Hello, friends. I’ve always wanted to be in a book club and never had the opportunity. Last month I accidentally started a track team (that is not a joke) and it got me thinking, why not start a book club? So I am, and I’m inviting you. This one will be online so no need to take off work, hire a sitter, or wake up early on a Saturday.
Here’s how it will work:
For this month, I’ve picked 3 books. Hopefully a few of you will send in suggestions for next month. You can read one or all of them between now and March 10, at which point I’ll host a conversation about each of them right here on the blog. Sounds easy, right?
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Before you skip out, please read the line I came across, “For the girls with messy hair and thirsty hearts.” How good is that dedication?! Immediately, I googled and found my way to this book, whose description reads, “Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair…” I’ve always loved the story of Peter Pan and am excited to return to Neverland! Who is with me? #imadork
The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Brene Brown. My friend Herci recommended this book to me last year and I started it and LOVED it. Work picked up, got busy, blah blah, somehow I didn’t finish it and now I’m excited to get it done.
Brown spent 10 years studying vulnerability and turned her extensive research into a fascinating book on our culture’s intolerance towards it. She submits our aversion to vulnerability leads us to struggle with perfection, extremism, and numbing.
As far as I know, Brown doesn’t profess to be religious, making her commentary on the importance of spirituality all the more interesting. At one point she says, “Spirituality without vulnerability is extremism.” Great insight!
Here is a video of her speaking:
Heart Speaks to Heart by Henri Nouwen. Aside from a profound appreciation for Nouwen, I thought this book would be the perfect way to prepare for Easter.
While living in a community of men with special needs, Nouwen met an elderly woman named Mammie, who ran the house. She encouraged him to write about the Sacred Heart (heart of Jesus) but Nouwen was uncomfortable and uninspired by the idea. Mammie continued to insist for years.
Eventually, Nouwen moved away to become a priest in Toronto, at which point he felt called to retreat to a monastery for Holy Week in order to connect with Jesus. Nouwen decided this would be the perfect time to try and write about the heart of Jesus. As the days approached, he realized he no longer wanted to write about the heart of Jesus, but rather, to the heart of Jesus. Instead of writing his thoughts on devotion to the heart of Christ, he asked Jesus to touch his heart and wrote about that experience.
“When Holy Thursday came, I began to write to Jesus- from heart to heart. I also wrote on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday. I did not look at any article or book. I simply prayed as I wrote and wrote as I prayed. It was easy; it came without effort. The words flowed out of me, and I realized that I was doing precisely what Mammie had hoped for from the very beginning. She wanted me to pray and to pray with my whole heart, and she knew that the heart of Jesus would open my heart for such prayer.”
Let me know if you’re “in” with a comment! See you March,10th;)(photo source: unknown)