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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Dec. 15, 10am

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

This has been postponed till Jan 19 due to the Nancy Moore memorial service.

All who are interested are welcome to come on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10am the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss “Madame Blavatsky : the mother of modern spirituality” by Gary Lachman.

“A thoughtful biography of one of the most polarizing pioneers of alternative spirituality, the occult-mystic Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

Pioneer. Visionary. Provocateur. Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky—mystic, occult writer, child of Russian aristocrats, spiritual seeker who traveled five continents, and founder (with Henry Steel Olcott) of the Theosophical Society—is still being hailed as an icon and scorned as a fraud more than 120 years after her death. But despite perennial interest in her life, writings, and philosophy, no single biography has examined the controversy and legacy of this influential thinker who helped define modern alternative spirituality—until now.

Gary Lachman, the acclaimed spiritual biographer behind volumes such as Rudolf Steiner and Jung the Mystic, brings us an in-depth look at Blavatsky, objectively exploring her unique and singular contributions toward introducing Eastern and esoteric spiritual ideas to the West during the nineteenth century, as well as the controversies that continue to color the discussions of her life and work.”

We hope to see you Dec. 15, in the Brackett room at 10am.

For more information, contact Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe.

 

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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Nov. 17, 10am

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

All who are interested are welcome to come on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10am the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss “Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery” by Starhawk. Starhawk is a peace activist and leader in feminist/Goddess spirituality.

The book is described as being “An examination of the nature of power that offers creative alternatives for positive change in our personal lives, our communities, and our world.”

We hope to see you Nov. 17, in the Brackett room at 10am.

For more information, contact Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe.

 

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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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