Fresh Grief: Thoughts of Easter
Easter and grief, parts of life http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-susan-ballershepard/fresh-grief-thoughts-of-e_b_5150298.html

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April Spiritual Book Club book: The Untethered Soul
The Untethered Soul is our April #SpiritualBookClub book... follow us on Twitter @yoursbc

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"News that Stays News: Sustaining Our World Through Poetry"
Scott Poole, a Portland, Oregon metro-area poet, joins local Illinois poets Kathleen Kirk, Judith Valente, and Susan Baller-Shepard in celebration of National Poetry Month with “News That Stays News: Sustaining Our World Through Poetry” on April 22, 2014, Earth Day, at 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Normal

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Can't get enough of this band...St. Paul and The Broken Bones
http://www.npr.org/2014/03/20/289607137/from-preacher-to-grass-cutter-to-earth-shaking-soul-singer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gigZGc4KucE

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Our 2014 #Spiritual Book Club books.... January: Mindful Resilience: Navigating the Labyrinth of Change in Times of Challenge by Pamela Cotton. Her site is: http://www.mindfulresilience.com February: The Wizard of Us, by Jean Houston March: Zealot by Reza Aslan April: The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer April will also find us @FFWgr at festival.calvin.edu for a fab line up of authors including our friends Ruth H. Everhart, Judith Valente, and MaryAnn McKibben Dana br>Here's the reading ground we've covered so far, and what we read in 2013...how about you?
Join us, won't you?
Join our conversation on Facebook, or Twitter@yoursbc ...we'll keep the light on for you....
2013-A Year of Great Books! Here's what we've read and where we're heading in reading....

January  Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land by the Rev. Ruth Everhart
Our group loved Ruth's honesty as she tells about her real emotions visiting these ancient places
A member of our Spiritual Book Club said it was a compelling book that she was still thinking about, and we decided it was a great one to prompt discussion.
 
March 14 a little book about believing: The Transformative Healing Power of Faith, Love, and Surrender By Cash Peters  This book is about Cash's trip to visit John of God in Brazil, and to look into powers of healing, etc. www.cashpeters.com If you don't know Cash, he's a great guy with many talents, former radio host, etc. Those of you in the UK know him better, I think, than those of us in the U.S.

April 18- Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott --Yep, we love her writing, her wordsmithery, her wit and with this one, she doesn't disappoint

May 9 Seven Sacred Pauses  by Macrina Wiederkehr

June 13 Sabbath by Wayne Muller

July 11 Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr

August 8 Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

Sept 12

The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family by Andrew Himes

http://www.amazon.com/The-Sword-Lord-Fundamentalism-American/dp/1453843752


And two months of "Author Amongst Us" with authors Judith Valente and Gunter Nitsch:

October 10 Atchison Blue by Judith Valente
http://www.amazon.com/Atchison-Blue-Search-Silence-Spiritual/dp/1933495588

See also her fabulous book "The Art of Pausing"

November 1-3, 2013 
Sister Simone Campbell (of “Nuns on the Bus” fame) will be the speaker   the weekend of November 1-3, 2013. Between now and then, she and the nuns are getting back on the bus to speak out about common sense immigration reform. Here's more about Sister Simone: http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/05/01/%E2%80%98nuns-bus%E2%80%99-will-hit-road-immigration-reform  
November 14: Weeds Like Us by Gunter Nitsch
 
December 12 bring something which reminds you of the Divine

Save the date: April 10-12, 2014 Festival of Faith & Writing 
Spiritual Book Club swag available @
our store:
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 backpacks, tshirts, coffee mugs, etc.
 
2nd Thursday of each month: We meet at 12:30pm for lunch 
Denny's on Oakland Avenue, at the southeast corner of Oakland and Veteran's Parkway, Bloomington, IL.
We have the back room reserved.
You can follow us on www.twitter.com/yoursbc
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See our latest interviews on our blog of over 200 interviews
"Real Life, Real People, Real Spirituality"


Check out some of our book lists: lists.spiritualbookclub.com 

"Always I marvel at you, you blessed ones,--at your demeanor,
the way you bear transient jewels with eternal ease."--Rainer Maria Rilke


Prayer for Today:
With all our breath, with all our energy,
with the light that is within us
may we turn to You O God
for guidance, for courage to make change,
for willingness to "play big" as, and only as,
You would have us do.
For the blessings You have bestowed
thanks. May we be a blessing to others.
May it be so.


"In the end, the sight of goodness undeterred has more power than all the forces on earth arrayed against it." -from Welcome to the Wisdom of the World by Joan Chittister (Eerdmans) 

"All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small"--Lao-Tsu

"...there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!"--2 Corinthians 5:17

"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning."--Albert Camus
 
"What are you looking for?" -John 1:38

"Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe." --Tao Te Ching

"God won't be lived like some light morning.
Whoever climbs down the shaft must give up
earth's repleteness for the craft of mining:
stand hunched and pry him loose in tunnels."--Rainer Maria Rilke

  peace shanti salaam pax shalom



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