Book and Movie Reviews

Book Reviews

How to Have a Good Book Review


Meet on a regular basis (monthly) to discuss a given book either at a restaurant or someone’s house.  Provide snacks and drinks.  Vote on which book to read.  General tone: have everyone talk, have a rotating discussion leader.

Resources Needed

Barnes & Noble website, Publishers websites and Oprah’s website all have discussion questions on many of their books.

Helpful Hints/Suggestions

Possible Invitation: "The purpose of r.crew is to provide an opportunity for young women to come together to share and express ideas, meet new friends, and have fun discussing a different book each month.  R.crew stands for reading can really engage women.  Being involved with r.crew is about engagement, engagement in reading, in stimulating conversation, and friendships.  As we meet once a month, we come together with the understanding that everyone is an individual, with her own thoughts, insights, belief systems, and opinions.  We embrace and value our diversity and choose to respect each member of r.crew.  We look forward to having our own ideas challenged as we discuss each topic with an open mind."

Guidelines for next book

  • Under 350 pages long
  • Under $20
  • When choosing the book, you are not limited to Oprah’s book club choices, nor does it have to be a new release.  Choosing a classic is fine, but it would be more conducive to r.crew to pick out a book that few, if any, people have read.
  • The book can be either fiction or non-fiction.
  • Use your best judgment when choosing a book dealing with controversial or potentially offensive topics.
  • Paperback is preferred.

Book Possibilities

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren - This book will guide you through a 40 day spiritual journey that will transform your answers to life’s most important question:  What on earth am I here for?  There are several people who have started a bush group with this book.

Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis - C.S. Lewis provides a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in living out Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, as seen from the demon/devil's viewpoint

The Question of God by Armand Nicholi - CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud debate God, love, sex, and the meaning of life.  This book explores not only their world views but how it is lived out in their lives and in the classroom setting.

Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - This book gives a woman's perspective on Islam.

Movie Reviews

Movie and Discussion Possibilities

Show a thought-provoking movie and discuss it as a group.  Here is a list of possible movies.  Please let us know of other suitable flicks, and don’t forget to include what the prominent issues are that can be spring-boarded into.  Any notes you have on it are welcome too. 

The 13th WarriorThis deals with the idea of being chosen for a dangerous mission that you don't fully understand or even believe in the importance of, and how a man might be transformed by humility into a warrior.

Contact - Deals with issues of issues of life outside of planet earth, nature of faith, proof for God’s existence. Further notes on leading discussion for Contact are also available.

Dead Man Walking - Deals with death penalty, justice versus compassion, sanctity of human life –versus- punishing cruelty.  (edited version without short rape sequence is available at study center.)

The Invasion - The Invasion raises interesting questions about free will. The invading organism makes everyone behave, but it gives you the creeps because they aren't fully human.

The Matrix - Read about the topics brought up by The Matrix in Sam Meier's review.

Pleasantville - This deals with issues like whether we’re better off with sin; exposes caricatures of Christianity worth debunking and the pleasures and pain of freewill.

The Truman Show - Deals with need for meaning in life beyond idyllic circumstances.