Take that next step on your Journey!
We have a variety of spiritual growth opportunities at St. Luke’s, and we invite you to join us!
· Alternate Thursday evenings
· Leader: Frank Morgan
The Thursday Night Bible Study Group is currently studying some ad hoc topics and meeting intermittently during the summer months. In the Fall, consider joining us as we study Augustine’s Confessions.
Contact Frank Morgan with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org/703-360-0807). We hope you can join us on alternate Thursdays at 7:30 pm in St. Luke's Library to begin discussing the book. Please check the Calendar for dates.
St. Luke’s Book Study Group to Read and discuss Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, by David Brooks
NEXT MEETING July 23, 2019 at 7 pm in the Library
In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.
In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it’s also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme—and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.
About the Author. David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on "PBS NewsHour," NPR's "All Things Considered" and NBC's "Meet the Press." He teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the bestselling author of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement; Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There; and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. He has three children and lives in Maryland.
Please join us as we read and discuss Second Mountain. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday June 25th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the St. Luke’s library. The book is available in paperback through your favorite online bookseller, with used copies available. It’s also available for e-reader. It’s over 300 pages, so we’ll ready the first half for discussion on the 25th, and discuss the second half at the next meeting on July 23. Bring recommendations for the next book. Please email George Omohundro at email@example.com with any questions. We hope to have you with us.
Summer reading: our next book!
“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
The only way to survive is to open your heart.