Category Archives: Midday Connection Book Club

Miss Midday? New Book Club!

If you’re like me, you’ve been continuing to miss the Dr. Rosalie de Rosset classic book club on the former Moody program Midday Connection, along with the book club that hosts Anita Lustrea and Lori Neff began.  I keep coming in contact with other people on social media who long for it back again as well.  I have good news!  Anita and Lori have begun a new book club again on Anita’s podcast, “Faith Conversations.”  Lori Neff is now in the publishing industry with IVP, and a great one for book suggestions.  I am so pleased to have a new program to listen to!  Their first book club pick is: “When Mockingbirds Sing,” by Billy Coffey.  They will be discussing the read in a later podcast.  Check it out!


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Missing Midday Connection…

b0d4dfced73409aed97fc65214ee2f06Today I was shocked to learn that my favorite Moody Radio program, Midday Connection, is being cancelled and will air for the last time on Friday, Sept. 18. I certainly am one of the many listeners who I’m sure are grieving right now. It might sound sort of funny to grieve over the loss of a radio show. Midday Connection has been around for 20+ years, and I know that it has been a major player in shaping how I think about life and all things spiritual.

Midday, through their hosts Melinda Schmidt, Anita Lustrea, and Lori Neff, along with their many wonderful guests over the years have taught me so many things. Through listening to their in-depth, intellectual conversations, I’ve learned to look at things from a different angle, get perspective, grow spiritually, learn to love God more, learn to think critically, and form my own theologies in living daily life. I know God has used this show to teach me so many spiritual skills that I don’t know where I’d be without today. I’ve often felt their programs were like a college course or therapy session I could always use.

9382abe23d27b8a2752dec0eab9ae1d3Through the magic of audio, one has a sense of being in close relationship with another, even though they’d never met. When I sat down at my computer with my headphones and listened to Anita or Melinda, I felt like they were familiar friends.  I’ve also had the honor of Lori Neff commenting on this blog! 🙂

I know the YouPick and WePick book clubs will be greatly missed on booklearned, along with Dr. Rosalie de Rosset’s great talks that always hit the mark. Many’s the time I’ve pumped my fist in the air and cheered to hear someone say something so right with such certainty and passion. (Love her! She needs her own podcast.)

You can listen to the original announcement made by Collin Lambert on the show last Thursday by clicking here.  Rosalie de Rosset was a guest on that program, talking about the book, “East of Eden,” by John Steinbeck, literature in general, plus several other good books she recommended.



Posted by on September 17, 2015 in Midday Connection Book Club


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Midday Book Club: “Christy”

91128d2f2cdf519bc50da694b3aaaf06Hi there!  Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer!  If you’re looking for a perfect summer read, I’ll suggest one of my top all-time favorites: “Christy,” by Catherine Marshall.  This is one of the few books I’ve re-read and got more out of the second time around.  Many people have been impacted by the semi-biographical story of Christy Huddleston (based on the author’s mother), who travels to the Great Smoky Mountains pre-WWI era to teach school to the poverty-stricken community of Cutter Gap.

This is a rerun episode of the Midday Connection WePick Book Club, but I don’t believe I’ve ever posted it on here, so you can listen for a limited time (up to a year post air-date) by clicking here.  Enjoy!


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Midday Book Club: “How Sweet the Sound”

17623511The new YouPick Book Club aired today and will be available for free for up to a year after airdate.  This time around, the discussion is on the fiction novel, “How Sweet the Sound,” by Amy Sorrells. It sounds like it’s on some heavy topics but Midday always has good, deep conversations!

There is no poll to vote for the next book club book, only some summer recommendations from the hosts of Midday Connection:



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Midday Book Club: The Good Earth

190c8373d211ba80b2d0479e7f7c5771Coming May 6th, Midday Connection will air it’s next WePick book club w/ Dr. Rosalie de Rosset.  This time around, the discussion will center around Pearl S. Buck’s classic, The Good Earth.  Program can also be listened to post-air date (free for up to a year).  I can’t wait to find out what the next book will be!


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Midday’s YouPick Book Club: “Glittering Images”

11245A little belated (sorry!), but here is the link to Midday Connection’s latest YouPick book club discussion on the novel, “Glittering Images,” by Susan Howatch, the first in the Starbridge Series.  I’ve heard this is an amazing read, and I’ve definitely included it in my To-Read notebook.  I don’t want to listen to the program just yet myself (to avoid spoilers), but here is the link to the program for anyone else interested!

*Unfortunately, I believe that the Moody website has recently changed things around, so that one is unable to listen to previous book club discussions for free if they date older than a year.  So this program is available for free for a limited time, after that you have to pay on iTunes.

I was unable to find the link to the polls to vote for the next book selection in time before the voting closed.  The next book club will center on the novel, “How Sweet the Sound,” by Amy K. Sorrells.


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Midday Book Club: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

7b0d38ea53f67767944916f29bcda00bHi there!  Don’t miss Midday Connection’s WePick Book Club discussion on March 10 @ 12:00 CT on the classic novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte.  You can listen live by clicking here, or after the airdate free for up to a year here.  I plan on reading this book sometime, so I will probably be listening to it much later, but I thought I’d pass it along to anyone else who might be interested in Dr. Rosalie de Rosset’s take on this book.


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