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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Oct 20, 10am

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

Here is a reminder–this Saturday at 10am the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit” by Daniel Quinn.

If you are running behind and haven’t picked up a copy of the book, you can read the PDF here: https://epdf.tips/ishmael09079bdb4c2712b0e124d8f7ef3e359c31925.html

We hope to see you Saturday, in the Brackett room at 10am.

– Tom Yelton and Leslie Lowe

 

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TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

The first time I read the ad, I choked and cursed and spat and threw the paper to the floor. Since even this didn’t seem to be quite enough, I snatched it up, marched into the kitchen, and shoved it into the trash. While I was there, I made myself a little breakfast and gave myself some time to cool down. I ate and thought about something else entirely. That’s right.

Then I dug the paper out of the trash and turned back to the Personals section, just to see if the damn thing was still there and just the way I remembered it. It was.

TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

So begins the novel “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit” by Daniel Quinn, chosen by the FPS Spirituality and Personal Development Book Club for our October meeting. Please join us October 20th at 10 am in the Brackett Room for a respectful, thoughtful and spiritual (maybe even enlightening?) group exploration of mind and spirit.

This year we plan to meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Books we have discussed at past meetings:

  • Byron Katie: Loving What Is: Four Questions that Can Change Your Life
  • Anita Moorjani: Dying to Be Me, What if this is Heaven?
  • Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
  • Dali Lama & Desmond Tutu: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • Gary Zukav: The Seat of the Soul
  • Viktor E. Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Kate Braestrup: Here if You Need Me: A True Story

Suggestions for future books include:

  • Jim Rohn: The Art of Exceptional Living
  • Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention, I Can See Clearly Now, Your Erroneous Zones, Being in Balance
  • Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now, A New Earth
  • Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich
  • Christine Northrup: Making Life Easy
  • Brene Brown: Daring Greatly
  • Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass
  • Mel Robbins: The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • Gabrielle Bernstein: The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear into Faith
  • Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos: You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters
  • Deepak Chopra: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
  • Pema Chodron: The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, When Things Fall Apart
  • Rick Warren: The Purpose Driven Life
  • Deepak Chopra: Quantum Healing
  • Matt Kahn: Whatever Arises, Love That
  • Steve Taylor: The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening
  • Mark Nepo: The Book of Awakening
  • Anthony William: Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal
  • Louise Hay: You Can Heal Your Life
  • Dan Harris: 10% Happier
  • Brian Weiss: Many Lives, Many Masters
  • Benjamin Hoff: The Tao of Pooh
  • John O’Leary: On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: No Mud, No Lotus
  • Rick Hanson: Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
  • Elizabeth Lesser: The Seekers Guide
  • Marianne Williamson: A Return to Love
  • Lama Surya Das: Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss and Spiritual Transformation
  • Robert Wright: Why Buddhism Is True
  • Starhawk: Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman
  • The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Breakfast with the Buddha – Roland Merullo
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

We hope you will join us. Talk to Tom Y, Leslie L, Bridget H, or Pamela S, for more info.

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Spirituality Book Group, Sept. 22, 10:30am

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

Spiritual Book Group Discussion on Saturday Sept. 22 10:30 am in the Brackett Room
Please join us for a discussion of Here if you need me: a True Story by Kate Braestrup.

Here is a description  of the book from Amazon.  “HERE IF YOU NEED ME is the story Kate Braestrup’s remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness – as she holds her family together in the wake of her husband’s death, pursues his dream of becoming a minister, and ultimately finds her calling as a chaplain to search-and-rescue workers. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable–an uplifting account of finding God through helping others, and of the small miracles that happen every day when a heart is grateful and love is restored.”

Several members of the book group are eager to get together after the summer hiatus.  Feel free to join us even if you haven’t finished the book.  It will be a good discussion.  Come contribute your thoughts on the book and your suggestions for our next book.

The Spiritual Book Group meets every 2 months on a Saturday morning. Contact Leslie Lowe with comments and questions.

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Spirituality and Personal Development Book Group, June 23, 10:30am

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

Spiritual Book Group Discussion on Saturday June 23 10:30 am

Join the Spiritual Book Group for a discussion on the book, Deep Work by Cal Newport. We are a group of seekers who gather every two to three months to talk about our book, and other important spiritual matters. Come on Sat June 24 10:30 am in Brackett Room at FPS when we will also make a list of books for the next year.

These are the books that we have read in the short lifespan of this group.

The seat of the soul : 25th anniversary edition / Gary Zukav
Dying to be me : my journey from cancer, to near death, to true healing / Anita Moorjani
The book of joy : lasting happiness in a changing world / His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams
Man’s search for meaning : an introduction to logotherapy / Viktor E. Frankl ; part one translated by Ilse Lasch ; preface by Gordon W. Allport.
Loving what is : four questions that can change your life / Byron Katie written with Stephen Mitchell
Peace is every step : the path of mindfulness in everyday life / Thich Nhat Hanh ; edited by Arnold Kotler

Please join us for the book discussion and the planning of the next books we will read.

Contact Melissa Stein or Leslie Lowe for more information on the Spiritual Book Group.

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Spiritual Book Group Discussion postponed

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

Join the Spiritual Book Group for a discussion on the book, Deep Work by Cal Newport.  We are a group of seekers who gather every two to three months to talk about our book, and other important spiritual matters.

We had scheduled this for June 9, but need to postpone the get-together. If you would like to be part of the decision about when to hold the book group, contact Leslie Lowe.

We are now opening up our reading list to fiction novels such as the following:

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman
The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz
Breakfast with the Buddha – Roland Merullo
Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

For more information, contact Leslie Lowe or Melissa Stein.

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Spirituality and Personal Development Book Group, June 9, 10:30am

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

Spiritual Book Group News April 11, 2018

The Spiritual Book Group is reading Deep Work- Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. “A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories - from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air - and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored."  Go to http://theshawnstevensonmodel.com/deep-work/ which is a podcast of The Model Health Show featuring an interview with Cal Newport.

Our next meeting on Saturday June 9 10:30 am-12 noon. Please come if you're interested in this topic even if you haven't had time to finish the book.  We will be ranking potential books to read for next year after we discuss Deep Work.  At our last meeting we decided to add fictional books as well.
These are the new additions which we might choose from:
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman
The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) - Don Miguel Ruiz
Breakfast with the Buddha - Roland Merullo
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

We meet about every 2-3 months on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30- noon in the Brackett Room.

Contact Melissa Stein or Leslie Lowe for more information on the Spiritual Book Group.

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