Church of the Good Shepherd

The Anglo-Catholic Parish of the Episcopal Diocese Of Upper South Carolina

You’re invited to join the ECW Book Club for a discussion of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Please join the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Book Club on Sunday, September 8 at 9 am, for a discussion of the first half of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. No need to RSVP. No need to read the book. Please join us!

BeforeWeWereYours book cover

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shanty boat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge --- until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents --- but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that ultimately will lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals --- in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country --- Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Copies of Before We Were Yours are available for sale in the parish hall or can be ordered from Amazon.

Discussion Schedule (9am – 10:30 am in the education building)

September 8, 2019Chapters 1 - 13
October 13, 2019Chapters 14 - 26

Upcoming books:

Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Angels on Earth: Inspiring Real-Life Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Kindness by Laura Schroff
From Fire, By Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith by Sohrab Ahmari

Contact   Church office at 779-2960 or email to goodshepherd2@outlook.com for more information.