As you may (or may not) know, I am a huge fan of Stephanie’s General Conference Book Club. I have been studying General Conference talks on this blog for a while, but Stephanie’s GCBC got me really studying them – and gave me the opportunity to hear the thoughts of others on the General Conference talks.
So you may be able to imagine my surprise (shock?) when I received an email from Stephanie asking if I would mind hosting GCBC for a while (enter jaw drop). I wanted to say yes right away, but I made sure to run it by the hubster (who thought it was awesome) and I wanted to pray about it a little (although I completely trusted Stephanie’s judgment – well, I would have completely trusted her judgment if she had asked anyone besides me… so I mostly trusted her judgment).
Well, apparently it’s the right thing for me because I am happy to announce that after April 2012 General Conference, I will be hosting General Conference Book Club here on my blog! I hope that you will all come and join with us as we study the General Conference talks.
If you’re new to GCBC, here is some info from Stephanie’s Website:
“The goal is to read one General Conference talk a week and discuss it together as an on-line “book club.”
A new talk will be posted each Sunday.
You don’t have to do anything to “join” the club– You can just visit the Sunday post at any time during the week and share thoughts, findings, favorite quotes, applications, even questions from the talk of the week. Personally, I think it would be a good idea to subscribe to comments from the post so that we can read each other’s insights and have a “real book club” conversation. (One way to do this is to click the link below the comments that says “subscribe by email” – this will sent you email updates when people comment on the post) Or of course, you can just check back often to see what folks are saying.”
My goal with GCBC on Stephanie’s blog was to study the talk and record my thoughts on my blog. Since I will be hosting GCBC I may not write a full length post anymore – I will probably just put my thoughts in the GCBC announcement post each Sunday and then follow up with the discussion in the comments.
Here is the button for General Conference Book Club and sometime this week I will be adding a link in the header that will go back to the information page on Stephanie's blog. Eventually I’ll get around to hosting an information page here. The actual posts for General Conference book club will be here on Sunday evenings!
More from Stephanie’s page:
“And try to comment when you’ve read each article, even something as simple as “I did it.” Then we have a certain motivation/accountability to each other to meet our goal of reading all the talks from the previous General Conference. The objective is to read the words of the living prophets and learn from them. Our book club community is for sharing and encouraging, but please don’t feel pressure that you have to come around and make profound insights or write eloquent summaries. Just show up and be counted!”
I am not sure if I am more nervous or excited to host GCBC, but I guess we’ll find out once General Conference is over!
Speaking of which, make sure you head here on Sunday to talk about all your favorite quotes and personal prophetic epistles from April 2012 General Conference as our General Conference Book Club “kick off” for April 2012!
Hope to see you there!