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Women’s Book Discussion Group

Women's Book Discussion GroupCurrent Book: ‘On the Brink of Everything’

A new Women’s Book Discussion Group began at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. 

The book is “On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old” by Parker J. Palmer, author of “Let Your Life Speak,” “The Courage to Teach,” “Healing the Heart of Democracy.”  It is available on Amazon.

Robin Carlson, our commissioned minister of Christian education, will guide this discussion, which will go through Sept. 18.

From Goodreads:

Drawing on eight decades of life — and his career as a writer, teacher, and activist — Palmer explores the questions age raises and the promises it holds. “Old,” he writes, “is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to dive deep into life, not withdraw to the shallows.”

But this book is not for elders only. It was written to encourage adults of all ages to explore the way their lives are unfolding. It’s not a how-to-do-it book on aging, but a set of meditations in prose and poetry that turn the prism on the meaning(s) of one’s life, refracting new light at every turn.

Women's Book Discussion Group

PAST BOOKS:

  • “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and the Son of the Slave Trade” by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan (April-May 2018)
  • “Grounded: Finding God in the World,” by Diana Butler Bass (February-March 2018)
  • “Lunch with Buddha,” by Roland Merullo (January-February 2018)
  • “Hallelujah Anyway,” by Anne Lamott (Summer-Fall 2017)
  • “Breakfast with Buddha,” by Roland Merullo (Summer 2017)
  • “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha,” By Tara Brach (March-May 2017)
  • “City of God: Faith in the Streets,” by Sara Miles (January-March 2017)
  • “Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People,” by Nadia Bolz-Weber (April-June 2016)
  • “Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can, Too,” by Molly Phinney Baskette (January 2015)
  • “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” By Gregory Boyle (September-November 2015)
  • “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” by Barbara Brown Taylor (Autumn 2015)
  • “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor
  • “Bad Girls of the Bible” by Barbara Essex
  • “Christianity For the Rest of Us” by Diana Butler Bass
  • “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “Having Men for Dinner: Biblical Women’s Deadly Banquets” by Nicole Wilkinson Duran
  • “Help, Thanks, Wow” by Anne Lamott
  • “Here If You Need Me” by Kate Braestrup
  • “Jesus Freak” by Sara Miles
  • “Pastrix” by Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • “Plan B” by Anne Lamott
  • “Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us” by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
  • “Speaking of Faith” by Krista Tippett
  • “Stitiches” by Anne Lamott
  • “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
  • “The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding” by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner
  • “Take This Bread” by Sara Miles
  • “The Faith Club” by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
  • “The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus” by Neil Douglas-Klotz
  • “The Invisible Girls” by Sarah Thebarge
  • “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver
  • “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young
  • “The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender” by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
  • “Traveling Mercies” by Anne Lamott
  • “Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia For All That Is” by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams
  • “Walking Home” by Sonia Choquette
  • “Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and its meaning for you” by Joan Chittister
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