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.


2 thoughts on “1,000 Member Milestone

  1. I know this seems an odd question when the entire blog is filled with book suggestions, but we just finished the “Lord of the Rings ” trilogy as a family and wept. We wept because it was beautiful, and because it was over. We aren’t quite sure what to read next. We are a family of 6 with children 12, 10, 8 and 4. Any specific suggestions would be lovely! Thank you for all you do .

    1. Julie, I totally get it. And, honestly, nothing gives me more joy in this hobby than to try to give good recommendations. 🙂 I love your question.

      I too had a serious “hangover” after finishing LOTR. I have a couple of suggestions. Of course, Tolkien is at the top of his craft. No one truly compares to him. So, finding the next thing might mean switching gears a bit.

      First, what about an animal story? “The Incredible Journey” or “The Black Stallion” specifically? (We have a reviews on those). Both have some of the same adventurous spirit as LOTR but are in such a different genre that they won’t feel like you are reading a LOTR runner up.

      Next, if your 4 year old was content to tag along on LOTR, maybe “The Lonesome Gods” won’t be too hard? This is my favorite of Louis L’Amour. I really had no interest in L’Amour at all until I was more or less forced to read him. When I did, I was shocked to discover that he was a lover of classics and his stories are chock full of classical style and references. The Lonesome Gods had my son gripped at 6. It is the story of a boy who is travelling West while his dad is dying of lung disease. It is a story about testing yourself against your situation and finding a path through adversity while preserving your principles. A really beautiful story.

      I cannot say enough good about the Little Britches books. The first 4 in particular. We have a button on the home page for reviews of those.

      If you aren’t quite ready to leave the hero epic genre, I almost done reading Jonathan Roger’s “Bark of the Bog Owl”. It is the first of a trilogy from The Rabbit Room. It is an echo of the King David story. Set in a nondescript time and place that resembles a medieval village, it is has slightly slow start and then builds to a beautiful and noble story arc. It is clearly Judeo-Christian and it, like LOTR, is about shaping the character of a God-appointed king.

      Finally, if you are looking for something that it totally and completely different as a transition, what about “Enemy Brothers” or “The Winged Watchman”? Both are family stories set in Europe during WWII. Both have hero themes. Both are reviewed on our site and published by Bethelehem Books.

      LOTR is such a masterpiece… it is so hard to come down from that.

      Oh, one other suggestion. This is just to make the little people in your home laugh! 🙂 Sometimes the best segue out of an epic is through something endearing and funny. The “Henry Reed” books are smart, well written, full of wholesome childish fun, and funny!

      Thanks for asking! Please feel free to ask again! -Sara

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