Spiritual Book Club

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Welcome to Spiritual Book Club, glad you're here!

Glad you're here, here's what we're reading this year....

 

For the love of a great book, a great song, a great cause...

 

January: The Fifth Gospel by Stephen Patterson

 

February: Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani 

 

March 12: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

 

April 9: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss Our discussion for April, with The History of Love involved how we as humans can be involved in the lives of others, can influence the lives of others, without our ever knowing it. Fascinating discussion. A number of our #SpiritualBookClub friends from afar wanted to come and discuss this book in particular.

 

April 10-11, 2015--Our friends at New Covenant Community are offering this event, open to the public: "The Other Bible: Early Christianity Beyond the Canon" --You can read more about the speakers and register, for the best rate, via this link http://www.westarinstitute.org/events/normal-2015/

May 3: Our editor will be preaching at St Luke Union Church in Bloomington, IL at 10:30am on this day, all are invited if you want to join us. 

May 14--We will be looking towards Japan.

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey by 

  Marie Mutsuki Mockett (Author) @MarieMockett --very excited about this book that reads like butter, enjoy! (It's a new book but Amazon has used copies)

 

June:

Please note June 4,5,and 6 the Hindu Temple of Bloomington-Normal will be dedicating their Moorthis. 

 

Also, we will try to line up Dr.Ashlesha Raut to come and speak with our group either for July or August.

See more about Dr. Raut here: http://ayurvedaforhealing.com/

 

June 11  The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice

by Thich Nhat Hanh and Larry Dossey

 

June 26 will be celebrated as Leonard Peltier Day, for the 16th Annual Ogala Commemoration. We read his book Prison Writings. You can see more here. 

 www.oglalacommemoration.com 

 

July:

July 9 Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism by Evan T. Pritchard (Bear & Company) is a masterwork of insight and inspiration distilling the wisdom of winged spiritual teachers as interpreted by Native Americans in stories and rituals

 

We're still deciding books for August 13 and Sept 10

Save the Date:

Brian McLaren - September 16-17, 2016-- World renowned speaker, activist, public theologian, leading figure in the “emerging church” movement. Details about this event will appear in early 2016  at New Covenant Community. McLaren's  the author of these books, among others: 

We Make the Road by Walking
Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?
Everything Must Change and many other books

 

Prayer for today: 

God of Light and Love,

You, the One, we seek to draw closer to, understand more

help us in our reading and reflecting to seek wisdom and big-heartedness, to 

choose compassion over judgment, to choose grace.

Thank You for the gifts of this life, the surprises, the struggles that strengthen

us in the process, the authors who inspire us, the friends who make the journey worthwhile.

Thank You for this day. Amen.

 

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Local Spiritual Book Club Meeting: 2nd Thursday of each month: We meet at 12:00pm for lunch Denny's on Oakland Avenue, at the southeast corner of Oakland and Veteran's Parkway, Bloomington, IL. You are welcome to join us if you're in the Heartland. 

 

See our latest interviews on our blog of over 200 interviews at

"Real Life, Real People, Real Spirituality" here or click on Interviews button above. Blessings! 

 

We've been thinking about bravery lately, people with courage...

 

"Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” 
-Erica Jong

 

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.” 
- Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith

 

“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.” -Madeleine L'Engle

 

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” - Thucydides