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Brother-to-brother fellowship

Fox Run starts men’s book club

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June 14th, 2018
Fox Run Pastoral Ministries Coordinator Dominic Francese (left) and resident Jim Harnden (right) are part of a men’s book club that reads biographies of men who have had a major impact on the world.

Fox Run Pastoral Ministries Coordinator Dominic Francese (left) and resident Jim Harnden (right) are part of a men’s book club that reads biographies of men who have had a major impact on the world.

For many years, women have been forming book clubs to discuss their favorite novels and memoirs over coffee and cookies or wine and cheese. At Fox Run, the Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich., there are a few book clubs with primarily female members. But now, men at the community have a book club of their own. 

Fox Run Pastoral Ministries Coordinator Dominic Francese started the men’s book club earlier this year. The men’s book club reads biographies of men who have had a major impact on the world. As such, the group has been named “Movers and Shakers.”

Implied promise

“Built into the concept is an implied ‘promise’ of brother-to-brother fellowship,” says Francese.

About seven or eight men attend the monthly meetings and Francese says the feedback has been very positive.

So far, they’ve read biographies of George Washington, Harry Truman, and Neil Armstrong. In the spring, the group was reading Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Middle East.

“It’s fascinating and something I’ve been meaning to read for years,” book club member Jim Harnden says of Lawrence in Arabia.

Library partnership

The men’s book club has a partnership with the Novi Public Library, which provides enough copies of the books for all members to read each month. Francese helps to facilitate the book discussion at the meetings.

“He’s well acquainted with each book we’ve read,” Jim says. “He makes the group flow very nicely and effectively.”

This is the first time Jim has been a part of a book club. He enjoys learning more about important historical figures as well as getting to know the other men in the club.

“We all contribute personal experiences, things we remember about the person or the time,” Jim says. “I think there are a couple of pretty good historians in the group. I’ve found it enjoyable, and I would recommend it to other folks.”

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