Our Book Discussion News...
Our next read is “The Book of Longings,” by Sue Monk Kidd which we will discuss in its entirety on Monday, Oct. 4.
This from Goodreads:
“I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.”
Raised in a wealthy family in Sepphoris with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, a relentless seeker with a brilliant, curious mind and a daring spirit. She yearns for a pursuit worthy of her life, but finds no outlet for her considerable talents. Defying the expectations placed on women, she engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes secret narratives about neglected and silenced women. When she meets the eighteen-year-old Jesus, each is drawn to and enriched by the other’s spiritual and philosophical ideas. He becomes a floodgate for her intellect, but also the awakener of her heart.
Their marriage unfolds with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, James and Simon, and their mother, Mary. Here, Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to the Roman occupation of Israel, partially led by her charismatic adopted brother, Judas. She is sustained by her indomitable aunt Yaltha, who is searching for her long-lost daughter, as well as by other women, including her friend Tabitha, who is sold into slavery after she was raped, and Phasaelis, the shrewd wife of Herod Antipas. Ana’s impetuous streak occasionally invites danger. When one such foray forces her to flee Nazareth for her safety shortly before Jesus’s public ministry begins, she makes her way with Yaltha to Alexandria, where she eventually finds refuge and purpose in unexpected surroundings.
Grounded in meticulous historical research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place, and culture devised to silence her.
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The idea of the book group came from a request that was made of our previous minister Rev. Telos when asked about some of her favorite books to read. Here is the list she provided. The list was a jumping off point for this discussion group, an idea that had floated around previously many times. Thanks to Pam and Christine, it became a reality!
Our Bookshelf thus far:
"The Book of Longings," Sue Monk Kidd
"The Tyranny of Merit," by Michael Sandel
“The Splendid and the Vile,” by Erik Larson
"The Story of More," by Hope Jahren
"Migrations," by Charlotte McConaghy,"
"Caste," by Isabel Wilkerson
On Earth we are Briefly Gorgeous," by Ocean Vuong
The Woman's Hour," Elaine Weiss
"The Biology of Belief," by Bruce Lipton
"The Girl with Seven Names," by Hyeonseo Lee
"Welcoming the Unwelcome," by Pema Chodron
"The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry," by Rachael Joyce
"Radical Acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of the Buddha " by Tara Brach
"Educated," by Tara Westover
"Waking Up White," by Debby Irving
"Women Rowing North," by Mary Pipher
"News of the World: A Novel," by Paulette Jiles
"Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong," by John O'Donohue
"Becoming," by Michelle Obama
"Fascism," Madeleine Albright"
"On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old," by Parker J. Palmer
"The Boys in the Boat,' by Daniel Brown
"Braiding Sweetgrass," By Robin Wall Kimmerer.
"Cutting for Stone," By Abraham Verghese
"The Book of Joy," By His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"On Being Mortal," by Atul Gawande
“The Hidden Lives of Trees," by Peter Wholleben.
"Population 485: Meeting your neighbors one Siren at a Time," by Michael Perry.
"Becoming Wise: an Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living,”
by Krista Tippett
"The Warmth of Other Suns," by Isabel Wilkerson
"Healing the Heart of Democracy," by Parker Palmer
“Learning to Fall: Blessings of an Imperfect Life,” by Phillip Simmons"
"Goddesses Never Age," by Dr. Christiane Northrup
"Living Beautifully," by Pema Chodron
“Dinner with Buddha,” by Roland Merullo.
“The Concord Quartet: Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and the Friendship That Freed the American Mind,” by Samuel A. Schreiner Jr
“A New Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose,” by Eckhart Tolle.
“Gift from the Sea,” by Anne Morrow Lindberg.
“The Future of God A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times,”
by Deepak Chopra.
“Small Victories,” by Anne LaMott.
Books on Rev. Elaine's list of recommendations:
“Never Far From Home: Stories from the Radio Pulpit,” by Carl Scovel
“Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Victor Frankl
“Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time ,” by Marcus Borg
“Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality,” by Thomas Moore
“Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence — and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process,” by Irene Pepperberg
“The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying,” by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler Ross
“Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers,” by Jacques Vallee
“The Case for God,” by Karen Armstrong
“How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals,”by Sy Montgomery
“The Star Thrower,” by Loren Eiseley
“The Left Hand of Darkness,” by Ursula K. LeGuin
“Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea,” by Mark Kurlansky
“Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility,”by James Carse
“Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens,”
by Marianne Williamson
“It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It,” by Robert Fulghum
"Lifecraft: The art of Meaning in the Everyday," by Forrest Church
Rev. Telos's list:
“Learning to Fall: Blessings of an Imperfect Life,” by Phillip Simmons
“Living by the Word,” by Alice Walker
“Think on These Things,” by Kirshnamurti
“How Good Do We have To Be?” by Harold Kushner
“Crossing Open Ground,” by Barry Lopez
“On That Day Everybody Ate,” by Margaret Trost
“Black Elk Speaks,” by Neihardt
“Turning to One Another,” by Margaret Wheatley
“Final Gifts,” by Maggie Callanan
“The Art of Dying,” by Patricia Weenolsen
“Plan B - Further Thoughts on Faith,” by Anne Lamott
“Germinal,” by Emile Zola
“Blessed Unrest,” by Paul Hawken
“The Dream of the Earth,” by Thomas Berry
“Eternal Echoes,” by John O’Donohue
“Everything Belongs,” by Richard Rohr
“Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” by Jean-Dominique Bauby