Spiritual Book Club

welcome, reading books together for 16 years
glad you are here
welcome, reading books together for 16 years

Featured Books

Welcome to Spiritual Book Club, glad you're here in 2016!


In the midst of winter, it's such a great time to read great books!

Here's our 2016 Line Up so far:


January: No God But God by Reza AslanFebruary: 


The Buddha’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together, Her Story and Reader’s Companion

by Janet Surrey, PhD and Samuel Shem, MD



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Save the Date:

Brian McLaren - September 16-17, 2016-- World renowned speaker, activist, public theologian, leading figure in the “emerging church” movement, speaking  at New Covenant Community. McLaren's  the author of these books, among others: We Make the Road by Walking, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?, and Everything Must Change and many other books






Here's What We Read in 2015:


January The Fifth Gospel by Stephen Patterson


February Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani 


March 12 Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor


April 9 The History of Love by Nicole Krauss Our discussion for April, with The History of Love involved how we as humans can be involved in the lives of others, can influence the lives of others, without our ever knowing it. Fascinating discussion. A number of our #SpiritualBookClub friends from afar wanted to come and discuss this book in particular.


April 10-11, 2015--Our friends at New Covenant Community "The Other Bible: Early Christianity Beyond the Canon" --You can read more about the speakers and register, for the best rate, via this link http://www.westarinstitute.org/events/normal-2015/


May 3 Our editor will be preaching at St Luke Union Church in Bloomington, IL at 10:30am on this day, all are invited if you want to join us. 

May 14

We will be looking towards Japan.

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey by 

  Marie Mutsuki Mockett (Author) @MarieMockett --very excited about this book that reads like butter, enjoy! 


June 11  The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice

by Thich Nhat Hanh and Larry Dossey


July 9 Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism by Evan T. Pritchard (Bear & Company) is a masterwork of insight and inspiration distilling the wisdom of winged spiritual teachers as interpreted by Native Americans in stories and rituals



Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, Revised and Updated Editioby Deepak Chopra 

Dr. Ashlesha Raut came and spoke with our group about Ayurvedic Medicine

You can learn more about Dr. Raut's practice here: http://ayurvedaforhealing.com/




We read Better than Before by the amazing Gretchen Rubin (she's featured on our blog too, #43 at blog.spiritualbookclub.com) You can read more about Better than Before here:

Gretchen's web site is full of great insights, she and her sister Elizabeth have a very fun podcast, that'll get you thinking about your spiritual practice, and other practices as well.



What the Mystics Know:Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self by Richard Rohr  We've read and loved Richard Rohr's prior books Falling Upward and Everything Belongs, so we are looking forward to this one as well.




Nov 8 Oprah and Happiness Expert Gretchen Rubin Tune in Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT

We've been fans of Gretchen Rubin's for a long time, you can see her interview, which she'll be live tweeting on Sunday!

Nov 12 Laudato Si : On Care of Our Common Home by Pope Francis


Prayer for today: 

God of Light and Love,

You, the One, we seek to draw closer to, understand more

help us in our reading and reflecting to seek wisdom and big-heartedness, to 

choose compassion over judgment, to choose grace.

Thank You for the gifts of this life, the surprises, the struggles that strengthen

us in the process, the authors who inspire us, the friends who make the journey worthwhile.

Thank You for this day. Amen.


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Local Spiritual Book Club Meeting: 2nd Thursday of each month: We meet at 12:00pm for lunch Denny's on Oakland Avenue, at the southeast corner of Oakland and Veteran's Parkway, Bloomington, IL. You're welcome to join us if you're in the Heartland. 


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"Real Life, Real People, Real Spirituality" here or click on Interviews button above. Blessings! 


We've been thinking about bravery lately, people with courage...


"Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” 
-Erica Jong


“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.” 
- Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith


“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.” -Madeleine L'Engle


“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” - Thucydides