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Thursday Evening Study

"His Truth is Marching On..." Study

    Our next evening book study will be His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and The Power of Hope by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham. Goodreads describes the book as “an intimate and inspiring portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present.” Ann Patchett, the author of 6 novels and 3 books of nonfiction and the Co-Owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, says, “Seriously, . . [this] is so moving, so beautiful, and so important for our times. I think the very best Jon Meacham. Should have made the list,” (referring to the New York Times 110 Best Books of the Year list).

John Lewis himself wrote the Afterword. There are any number of quotable quotes in those three pages. Here is just one: “I have long be-lieved—I have long preached—that our nation’s moral compass comes from God. And God so loved the world that he gave us the countless men and women who lost their homes and their jobs for the right to vote. God gave us the children of free-dom who lost their lives in a bombing in Birmingham and the three young men who were killed in Mississippi. But above all else God gave us courage—the power to believe that what I call the Spirit of History behind us is stronger than the terror of hatred in front of us. That is what I believed then. And I believe it now.”

The first (Zoom) meeting will be Thursday, January 7, 2021, 5:30pm-6:30pm. That gives you plenty of time to secure your copy of the book. Ask for it for Christmas. Check with the library. If they don’t have it, ask them to purchase it. If it is checked out, put your name on the list. Talk to your friends to see if you can borrow a copy. (Target has it for $18)

Don’t be intimidated by the book’s 354 pages. The final 100 pages are the appendix, source notes, bibliography, illustration list and credits, and index. The actual reading is only 254 pages!


Here is the book club schedule:

  1. January 7: Overture: The Last March & Chapter 1: A Hard Life,
    A Serious Life

  2. January 14: Chapter 2: The Spirit of History

  3. January 21: Chapter 3: Soul Force

  4. January 28: Chapter 4: In the Image of God and Democracy

  5. February 4: Chapter 5: We are Going to Make You Wish You was Dead

  6. February 11: Chapter 6: I’m Going to Die Here

  7. February 18: Chapter 7: This Country Don’t Run on Love

  8. February 25: Epilogue: Against the Rulers of Darkness & Afterword by John Lewis


Join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 835 9572 6192
Passcode: 377178d