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9704a9cf0c98fc22c047240f629e8b08Hello, 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?

Fiction

7514925Tiger 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

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Sociological

2545 THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTIONThe 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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UoMXF73j0c&list=PL363179C52AAC3147

Spiritual

1-59471-116-XHeart 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;)

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22 responses to “Book Club”

  1. CR says:

    I think the Tiger Lily option looks interesting:)

  2. heidiburkey says:

    I’m in! :)

  3. heidiburkey says:

    I’m in! Hopefully I can squeeze in all 3:)

  4. jenni says:

    Is it weird that Tiger Lily is the only book of the three that makes me excited and I for sure want to read!! I have a confession though, I didn’t bother really reading the intro’s to the others. I was stopped by Tiger Lily and since I know I can not read 3 books that quickly anyway, why read on? :) School is consuming my life so if I have any extra time after reading Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal system and my Performance Enhancement book then I am in! Great idea Cindy!!

    • YAY!! I’m SO glad you’re in! I’m hoping Tiger Lily can be a bit of a Potter fix. Thanks for taking it on with all you have your plate. I started it and I think it will be a great study break/escape for you. Tiger Lily kicks ass! You’ll love her!

  5. Sara says:

    I want to read all three! though realistically will probably get to one or two :)

  6. A- I’m totally in! For sure for Tiger Lily and hopefully for Heart to Heart. Or speaks to heart. You know what I mean. Did you ever have a heart-to-heart bear? Giant bear with a beating heart. My sister had one that I would secretly cuddle.

    B- Emily Owens has been cancelled?!? This is by far the worst news I’ve received all week. You introduced me to her and now she’s leaving?! This is just too much to take. Out of curiosity, were you a Micah or Will fan? I was all for Micah. Gosh, this really blows.

    • OH Katie, A I MISS YOU! Your comment had me rolling. Ok, No, I did not have a heart to heart bear and I remember being sad over it. Glad you could sneak your sisters.

      B, yes…it’s cancelled. I can’t even tell you how sad I am. I want to sign a petition or something…there must be a way to stop this! I can’t decide between the two. I do like Micah but she doesn’t seem to like him near as much…. guess that’s how life goes…which is WHY THE SHOW IS AMAZING! :( :(

      I”m so happy you are joining the club! We can do something together even though we are apart. Happy Valentine’s Day, friend!

  7. A- I’m totally in! For sure for Tiger Lily and hopefully for Heart to Heart. Or speaks to heart. You know what I mean. Did you ever have a heart-to-heart bear? Giant bear with a beating heart. My sister had one that I would secretly cuddle.

    B- Emily Owens has been cancelled?!? This is by far the worst news I’ve received all week. You introduced me to her and now she’s leaving?! This is just too much to take. Out of curiosity, were you a Micah or Will fan? I was all for Micah. Gosh, this really blows.

  8. Alecia says:

    I’m in! Probably for the Henri Nouwen and we’ll see about the others. I, too, have wanted to do a book club for years, but it’s never worked out. This will, I think. Thanks!

  9. Heather says:

    I’ve always wanted to do a book club. Cindy, I wish I COULD meet with you in person for book clubbing (because that would be even more awesome and I miss chatting with you!), but since I’m a good 3000 miles away, this totally works!! Tiger Lily sounds like a fun read and the Henry Nouwen one sounds really good. I’ll see what I can find and try to keep up with at least one of them. Fun idea Cindy!

  10. marisaisabel says:

    I’m in! I’ll try and read all three (being a working mom may trump my goal, but I hope to triumph!).

    P.S. I have always wanted to be in a book club, too!

  11. marisaisabel says:

    In! Will try for tiger lily and nouwen! Love book clubs!!!

  12. Annette says:

    Sounds gouda! I was looking for new books to read. Thumbs up dude.

  13. alyssa says:

    I’ve read a lot of Nouwen but never that one. I’m going to order it on amazon and prime-willing, will begin reading it in 2 days!

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