May 07, 2009

Book Club Was Great

Thursday morning....really, already? I haven't blogged about the Taste and See Book Club on Monday night. The book we are reading is The Cloister Walk, by Kathleen Norris. The treats covered the gammut, we had amazing fruit, veggies, green chile and cheese bake and amazing citrus bars. We had a great time and great conversation discussing the book. The concensus was the first several chapters were a bit hard to understand, but once we got into it we have been amazingly blessed. The Cloister Walk is basically a memoir, which has some great life experience in it from Kathleen, but what we all loved and are loving are the lessons from the Benedictine Monks. In our first third of the book Kathleen has found her faith and is walking through the journey as a visitor at a Monestary. The lessons are rich and full, I don't want to miss one.

Two exerts:

" ...the monastic perspective welcomes time as a gift from God, and seeks to put it to good use rather than allowing us to be used up by it. A friend who was educated by the Benedictines has told me that she owes to them her sanity with regard to time. "You never really finish anything in life," she says, "and while more than any other people I know, insist that there is time in each day for prayer, for work, for study, and for play."

"I have lately realized that what went wrong for me in my Christian upbringing is centered in the belief that one had to be dressed up, both outwardly and inwardly, to meet God, the insidious notion that I need to be a firm and even cheerful believer before I dare show my face in "His" church. Such a God was of little use to me in adolescence, and like many women of my generation I simply stopped going to church when I could no longer be "good," ..." Kathleen Norris


*****Our next time to meet in just about two weeks we will read through page 236****
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Busy week, wonderful and busy. My early evenings have been full taking pictures this week and will continue to be finishing it out. My days full of editing and keeping up with my house. My mornings have started with study in Mark and continuing the Renovation of the Heart In Daily Practice, written by Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson, I can't thank my friend Karene enough for giving me that book for my birthday. It is truly an amazing devotional book.

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I have had several people ask me about the next women's Bible study at SHCC, starts on June 12, 10am, (Friday mornings for 6 weeks) we will be studying Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed by Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer and Kay Arthur. This is an adapted study of the Deeper Still Conference in 2007. There is a workbook that goes along with the video driven series. All women invited. Be sure and let me know if you plan to attend so I can order your workbook ($15). Sign up any time.

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