Starting in March 2017! 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.
Wednesday, March 1st, 2:00pm
Gratitude is Oliver Sacks's meditation on why life enthralled him even as he faced the all-too-close presence of his own death, and how to live out the months that remained in the richest and deepest way possible.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2:00pm
Is it possible to live well when the very ground we stand on is shaky? Yes, says everyone's favorite Buddhist nun, it's even possible to live beautifully, compassionately, and happily on shaky ground and the secret is: the ground is always shaky.
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2:00pm
Mark Nepo, a cancer survivor, poet, and philosopher, urges readers to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter what the hardships. He issues a summons to reclaim the excitement of daily life, savor its beauty, and liberate the self--one day at a time.
Wednesday, June 7th, 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.
Wednesday, July 5th, 2:00pm
The bestselling author of "The Bastard of Instanbul" returns with a lyrical, imaginative new novel about the famous Sufi mystic Rumi.
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2:00pm
If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Power's eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misconceptions that were cleaving their communities.
Wednesday, September 6th, 2:00pm
Former boxing legend Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known and best-loved celebrities and an international good-will ambassador, offers inspiration and hope as he describes the spiritual philosophy that sustains him.
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.
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..
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.