If you’re in some type of church small group/home group, picking a book to study can be a daunting task. If you do not want to go through a book of the Bible due to studying a lot at church services, than a great option is to pick some type of Christian book that lends itself to many biblical discussions. The following is a list of things you should think about when trying to decide on the right book for your group.
1) Nothing to big
Even if you meet once a week for an entire year, it might be a good idea to keep your book choices below 225 pages. Anything larger can appear intimidating to members who either don’t like to read or don’t feel they have that amount of time. You want to pick a book that will satisfy the avid reader and also encourage the novice.
2) Nothing too technical
Although you might have some well-educated members in your group, not every has the opportunity to go through seminary. As such, it will be a good idea to stay away from any books that are for serious theological students. If someone begins reading and starts encountering words and terminology they’ve never heard of before, it will leave them disappointed and discouraged.
3) Classics are a great idea
Don’t shy away from the classics just because they are older and sometimes require a little more work to figure out. Some classics can be a little difficult to read due to how old they are, but there are usually numerous study guides and helps that go along with them. However, there are also many classics that are not too difficult to read and might be a great idea for your small group. For example, C.S Lewis, A.W Tozer, and D.L Moody are all great writers with many works that can encourage your group.
4) Look for study guide questions
Many books will already have study guides built into them, but if not it will be a good idea to make one yourself. It will be much easier on your leaders if they have prepared questions and it will also be easier on all the members since they will have things to think about while they are reading the book.
5) Ask what other people have done
Instead of driving yourself crazy trying to figure out the right book, search the internet for what other people have done and why they did it. You can look around on church websites, do a simple Google search, or ask people that you know if they’ve ever gone through a book in a small group type of setting. If you don’t like the books they suggest, at the very least you will have some ideas to think about and perhaps help you as you continue to search for a book.