I just picked up a copy of The Book Thief. The lady behind the counter in the Barnes and Noble Starbucks gushed about it. I wouldn't have bought it, but I saw that its the book picked for One Book One Bloomington and Beyond 2009 and that there were five or six book discussion groups about it and a few movie discussion nights also.
From the promo: "Narrated by Death, this coming-of-age story set in World War II chronicles the life of a young girl in Germany who leaarns from the books she steals and the friends she collects along the way." I've only just started this book and find it weirdly interesting. I am hoping to make my way to one of the many book discussion groups on it - what a great topic to discuss and what a great bridge to talking about the gospel - Death is inevitable; Death is our enemy! I'd challenge those of you who live in Btown to pick up a copy and plan on going to a discussion group. Ask a friend to go with, maybe a friend you've been praying for and one you are hoping to share the gospel with.