United Methodist Women’s Reading Program 2016

Our Akron UMW Unit participates in the Reading Program which is set up by the Women’s Division of our national organization. It recommends a diverse range of books with the intention of broadening exposure to a variety of concepts. The Reading Program and RESPONSE magazine are essential reading for understanding the mission of United Methodist Women We have purchased four new books for 2016 from this reading program. They are as follows:

I AM MALALA, Girl Who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban By Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out Malala Yousefzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education, almost paying the ultimate price. Instead, the 16-year-old’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

This book is In the Leadership category.

DREAMERS An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream By Eileen Truax

In Dreamers, Eileen Truax illuminates the stories of the roughly two million undocumented immigrants living in the United States who came here as children They grew up here going to elementary, middle, and high school, but are ineligible for financial aid for college and are unable to be legally employed. In recent years, this young generation of dreamers has begun organizing, becoming the newest face of the human rights movement.  This book in the Nurturing For Community category.


In Afghanistan, where the birth of a son is celebrated and the arrival of a daughter is mourned, a bacha posh (“dressed up like a boy” in Dari) is a third kind of child-a girl raised as a boy with all the opportunities and freedoms boys enjoy. Written by the reporter who covered the phenomenon for the New York Times, this is the story of Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice for her fourth daughter. This book is in the Education for Mission category.

BLUE GOLD by Elizabeth Stewart

Three teen girls on three continents are linked by the mineral coltan, also known as blue gold, used in technology manufacturing Svylvie lives in the Congo, where she has fled the conflict over the mineral, Laiping lives in China and works in a factory building components, and Fiona lives in Canada But they are all connected by one thing—cell phones

This book is in the Social Action category. It is also in the Youth division


The Reading Program books are kept on the top shelf of the bookcase in the Fireside room. Everyone in our congregation is welcome to read them. Each book has a card in the metal file box for signing out and returning the book.

By Carol Webster