GMHA Book Group
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September's selection is Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle. Dover Thrift edition available for download from Amazon for .99. Also recommended, Mirabai Starr's modern, poetic translation.
Coming up over the next months: Barbara Brown Taylor's, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. Gabrielle Bernstein's bestseller, The Universe Has Your Back; Jay Lombard's The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the Soul; Vicki Noble's Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess Through Myth, Art, and Tarot, and HeatherAsh Amara's Warrior Goddess Training. Meeting dates and times TBA.
From Publisher's Weekly: "Author of an acclaimed memoir (Leaving Church) and a gifted preacher, Taylor is one of those rare people who truly can see the holy in everything. Since everyone should know such a person, those who don't can—no, must—read this book, with its friendly reminders of everyday sacred. Taylor's 12 chapters mine the potentially sacred meaning of simple daily activities and conditions, like walking, paying attention, saying no to work one Sabbath day each week. Hanging laundry is setting up a prayer flag, for God's sake. Since Taylor, an Episcopal priest, no longer pastors a church, she can "do church" everywhere: in line at the grocery store interacting with the cashier, walking a moonlit path with her husband. Her candor is another of the book's virtues: she is a failure at prayer, and cannot explain why or how it is, or isn't, answered ("I do not know any way to talk about answered prayer without sounding like a huckster or a honeymooner"). Savor this book." Publisher's Weekly starred review
Starred Review: "Contextualizing scientific precepts with humanizing personal accounts of psychiatric patients -- and family members -- Lombard erects a much-needed bridge between science and faith." -- Booklist
"Dr Jay Lombard beautifully illustrates in The Mind of God that the answers to how our brain brings us the experience of mind and the universe lies at the very interface of science and faith. No book has ever addressed these important questions more reasonably and masterfully!" -- Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD.
The Motherpeace Tarot, co-created by Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble, renowned feminist scholars and artists whose gifts and influence defy easy summation, has been praised by Alice Walker as, " . . . a wise and loving oracle. A clear mirror, also, that constantly shows the truest face." Noble's book on the iconic deck revisits the images of the Major Arcana and themes of the Minor in order to "share a vision of hope and transformation." As we read, we'll make note of what images speak to us most urgently, and opportunities to seek both hope and transformation in what we find.
"Warrior Goddess Training is about becoming who we are meant to be, " says Toltec author and teacher HeatherAsh Amara, "by letting go of who we think we're supposed to be. . . . Come play, come explore, come go deeper into the heart of who you truly are."
he Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
Best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein's empowering new book: "My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love." Engaging