t have my Mary Poppins umbrella or magic carpet bag yet, it’s been awesome to visit Sunday Worship Services and see the reading revolution in action!
So we got a glimpse of the book table goings on at a couple of our church plants. You can always send me photos of your church’s book table. Join me next time as we continue our virtual tour on “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables*.”
*In case you’re wondering, “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables” is just a so-obscure-it’s-non-existent allusion to “Journey to China,” a public television language & travel show my dad used to watch when I was growing up.
Hello everyone! It’s been pushing three months since my last post, but I have returned to share some exciting goings on with regards to the reading revolution throughout Gracepoint Berkeley church as well as our church plants.
I’m going to ease back into posting with a heartwarming little story. Vanessa from acts2fellowship in Berkeley told me that one day, while her older daughter Gabby was sitting near her bookshelves, she asked, “Mommy, is this our Bibliopolis?” That was so awesome to hear, so here is a picture of the girls showing off their own reading space at home!
I know many of you have made little reading spaces in your homes, so feel free to share those photos and any stories with me, and we can encourage one another to keep up the reading (especially with summer fast approaching)!