Once a month on the podcast I chat with my friend, Cara Meredith about books through the lens of Shalom.  This is partly to solve a very real problem we both have, we love reading, we love talking about books in community, and we’re always game to try out new authors, but we simply can’t work in a book club in our very buys schedules this season. This is why we’re hosting a monthly book club on the podcast. When we choose books we try to find books that came in our the past year written by women of color, but honestly, if the author is a shalom bringer with her words then we’re all about it.

To Join The Book Club:

1. Get yourself a copy of the book.
2. Start reading, either by yourself or with a group of friends.
3. Follow shalominthecity on Instagram or join the Shalom Sista Hangout— that’s where the conversations before the episode will begin, then on the podcast we’ll share and/or respond to your thoughts.

The books we’re reading during our “Hopeful Resistance” season are:


March: Hopeful Resistance

The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon)

African American woman, YA fiction, 2016

Supporting reads: In the Country We Love (Diane Guerrero); The Book of Unknown Americans (Henriquez); Assimilate or Go Home (DL Mayfield); Motherland (Vijayaraghavan); Empress of One Thousand Skies (Belleza) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


April: Division (within Hopeful Resistance)

ONE (Deidra Riggs)

African American woman, Christian non-fiction, 2017

Supporting reads: Hillbilly Elegy (Vance)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (ya)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


May: Defensiveness (within Hopeful Resistance)

Hallelujah Anyway (Anne Lamott)

White woman, memoir, 2017

Supporting reads: Becoming Wise (Krista Tippett); Places that Scare You (Pema Chodrin); all things Brene Brown


June: Despair (within Hopeful Resistance)

LaRose (Louise Erdrich)

Native American woman, adult fiction dealing with mental illness, 2016

Supporting reads: Orphan’s Inheritance (Ohanesian); Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston); The Birds of Opulence (Wilkinson); Shatter Me (Mafi) The Mothers by Britt Bennett

Happy Reading Sistas,