We will meet Mondays, March 2, and March 30, to discuss:
"Radical Acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of the Buddha,"
by Tara Brach
For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much--just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.
~ from Radical Acceptance
“Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering,” says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork--all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach’s twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.
Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations. Step by step, she leads us to trust our innate goodness, showing how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that is the essence of Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance does not mean self-indulgence or passivity. Instead it empowers genuine change: healing fear and shame and helping to build loving, authentic relationships. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives.
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Please check out our new spiritual/inspirational book library at the back of the church! We have copies of lots of the books we have read, all set for you to borrow.
If anyone sees a book they are interested in that we have read but don't see it there, please contact a book club member and we'll get you a copy to borrow!
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:
"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