Book Club: News

Six of us met by Zoom on Wednesday to discuss ” Falling Upwards” by Richard Rohr.

Were joined by a new member for a few minutes. Unfortunately we could see her but not hear her! We look forward to her meeting with us soon.

The basic message of Falling Upward is simple: We all come to a crisis in our lives; with God’s help we can work through this crisis and come to a space of spiritual refreshment, peace and compassion that you could not have imagined before.

Rohr references many examples from the Bible of this. We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right.

The falling will happen to all, but the growth in the second half of life doesn’t necessarily happen. If you welcome it then you will hear a deeper voice of God than you have heard before.

Our criticisms were: Rohr takes a long time to give this simple message; are there two distinct phases in life? and his view that many in the Church are stuck in the first phase of life.

We agreed the following programme for the autumn term:

  • September, Genesis Ch 1-3.
  • October, The Poetry of Seamus Heaney.
  • November, The Grapes of Wrath ” John Steinbech.
  • December, Wildlife Poetry.

All above should be on the 4th Wednesday of the month. I will confirm dates and venue nearer the time; I have emailed the Xaverian centre asking what their position is on opening.

We meet next by Zoom on Wednesday 22nd July at 1.30 to discuss ” Summer Poems “

Book club news

On the 19th February we discussed the ” Shepherd’s Life ” by James Reebanks.

The following quote from the National Geographic is apt “A gorgeous book, unsentimental, vivid and profound.”

We next meet on the 18th March to discuss Poetry – Lost and Found.

We have decided to interpret this theme very widely; perhaps just a poem new to you that you have found; or indeed any poem that you have found, that you like.

We have collected £20.65 over the last couple of months for the Carmelite India fund; I will pass this onto Jenny. Many thinks to those who have contributed to this great cause.

Our book club is open to everyone. Read along with us, then come and share your thoughts and observations.

Book club news

On Wednesday 22nd January, eight of us met to read the poetry of Benjamin Zephania.

We found he has a fertile imagination and is interested in everything; he doesn’t let protocol or tradition get in his way.

He uses poetry to fight against a variety of injustices. He has a great sense of humour and a love of nature.

We next meet on the 19th February to discuss; ” The Shepherd’s Life- A tale of the Lake District.” by James Reebanks.

This is being serialised on Radio 4 extra this week , if you have the BBC sounds app you can get it on catch up. I am sure no-one in the group will cheat and avoid reading the book!