Books and Bagels
Books and Bagels
(usually) Second Tuesday of the Month, 9:15 a.m., Ministry Center, Room 7
Join us when the topic intrigues you! Read the book ahead of time, and come to discuss the ideas that encouraged, inspired or challenged you.
Current and future books are available for sale in the Church Gift Shop (off the narthex, near the front doors off SeaGate). Also Kristi has a few copies to be borrowed and returned if you're interested!
September: Prayer, Our Deepest Longing by Ronald Rolheiser. We have copies at the Ministry Center, available free to borrow or by donation. This is a book for all manner of believers, whether your faith is solidly rooted, wavering between religion and adult faith, or just not sure what or whether to believe. It addresses topics that work against a healthy spiritual life. With simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers techniques for how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers. He encourages us with gentle kindness and words of hope and inspiration. The author, a Catholic priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, has a website: www.ronrolheiser.com
October: What's so funny about faith? by Jake Martin, SJ. This is a wry, heartfelt memoir filled with humorous anecdotes that span Martin's relatively young life: from his Catholic upbringing on the South Side of Chicago, to his hard-fought entry into the world of stand-up comedy, to his atheistic leanings as he moved further along in his comedic career, to his now strong belief that God is not only real but that God has a definite plan for his life—and that this plan for him just might include, ironically, both faith and humor! With chapters such as “Celibacy in the City” and “Live from New York, It’s . . . a Jesuit!”, Martin continually demonstrates not only the essential role humor has played in developing his own spiritual life, but the important role it can—and should—play in developing ours as well.
November: Wish You Were Here: travels through loss and hope by Amy Welborn. Here is the story of Amy Welborn’s trip to the island of Sicily with three of her children five months after her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack. Her journey through city and countryside, small town and ancient ruins, opens unexpected doors of memory and reflection, a pilgrimage of the heart and an exploration of the soul. It is an observant and wry memoir and travelogue, intensely personal yet speaking to universal experiences of love and loss.
Along the narrow roads and hairpin turns, the narrative reveals the beauty of the ordinary and the commonplace and asks stark questions about how we fill the empty places that a loved one leaves behind. It is a meditation on the possibility of faith, one that is unflinching, uncompromising, and altogether unsentimental when confronted by the ultimate test of belief. This book is not only a well-told memoir, but a testimony to the truth that love is stronger than death.
December: The Advent Book Swap, open to the parish community. Bring one or two gently used books, and find others to read and enjoy. Books do not need to be about the Catholic faith. The morning includes festive refreshments and conversation!
Past selections include:
August - Walk in a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Rupp. OR Discovering El Camino by Fr. Greg Markey.
June: The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlan
May: A Good Man is Hard to Find & Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
April - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
March - Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody by Alan Hunt
February - How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg, MS and Mark Robert Waldman
January - Thy Will be Done: Letters to Persons in the World by Saint Francis de Sales
Reaching Out by Henri Nouwen
My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, S.J.
What's so Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza
Five Years in Heaven by John Schlimm
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis