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Announcing the Spectrum Book Club


The Spectrum team has relished many conversations with friends around the world in the last 18 months during the monthly Friday Forum Book Club. We have discussed a variety of books addressing topics such as race, climate change, cultural tensions in American Christianity, and more. After a pause, the Spectrum team will once again host a book club.

The new meeting time will be on the last Sabbath of every month at 2 p.m. Pacific / 5 p.m. Eastern.

The format will be similar, and we are honored to announce that the authors of the selected books will join us for the next several months. The goal remains the same—to promote community, give voice to scholarship, and create space for imagination. Adventist Forum prioritizes the opportunity to converse with respect and to notice beauty and excellence. We value academic rigor, humility, faith, and varied voices.

Alexander Carpenter, executive editor, Bonnie Dwyer, editor emerita, and Carmen Lau, board chair, will be the Spectrum team regulars for the book club. You may join the discussion by Zoom link or Facebook Live. To receive a Zoom link, email Carmen (


March 26, 2 p.m. (PDT) / 5 p.m. (EDT)

William Johnsson, Authentic Adventism, Oak & Acorn, 2018

April 30, 2 p.m. (PDT) / 5 p.m. (EDT)

Trudy Morgan-Cole, Prone to Wander, Strident Books, 2019

May 28, 2 p.m. (PDT) / 5 p.m. (EDT)

Linda K. Olson, Gone: A Memoir of Love, Body, and Taking Back My Life, She Writes Press, 2020

June 25, 2 p.m. (PDT) / 5 p.m. (EDT)

Sari Fordham, Wait for God to Notice, Etruscan Press, 2021

July 30, 2 p.m. (PDT) / 5 p.m. (EDT)

Michael Campbell, 1922: The Rise of Adventist FundamentalismPacific Press, 2022

August 27, 2 p.m. (PDT) / 5 p.m. (EDT)

Gilbert M. Valentine,  Ostriches and Canaries: Coping with Change in Adventism, 1966-1979, Oak & Acorn, 2022

September 24, 2 p.m. (PDT) / 5 p.m. (EDT)

Jack Hoehn, Adventist Tomorrow: Fresh Ideas While Waiting for Jesus, Adventist Today, 2021

October 29, 2 p.m. (PDT) / 5 p.m. (EDT)

Daneen Akers, Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints, Watchfire Media, 2019, and Dear Mama God, Watchfire Media, October 2022


Images courtesy of the publishers

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