VB Reads...Living with Meaning

This book group aims to learn and share perspectives on what makes a meaningful life. Through readings and discussions on faith, spirituality, and wellness it hopes to inspire within us a courageous curiosity and an intimate understanding of the diverse spiritual approaches and practices towards wellbeing and balance. It aspires to do so by exploring a variety of genres, which include fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. Join us in the readings gallery the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm. Authors DO NOT attend.



The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143118527
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2011


Wednesday, August 2nd, 2:00pm

The bestselling author of "The Bastard of Instanbul" returns with a lyrical, imaginative new novel about the famous Sufi mystic Rumi.

Why Faith Matters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061633355
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Published: HarperOne - September 2009


Wednesday, September 6th, 2:00pm

A prominent rabbi blends the powerful personal story of his faith struggles during a fight to defeat cancer with a poignant response to the new atheists, in this work that points out that religion does have value in the modern world.

My Own Country: A Doctor's Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679752929
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Published: Vintage - April 25th, 1995

Wednesday, October 4th, 2:00pm

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City saw its first AIDS patient in August 1985. Working in Johnson City was Abraham Verghese, a young Indian doctor specializing in infectious diseases who became, by necessity, the local AIDS expert.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592858491
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Published: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services - October 4th, 2010

Wednesday, November 1st, 2:00pm

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequateIn her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough..

Man's Search for Meaning: Cover Image
By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780807014271
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - June 2006

Wednesday, December 6th, 2:00pm

Based on his experiences in Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz, from 1942 to 1945, Frankl's timeless memoir and meditation on finding meaning in the midst of suffering argues that man cannot avoid suffering but can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.