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Summer Shorties: All Year Round

“Our imaginations are involved in every area of our lives, in everything we do or say or are. It is no wonder that God is so intent upon recapturing them.”

                                                                                               –Michael Card

We are affected by everything we read. Should we just read facts? Have you ever read something you knew to be fiction but it broadened how you saw a group of people or a situation? Did you ever read Uncle Tom’s Cabin? How about 1984? Have you spent time in any of C. S. Lewis’ fictional writing? Leland Rykland from Wheaton College states “fiction tells the truth in ways nonfiction never could, even as it delights your aesthetic sensibilities in the process”.

Scripture uses narrative extensively to help us more fully understand God’s revelation to us. 

The LTL offers  “Summer Shorties” all year round. A discussion group focused on a different short story each month. As a community we seek to listen intentionally, foster new ideas, fuel our imaginations and our faith, and hold tight to God’s promises. 

Come to just one night or come to all. Select evenings, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Location to be determined. Check back here for the room assignment. No registration required.

Winter 2023 – Spring 2024:

September 25 – All Summer One Day by Ray Bradford, link HERE

 October 23 – The Tell-Tale Heart  by Edgar Allen Poe, link HERE

November 27 – Rules of the Game by Amy Tan, link HERE

January 22 – Absit by Angelica Gorodischer, link HERE

February 26 – Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin, link HERE

March 25 –A Temporary Matter by Jhumpa Lahiri, link HERE

April 22 – The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells, link HERE


Winter 2022 – Spring 2023:

October 7 – The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs, link HERE

November 28 – One Good Story, That One by Thomas King, link HERE.

December 12 – The Christmas Pageant, excerpt from A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving, link HERE. 

January 9 – To Build a Fire by Jack London, link HERE. 

February 27 – A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li, link HERE.
March 20 – Cathedral by Raymond Carver,  link HERE

April 17 –  The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, link HERE.

May 8 – All Summer One Day by Ray Bradford, link HERE

Summer 2022:

June 28th – A Story of Your Life (also known as Arrival) by Ted Chiang, link HERE

July 5th – A Temple of the Holy Ghost by Flannery O’Connor, link HERE.

July 19th – The Chinese Pilot (also know as The Coffee-house of Suratby Leo Tolstoy, link HERE

August 9th – Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros, link HERE.

August 23rd – The Truth About Pyecraft by H. G. Wells, link HERE

August 30th – Wash Clean the Bones by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, not in public domain, email for pdf.

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