Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Reading for Adult Religious Education


 

 
Although adult faith development classes are on break until January, please make note (and update your Christmas list accordingly) that we have some great book discussions planned for 2014! Get your books early just in case the winter weather keeps you stuck indoors with some extra reading time! Three books for 2014 are:
 
 

"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz - Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs, this book has inspired many people of varied faiths and backgrounds. Don Miguel Ruiz gives four principles to practice in order to create love and happiness in your life. Adopting and committing to these agreements is simple. Actually living and keeping these Four Agreements can be one of the hardest things you will ever do. It can also be one of the most life changing things you will ever do.
 
 
 
 
Front Cover"Behind the Kitchen Door" by Saru Jayaraman -"Sustainability is about contributing to a society that everybody benefits from, not just going organic because you don't want to die from cancer or have a difficult pregnancy. What is a sustainable restaurant? It's one in which as the restaurant grows, the people grow with it."—from Behind the Kitchen Door
 
Blending personal narrative and investigative journalism, Jayaraman shows us that the quality of the food that arrives at our restaurant tables depends not only on the sourcing of the ingredients. Our meals benefit from the attention and skill of the people who chop, grill, sauté, and serve. Behind the Kitchen Door is a groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out.

 
 
"Ethics for the New Millenium" by the Dalai Lama - In a difficult, uncertain time, it takes a person of great courage, such as the Dalai Lama, to give us hope. Regardless of the violence and cynicism we see on television and read about in the news, there is an argument to be made for basic human goodness. According to the Dalai Lama, our survival has depended and will continue to depend on our basic goodness. Ethics for the New Millennium presents a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, irrespective of religious beliefs. Though he himself a practicing Buddhist, the Dalai Lama's teachings and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us—Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or atheist—to a happier, more fulfilling life.