Book Club

After finishing Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson all of us Missions’ folks were moved enough to start exploring how we can put our money (and time) where our hearts are — namely, we are looking to learn more about  prison ministry and the stories that would inform our outreach. To get us going in the right direction we will be reading:  Couldn’t Keep It to Myself:  Wally Lamb and the women or York Correctional Institution (Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters).

For several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. In this unforgettable collection, the women of York describe in their own words how they were imprisoned by abuse, rejection, and their own self-destructive impulses long before they entered the criminal justice system. Yet these are powerful stories of hope and healing, told by writers who have left victimhood behind.

In his moving introduction, Lamb describes the incredible journey of expression and self-awareness the women took through their writing and shares how they challenged him as a teacher and as a fellow author. Couldn’t Keep It to Myself is a true testament to the process of finding oneself and working toward a better day.

We will meet to discuss this book on Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 in Fellowship Hall.

For more information contact: Kate Summerlin at