Well-Read Mom is a nationwide network of local book clubs for women.
Well-Read Mom accompanies women in the reading of great books and spiritual classics to encourage personal growth, friendship, and meaningful conversations in order to explore the human condition and reorient ourselves to what is good, beautiful, and true.
We read together to create an openness through conversation and friendship where Truth can be encountered. We welcome women of all religious traditions. Each group has its own flavor which reflects the life experience of the members.
Because staff and many key volunteers are deeply committed Catholic women who strive to be faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium, the reflections, audios, and discussion questions view the literature through the lens of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Check out our website under the “Join Today" > "Begin A Group” tab. You’ll find how to host an informational meeting, find editable flyers to promote your group, and a Leader Guide. After you register, you’ll receive an email with the next steps.
Well-Read Mom makes it easy to start a group. We recommend beginning with a few friends and hosting a Well-Read Mom informational meeting to share our mission. You can also post a flyer at church, a coffee shop, or social media. A core of even three committed women is enough to get started.
The goal of Well-Read Mom is to read more, read well. We believe that even reading part of a good book is better than not reading at all. Here is a note from one of our moms explaining how reading among moms with newborns, although challenging has still been worthwhile!
“I did want to email you and let you know that we do our book club a little differently. We are all young moms, and between morning sickness and newborn babies and the general exhaustion and lack of time that comes with raising a flock of children, we only do four books a year. We vote when the list comes out and then meet in October, January, April, and July. We do a lot of rejoicing over babies and a little talking about the books that nourish us. It’s a great way to keep book club manageable! I thought you might like to pass along the idea in case there are moms out there who are intimidated by the reading list. I am so grateful for Well-Read Mom and the friendships that have developed and deepened over good books (and babies too:))” - WRM member
The audios are important to understand why the book was selected, how it applies to the year’s theme and often provides literary information that helps enrich the reading.
We have also asked all women to listen to the audios for a very business-related reason. Over the past few years, we have found it increasingly difficult to communicate and connect with our members. Email open rates and communicating important information from Well-Read Mom to each member is challenging. We hope that by asking you to commit to listening to the audios each month, we will be able to share the most important information with you via that route. On our end, we promise to be respectful of your time. We understand how fruitful your group discussions are. It is our great hope that you will find that listening to the audios each month becomes a source of uniting your group to women all over the world and that they might inspire you to explore a new component of the reading selection that you may have overlooked.
Another reason we have asked for your commitment to listen to the audios is our desire to provide "at its core" a similar experience for every woman who joins Well-Read Mom. Each group will have their dynamics and flavor, but if someone was to join a group in Crosby, Minnesota, or Houston, Texas we want her experience of Well-Read Mom to be essentially the same in its basic structure. That is what Well-Read Mom is all about, the journey together. We want to remind our members and their book groups that they are a part of something bigger than just the women sitting together at their meeting. Your participation is Well-Read Mom is influencing culture. We have seen evidence of this all over the country in a multitude of ways.
Yes, our regular membership level is set up to be an auto-renew membership level, which means that each year you will have to unenroll from the auto-renewal feature. The good news is that it is easy to unenroll.
First, you will need to complete the renewal process, which will mean that you are enrolled in the auto-renewal feature.
After you have done that, log into your account on www.wellreadmom.com using the red login button.
Select "My Account" from the menu bar.
On your profile page, you will see a big red button midway down that page that says "stop recurring payments"
Click on that button and follow the instructions.
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