Church of the Good Shepherd

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

ECW’s Book Club

The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Book Club will discuss Life After: A Novel by Katie Ganshert in November and January. We will read The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne in December.

All women at Good Shepherd are encouraged to drop by and participate in the discussion. No need to RSVP. No need to read the book. Come check us out!

Life After book cover.

It could have been me...

Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year- old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliott’s and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.

In Life After, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.

Copies of Life After are available for sale in the parish hall or can be ordered from Amazon.

All women at Good Shepherd are encouraged to drop by and participate in the discussion. No need to RSVP. No need to read the book. Come join us to discuss this Christmas story.

The Paper Bag Christmas book cover.

Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you'd expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas.

Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother Aaron as volunteers at a nearby children's hospital for the holiday season. Each boy has a special assignment to befriend particular patients. Aaron is assigned to a young boy from India who is waiting for a liver donation, and Molar is asked to look in every night on Katrina, a girl with brain cancer who hides her disfigured head under a paper bag. They also help with a Christmas pageant directed by one of the nurses and in which the oncology kids will star.

Almost in spite of himself, Mo finds that Christmas joy emanates from a source far greater than the North Pole, while the young girl learns that she is more beautiful than she had ever imagined.

The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne is a wonderful Christmas story showcasing the true meaning of Christmas.

Copies of The Paper Bag Christmas will be available for sale in the parish hall on November 12 or can be ordered from Amazon.

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

November 12, 2017Chapters 1 to 27
December 10, 2017The Paper Bag Christmas - All Chapters
Jaunuary 14, 2018Chapters 28 to 59

Upcoming books:

The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne
America’s Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America by Bruce Feiler
Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Love Amid the Ashes [Job’s story brought to life] by Mesu Andrews

Contact  Yvonne Danford at 608-7653(c), 936-4453(w) or email to for more information.