We will meet Monday, June 22, via Zoom to discuss:
"Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World," by Pema Chadron
From the bestselling author of When Things Fall Apart, an open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times.
In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas--compassionate beings--in times of hardship.
Welcoming the Unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with--even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.
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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:
"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