Friends! You and your friends are all invited to come hear a wildly entertaining discussion of a Sci-Fi novel that’s quite the page-turner. You’re about to be blessed by my friend, Nancy Tinnell, as she’s written a great teaser for you to get y’all to come Book Club!
Please enjoy Nancy’s write-up:
Are you a fan of futuristic fiction, books like The Hunger Games, e.g.? My experience with it has been less than minimal. I read 1984 by George Orwell when I was in high school. That’s the extent of it!
Our March selection for Branches Book Club may be the first futuristic fiction selection ever to appear on our reading list. In The Choosing (book one of the Seer series), Rachelle Dekker has created a story that keeps us anxious for what we know to be good and true to prevail over what is not just bad, but evil.
It is the year 2257 in America, which has fostered a dystopian (think utopia in the polar opposite direction) society based in Washington, D.C. Everyone is organized and ruled by the Authority, leaders who are supposed to be wise advisors and keepers of order and lawfulness. If you are familiar with the Lord Acton quote, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” you will be able to understand how one of the members of the Authority descended into a madness that made him dangerous to those closest to him and to their society.
The Authority studies and follows the teachings of the Veritas (truth). They frequently quote sentences that remind us of familiar Scriptural teachings but leave us feeling a little nervous. Here is an example:
Veritas: “Let every citizen be subject to the Authority. For there is no true authority except from God, and those who have been appointed have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the Authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”
The Authority interprets the Veritas for their own benefit. In Dekker’s novel, the citizens who detect corruption in the Authority have no voice, no choice, and no free will. They are ignorant of the word grace, having never experienced it. When a leader “goes rogue,” it creates a tension in us as we read and makes us desperately hope for rescue for our main characters, who are innocents trapped in this unforgiving society.
We invite you to join us at Branches Book Club on Monday, March 26th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. for what promises to be a lively discussion of The Choosing. Remember we’re under construction. To find us, enter the front glass doors to the church and take the rear sanctuary stairs to the lower level meeting rooms.
Thank you for the write-up Nancy!
We hope to see y’all Monday night! Please RSVP to Nancy by calling (502) 245-8839.
’Til next time!