Spirituality & Metaphysical Book Club
The third Saturday of each month, we will gather to discuss a book that will assist us with our spiritual evolution and journey or our understanding of the metaphysical. The books will come from a diversity of faith traditions and spiritual writers. Recommendations are welcome from those attending the group. You are responsible for the purchase and pre-reading of the book. Coffee and hot water for tea as well as Crystal Light will be provided.
Time 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Suggested Donation $5
January -- Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed by Sonia Choquette
Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years, Sonia Choquette had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues. And sympathy was not forthcoming. “You’re a world-renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide,” people jeered. “How could you not have seen this coming?” Having intuitive abilities didn’t make her superhuman, however. Nor did it exempt her from being wounded or suffering the pain of loss and the consequences of our all-too-human traits such as anger, resentment, and pride—traits that can lead even the best of us to stray from our spiritual path.
February -- Somebodies and Nobodies: Robert W. Fuller presents a watershed work calling for a dignitarian movement based on reverence for the personhood of all people.
March -- Dancing with Your Dragon: The Art of Loving Your Unlovable Self: Shaeri Richards leads you on a simple yet profound journey toward self-worth and unconditional love. Filled with playfulness, wisdom, and compassion, this book offers a plethora of practical ways to get to know yourself more completely, and to fully accept whatever you find hidden inside. The many stories, metaphors, and simple practices in this book are designed to help expand your awareness, while opening your heart to the deeper layers or your being. If you embrace what “Dancing with your Dragon” has to offer, you will learn the art of loving yourself―even when you don’t.
April -- Silence : The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise -- The Zen master and one of the world's most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource--silence--to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.
Many people embark on a seemingly futile search for happiness, running as if there is somewhere else to get to, when the world they live in is full of wonder. To be alive is a miracle. Beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. To hear the call of beauty and respond to it, we need silence.
Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places. This gift of silence doesn't require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness--and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want, the keys to happiness and well-being.
May -- Thank You for Being Such a Pain: Mark I. Rosen presents specific strategies for allowing difficult relationships to be teachers.
June -- In The Fatigue Artist by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Laura is a 40-year-old novelist living in Manhattan who comes down with chronic fatigue syndrome. The illness opens her up to new possibilities. In Tai Chi classes, she learns about flexibility and rooting herself in the earth. She visits an herbalist and tries homeopathy. The illness is a catalyst to her transformation both as a woman and as an author.
July -- Awakening the Spirit, Inspiring the Soul: Editors Wayne Teasdale and Martha Howard reveal the common insights gained by spiritual pioneers who have experienced different religious traditions.
August -- Revelations by Sophy Burnham is a novel about an Episcopal minister in the 1950s who has a vision of God. His congregation and the Bishop are uncomfortable with his revised understanding of the Gospel. This story asks us to consider the meaning of visions, especially when they challenge conventional theology and ecclesiastical stability.
September -- Stories of Awe and Abundance: A collection of short pieces about everyday spirituality in which Sister Jose Hobday reveals herself to be an amazingly gifted practitioner of wonder.
October --She Who Is: Elizabeth A. Johnson, writing from the perspective of many women's experiences, reconceptualizes God as holy mystery.
November At the Root of This Longing: Carol Lee Flinders sees yearning as a key ingredient in the recasting of women's activism.
December -- The Book of Secrets: Deepak Chopra probes the mysteries of life and the many meanings that lie within us all.