Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunities

 

“A Spark of Light”
Discussion led by Margaret Synhorst
Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation and, hopefully, understanding.

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July 13
Amazon: $12.99 for Kindle; $4.40 & up for used; $10.29 new.
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“Here If You Need Me: A True Story”
Led by Sandi Heilman
This is the story of Kate Braestrup’s remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness – as she holds her family together in the wake of her husband’s death, as she pursues his dream of becoming a minister and as she ultimately finds her calling as a chaplain to search-and-rescue workers. Her story is dramatic, funny and deeply moving – an uplifting account of finding God through helping others and of the small miracles that happen every day when a heart is grateful and love is restored.

 

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July 27
Amazon: $1.99 for Kindle; $1.24 & up for used; $10.19 new.
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“The Invention of Wings”
Discussion led by Susan Putt
This historical novel is set in motion on Sarah Grimke’s 11th birthday in 1803, when her parents give her ownership of enslaved 10-year-old Handful, who is to be her waiting maid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. While the story is considered historical fiction, Monk has done her homework and most of what the storyline contains is actually true. As an added dimension, we will have joining us the manager of the historical home in which the Grimkes lived in Charleston (now known as the Heyward-Washington House) to share additional insight and perspective.

 

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Aug. 10
Amazon: $9.99 on Kindle; $4.19 & up for used paperback; $11.99 new.
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“An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith”
Discussion led by Rev. Dr. Roger Pierce
The author shares how she learned to encounter God far beyond the walls of the church. She reveals meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see, from simple practices such as walking, working and prayer. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of meditation if we pay attention to what we’re doing and take time to notice the sights, smells and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection. Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries. As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives, we begin to discover altars everywhere we go, in nearly everything we do. Through Taylor’s expert guidance and delicate, thought-provoking prose, we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down and revere the world we live in.

 

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Aug. 24
Amazon: $13.99 on Kindle; $2.72 & up for used; $10.29 new.
 

 

 

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“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Discussion led by Rev. Dr. Evy McDonald
A book written by a white woman talking to white people about racism. She covers many different things surrounding racism and how race is handled. The book gives a lot of food for thought and challenges white people, especially white middle-aged women, on how they react to certain situations.

 

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Tuesdays Aug. 4, 11, 18 and Wed. Aug. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Amazon: $10/Kindle; $12.25/paperback.
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“Grief: God’s Help in Times of Sorrow” 
Discussion led by Margaret Synhorst, Marge Sogn, & Judy Boroto
Whether you’re supporting a grieving friend or mourning a loss of your own, these studies from Psalms will help you express what you’re feeling and lead you to the arms of our compassionate God, who weeps with us, listens to our cries and understands our pain.

 

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4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Aug. 5 (9 weeks)
No additional book is necessary.
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