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Book Club

Oakwood Book Club is for those who  are interested in books, theology, faith, talking!

Working with LCI, the Leeds Church Institute, we’re bringing opportunities to discuss books relating to specific issues, or of particular personal interest


What happens... someone is passionate about a book; we hear from that individual about the book and conversation flows. Some have read the book and contribute, others engage with the ideas, others are inspired to go away and read it

We usually meet from 19.30 to 21.00 in the Sanctuary at Oakwood Church on one Tuesday of each month but please check the Calendar before travelling

Do you have a book that has made a difference to your faith - one that you would like to share?

If so please


Note There is usually a copy of each book to be discussed (and those previously discussed) available to borrow from the book shelves at the back of the Sanctuary… but you don’t have to read the book before coming along to a meeting


Kathryn Fitzsimons


0113 225 6702



Autumn Programme

Tuesday 18 September - 19.30

Letters to a Young Muslim

by Omar Saif Ghobash

discussion led by Dr Helen Reid

In a series of personal letters to his sons, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly readable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father.

Tuesday 16 October - 19.30

Waiting for the Last Bus:

Reflections on Life and Death

by Richard Holloway

discussion led by members of the group

Where do we go when we die? Or is there nowhere to go? Is death something we can do or is it just something that happens to us?

Tuesday 19 June - 19.30

Children before God: Biblical Themes in the Works of John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards

By John McNeill

discussion led by Rev George Bailey

John McNeill is a former Minister of

Roundhay Methodist Church. He is now a  Superintendent Methodist Minister based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

"Every adult was once a child. The lack of attention to childhood by Christian theology is, therefore, at the least a missed opportunity.

In Children before God John McNeill uses the Bible to shed light on the way children have been represented, and often misrepresented, in one strand of Christian tradition.

The result is an original and ultimately beautiful reappraisal not only of children in the order of salvation, but of the abiding significance of childhood to adult Christians.

McNeill's writing is resourced by an astonishingly deep engagement with Calvin and with Edwards that will also contribute to a more appreciative appraisal of their legacy."

Stephen Plant, University of Cambridge

Books previously read / discussed include


by Paula Gooder

Arthur’s Call

by Frances Young


by Krish Khandia

Quantum Theology

by Diarmuid O’Murchu

Should we live forever?

by Gilbert Meilaender

Primal Vision

by John V. Taylor

Jesus for President Politics for Ordinary Radicals

by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw

Children in the Bible: A fresh approach

by Anne Richards

Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus

by Robin R. Myers

Biblical Authority After Babel

by Kevin J Vanhoozer

How Then Shall We Live

by Samuel Wells

Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving

in a Culture Stripped of Grace

by Miroslav Volf

Demetia: Living in the Memories of God

by John Swinton

Who Chose the Gospels?

Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy

by Charles E Hill

The Heart’s Time:

A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter

by Janet Morley

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

PRAYER:Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

by Timothy J. Keller

Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain:

Hope for a Planet in Peril

by Benigno Beltran