The Book of Joy. The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
–Jo Ann Levitt 2/22/2021
Having our Say: the Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.
This charming memoir/biography was published in 1993, at which time the two sisters were 101 and 103 years old, with memory still firmly intact. Their reminiscences of growing up in a large family and pursuing education and professional careers when it was rare for black women are a gentle introduction for those of us with a different background of the difficult experiences of black folk in America. I came to love these women, their divergent personalities, humor and compassion. Please keep this book in circulation! – Terry Wise 2/5/2021
Status: 2/11/2021 – 1 copy available
The Second Mountain This popular author and columnist distinguishes 2 life journeys—that of the 1st Mountain, establishing ourselves in life, creating work, family and wealth and the 2nd Mountain, in which we turn more toward our spiritual journey. He calls the 1st mountain “self-centered,” and the 2nd mountain “other-centered,” and shows how family life, vocation, faith and community inter-weave with the potential for spiritual evolution in the 2nd life journey. – Jo Ann Levitt Status: 2/11/2021 – 1 copy available
Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr Noted author and spiritual guide, Rohr devises this work as a “Search for the True Self,” and then walks us through various phases of our faith journey, distinguishing between the True Self and the False Self, emphasizing the role that Love plays in our unfolding & reminding us that “All who love are born of God…” – Jo Ann Levitt
Status: 2/11/2021 – 1 copy available
Spiritual Formation by Henri Nouwen Published posthumously, this work is gathered and formulated from Nouwen’s prolific teachings by authors Christensen and Laird, who call it a “Primer for how to live a spiritual life.” Bringing forth some of the most salient of Nouwen’s teachings, there are chapters on how the Mind and the Heart both contribute to our formation as well as the role of prayer and silence. – Jo Ann Levitt
Status 2/11/2021 – 1 copy available
Summary from publisher: Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. Recommended by Board of Christian Education Status 2/24/2021 – 1 copy available
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Summary from publisher: Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned.
Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice. Recommended by Board of Christian Education
Status 2/24/2021 – 1 copy available