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Posted by: Melinda Keenan Wood on Thu, Sep 30, 2010
Fellow book readers, I learned from our last gathering that a new book was not selected for this month's reading. Let me offer a few suggestions and seek your thoughts, comments, recommendations so that we get going! Let me prompt your creative energies.
If we want to stay in the genre of Eat, Pray, Love, let me recommend to of my favorite authors: Anne Lamott whose book Traveling Mercies is one of my favorites. And Nora Gallagher, who I was turned on to because of my raving at how gifted Anne Lamott is in her writing and faith reflection. Trust me when I share that Nora Gallagher did not disappoint in Things Seen and Unseen which quickly moved to my top ten list.
To go a completely different direction--given the news over the past month, God has placed on my heart a desire to explore more deeply the tradition of the Muslim faith and the people around the world who come to know God most fully through its teaching. I also confess a profound ignorance about the Middle East which I know can easily contribute to my lack of understanding of our country's engagement in this part of the world. In that regard, let me suggest two amazing books: Nine Parts of Desire: the Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks and/or Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. Both of these books helped open a window to another part of God's world.
Melanie Aldridge has also recommended a book, but unfortunately I have completely spaced the title and author. Maybe in her response, she can add it to our list.
Ok, let me suggest that we pick our text over the next few days, and plan to gather at on Monday, October 25th. Nina and I will work on location and time. I have all the books in my office if you want to peruse through. Thanks, Lindy
· 7 years, 9 months ago
I would be interested in the Norah Gallagher book, or Nine Parts of Desire: the Hidden World of Islamic Women
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