During Holy Week of 2015, we were a few world-weary friends, seeking sanctuary. The reading of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society had brought us together in another discussion group and we wanted to create a vibrant community of kindred spirits who would read widely and deeply, and in so doing cultivate thoughtful relationships with each other. We were a “secret” book club with a few dozen friends. All of us had read that book and understood that it represented a culture of friends who preserved their dignity, humanity and moral compass during an abusive Nazi occupation. And so, Potato Peel Pie Society Facebook group was born.
We didn’t start the group with the intention of attracting followers or patting ourselves on the back by accumulating friends. We needed each other. Like the people in Guernsey. We created a space for the exchange of ideas, to sharpen each other as iron sharpens iron.
Like the friends in Guernsey, we viewed our book club as an effort to preserve some small piece of the beauty and wisdom of traditional Western culture. We thought that by reading good and great books together, we could fortify ourselves against some of the challenges of modernity and progressivism.
Along the way, friends added their friends, who then added their friends. In very organic ways, our group began to swell with kindred spirits who were in search of their tribe. Who knew that so many unrelated souls could find friendship and a home in our little book club?
A mere 14 months later, we have added more than 1,000 members to the club and a collection of theme-based sister groups. We rejoice at the provision of our Lord! So many friends, from so many places! Together, we continue to be a vibrant community of readers, friends and lovers of all bookish things!
During the month of June, we will celebrate these friendships! Over the next four weeks, members of The Potato Peel Pie Society Facebook group will see posts every couple of days for delightful challenges and prizes. We invite you to join in the fun!
Jennifer Halverson, our #BookFairy, has generously worked with the Librarians to find some very special gifts including a set of The Original Home School 6-Volume Series by Charlotte Mason, an illustrated Narnia, a Childcraft set, Rory Story cubes and so much more.