Reading Groups

The Wade Center regularly runs book discussion groups.


Reading at the Wade

Saturday mornings, September 12 - November 21

  • Phantastes by George MacDonald
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

This book discussion group, facilitated by Dr. Rolland Hein (professor emeritus of English at Wheaton College), meets at the Wade Center on Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 11:00am during the school year. 

George MacDonald’s Phantastes is the literary myth that Lewis states  “baptized his imagination” and was singularly important in bringing him to Christian conversion.  Written early in his career, it demonstrates the unique ability of Christian fantasy to explore the essential mysteries of the authentic spiritual life.

The writings of the prolific British author G.K. Chesterton were also among those that influenced C.S. Lewis’s conversion.  In Orthodoxy Chesterton presents his own provocative defense for his Christian faith, affirming its indispensable relation to Fairyland, which, he asserts “is nothing but the sunny country of common sense.”  The Man Who Was Thursday, his enduring Christian fantasy that offers a fresh and compelling vision of the presence of God and His working in the world, nicely illustrates his point.

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Audio recordings of the Wade Center's Saturday morning Spring reading group discussions are free and available for download

Reading groups are free and open to anyone who would like to participate, but sign-up is required due to space considerations. For questions or more information, contact the Wade Center front desk at 630-752-5908 or at

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