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Calvary Book Club

Monday, February 19, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Share your love of reading with your church community. The Calvary Book Club will meet monthly to discuss a book that both intelectually stimulates and challenges our faith. Our first selection is Silence by Shusako Endo, a classic work of historical fiction about the persecution of Jesuit missionaries in Japan during the era of Western colonialism. The first meeting to discuss Silence is Monday, February 19 from 7–9pm in the Parlor.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Seventeenth-century Japan

Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to unimaginable cruelties that test their own beliefs.

Shusaku Endo is one of the most celebrated and well-known Japanese fiction writers of the twentieth century, and Silence is widely considered to be his great masterpiece.

Silence explores themes including cross-cultural evangelism, Christian suffering, apostasy, the role of religion in culture, and what it means to remain faithful to Christ in the midst of persecution.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

This book contains some graphic descriptions of torture, violence, and death. Reader and parental discretion is advised.