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Related Reading for Sunday, June 9

Our library in Hewett Centre is open every Sunday after service during Coffee Hour, and now the Library Team will be offering related reading lists based on the topic of Sunday service. Here is their list for the upcoming June 9 service.

VanU library books related to this Sunday’s sermon:

1. The Seasoned Soul: Reflections on Growing Older, by Eliza Blanchard, 2012, 204.4 BLA [From Skinner House Books; Using wise and inspiring quotations from many cultures and religious traditions, eighty-seven elegant essays provide guidance and encouragement for navigating life changes, dealing with fear, retaining dignity and passion, and living a life of meaning, helping all of us face the joys and challenges of aging with insight and grace].

2. The Song of the Bird, by Anthony De Mello, 1982, 248.4 DeM [Gift of Anne Ptolemy; 124 stories and parables from a variety of traditions, both ancient and modern, with each resonating with life lessons that can teach us inescapable truths about ourselves and our world, and with the author directing “Let the story speak to your heart, not to your brain”.]

3. Lifecraft: The Art of Meaning in the Everyday, by Forrest Church, 2001, 248.4 CHU [Beacon Press; A joyous book on the art of finding meaning in daily life].

4. Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life, by Philip Simmons, 2003, 291.4 [Donated by Gerta Moray; Philip Simmons, who was just thirty-five years old in 1993 when he learned that he had ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, was told he had less than five years to live, but nine years later, he has succeeded, against the odds, in learning the art of living, with this surprisingly joyous and spirit-renewing book, he chronicles his search for peace and his deepening relationship with the mystery of everyday life, with this offering us the gift of connecting more deeply and joyously with our own].

5. Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Study of Adult Development, by George E. Vaillant MD, 2003, 362.6 VAI [Gift of Phillip Hewett; In an unprecedented series of the most complete studies ever done, Harvard Medical School followed 824 subjects (men and women, some rich, some poor) from their teens to old age, with Harvard’s George Vaillant using these studies and the subjects’ individual histories to illustrate the factors involved in reaching a happy, healthy old age].

6. Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up, by James Hollis, 2005, 155.6 HOL [Jungian psychoanalyst James Hollis believes that it is only in the second half of life that we can truly come to know who we are and thus create a life that has meaning, with this book offering wisdom to anyone facing a career that no longer seems fulfilling, a long-term relationship that has shifted, or family transitions that raise issues of aging and mortality, to generally provide a reassuring message and a crucial bridge across this critical passage of adult development].

7. The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories, by Ernest Kurtz, 1992, 291.4 KUR [Gift of Carol Anne Owen; Steeped in the rich traditions of the Hebrew prophets and Greek thinkers, Buddhist sages and Christian disciples, this insightful work draws on the wisdom stories of the ages to provide an extraordinary wellspring of hope and inspiration].

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