Book Discussions


The JPW Library hosts two book groups, one weekly and one monthly. 

Awakening the Spirit Book Discussion
Mondays from noon – 1:30 p.m. from September-May 

Led by Minister of Spiritual Life Rev. Susan Izard. Copies are available in the JPW Library. Please bring your lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.

We are currently discussing Diana Butler Bass’s Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks.

Bass challenges readers to think about the impact gratitude has in our spiritual lives, and encourages them to make gratitude a ‘difficult and much-needed spiritual practice for our personal lives and to make a better world.’” Bass examines the social experience of gratitude, revealing how people and communities can practice it and thrive whether or not they are part of a traditional religious community.

Food for Thought Book Group
First Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. from October – May 

This group is led by John P. Webster Library Director Jennifer deSimas. Copies are available in the JPW Library. Please bring your dinner; beverages and dessert will be provided.

This month we are discussing America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.

“A richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources to tell the fascinating story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha ‘Patsy’ Jefferson Randolph. The novel explores family and social history, and brings to life the colorful cast of characters who conceived of our new nation. A must read” (

Now available in the JPW Library: the First Church Senior Resource Manual for seniors and their families provides information on care options, legal matters, illness, spirituality, local transportation options, and more.