We’ve created all the necessary materials to have a successful book club, including a service project of making bookmarks for participants at the Saprea Retreat. All you have to do is:


  • Review our mission and story

  • Pick a date, time, and location for your book club to meet. We suggest allowing everyone at least one month to read the book.

  • Pick a book for your book club to read. Here is a list of recommended reading from Saprea:

    1. Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield

    2. Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise Desalvo

    3. Crucial Conversations* by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

    4. Full Catastrophe Living* by Jon Kabat-Zinn

    5. The Gift of Fear* by Gavin de Becker

    6. Forgive For Good* by Fred Luskin

    7. Boundaries* by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

    8. Waking the Tiger* by Peter A. Levine

    *Available in Spanish

  • At each book club meeting, you can read through these ten questions or come up with your own. The important thing is making sure that you have a great discussion.

    1. Did you like this book? Why or why not?

    2. How does this book help you understand healing/prevention of child sexual abuse in a different way?

    3. What is one thing from the book that really stuck with you?

    4. Did you learn anything you didn’t know before reading it?

    5. Did reading this book change your mind about a belief you had before you read it?

    6. How did the book make you feel?

    7. Would you recommend this book to anyone else? Why or why not?

    8. What questions do you still have that the book didn’t answer?

    9. What do you think about the author’s research? Does it seem credible? Was it easy to see where they got their information and why they came to the conclusions they did?

    10. What was your first impression of the cover/title? How did it change after you read it?

  • Inform the members of your book club about Saprea and the Saprea Retreat.

  • Let the members of your book club know that they are reading a book related to the trauma of child sexual abuse in some way. These books could contain tools that teach someone how to heal, the way that trauma impacts lives, or focusing on one aspect of trauma and healing.
    *DISCLAIMER: This is a sensitive topic and could bring up strong emotions for people. Send the members of your book club this link to help manage triggers. Before you begin your book club discussion let those in attendance know that if they need a break they can step out at any time.

  • Let the members of your book club know that the group will be making bookmarks to send to Saprea for the Saprea Retreat participants. participants

  • We suggest you do your service project of making bookmarks for the Saprea Retreat the same day that you discuss your book.

  • Download and follow the instructions here to make the bookmarks.

We would love to see pictures and hear stories from your book clubs! Please email them to our volunteer coordinator Nina at volunteer@saprea.org.