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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



Programme - Autumn 2021

Read the book in advance if you can but if you haven’t had the opportunity please do still join us to hear what other people felt about it.

Tuesday 21 September

Introduced by Christine and Richard Brett

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Tuesday 19 October

Introduced by George Bailey

How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season

by Susan Beaumont (2019)

Tuesday 16 November

Introduced by

Tuesday 21 December

Introduced by

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

Letters to a Young Muslim

by Omar Saif Ghobash

Waiting for the Last Bus:

Reflections on Life and Death

by Richard Holloway

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

By John McNeill


by Paula Gooder

God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time

by Desmond Tutu

From Now On: A Lent Course on Hope and Redemption in The Greatest Showman

By Rachel Mann

Pilgrimage. A Spiritual and Cultural Journey

By Ian Bradley

God Can’t: How to believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse and Other Evils

By Thomas Jay Oord

Holy Habits

By Andrew Roberts


By Sarah Perry

The Beauty and the Horror

By Richard Harries

The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects

By Rebecca Adams

The Calling of the Cuckoo

By David Jenkins

Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition

By Christine D. Pohl

The five people you meet in heaven

By Mitch Albom

Healing Agony; Re-Imagining Forgiveness

By Stephen Cherry


By Robert Harris

Saying Yes to Life

by Ruth Valerio

Covenant and Calling: Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Relationships

By Robert Song

The Practice of the Presence of God

By Brother Lawrence

A reflection on love and healing in this time of coronavirus

by Sue Richardson

The Theology of Pandemics

by Sam Ben-Meir

Judas in Jerusalem

By Joseph Lewis Hall (2018)

A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God

By Samuel Wells

The Fifth Mountain

by Paul Coelho

Dear Paul

by Bridget Plass

Like there is not tomorrow

by Frances Ward