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.

 

 

Silent Spring Cover Image
By Rachel Carson, Linda Lear (Introduction by), Edward O. Wilson (Afterword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618249060
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 22nd, 2002

Wednesday, June 6th, 2:00pm

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson's passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement.

 


Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451636024
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 16th, 2015

Wednesday, July 4th, 2:00pm

From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives.


Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 1st, 2014

Wednesday, August 1st, 2:00pm

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer asks questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.