Category: Book Groups

8/5/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will meet on Sunday, August 5th, 9:30am-10:30am in the library (Elmore Room) at KUUF when we will be discussing the stimulating and controversial book by Michael Pollan: “How to Change Your Mind – What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” – as usual, you are welcome to come and participate or simply listen — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

 

 

 

 

 

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6/3/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 3rd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing the book: Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love by Lonni Pratt and Daniel Homan.  This highly praised book has applications well beyond the Benedictine Monastery tradition to being truly welcoming and accepting in groups and organizations in general as well as in our personal relationships.  As usual you are welcome to come and participate or to just listen  —Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5/6/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, May 6th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF.  We have two books we chose for this meeting (since we will not have met in two months):  The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, by Micheal Pollan and… 2. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, Now They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst.  These books have kindled my awareness of a whole dimension of life and communication among plants, and the complex relationship between plants and humans. As usual, come to just listen or to participate to your comfort level, Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

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4/1/2018: Truth Quest Book Group – No Meeting

Next meeting: Sunday, May 6th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF

Please be aware the Truth Quest Book Group will NOT be meeting on Sunday April 1st as that is Easter Sunday.  We will next meet on Sunday, May 6th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF – since we are going two months this time between meetings, we have chosen two books for our May 6th meeting (both reflecting a Spring-relevant theme of plants and trees:  1. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, by Micheal Pollan and… 2. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, Now They Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com360-981-8826

3/12/2018: Women Who Love to Read – The Golden Sun

Monday, March 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Phyllis Millard’s house.

We are reading The Golden Son by Shilpi Somay Gowda.

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family’s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.

Back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever.

Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

lnybyh@yahoo.com

Book Links: Amazon | Good Reads

03/04/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group – The Universe Is A Green Dragon

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting Sunday, March 4th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing “The Universe Is A Green Dragon,” by Brian Swimme. As usual, you are welcome whether or not you have had a chance to read the book —

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

 

Communicating his ideas in the form of a classical dialogue between a youth and a wise elder, cosmologist Brian Swimme crafts a fascinating exploration into the creativity suffusing the universe. His explication of the fundamental powers of the cosmos is mystical and ecstatic and points directly to the need to activate one’s own creative powers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Links: Amazon | Good Reads

02/12/2018: Women Who Love To Read – How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Phyllis Millard’s Home

We are reading How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown

The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about.

A heartfelt and personal journey filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?

We are meeting at Phyllis Millard’s house.

Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

lnybyh@yahoo.com

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon

02/04/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group – Being Peace

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, Feb 4th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF.  We have chosen to discuss the classic book by the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master, Thich Nhat Hanh, “Being Peace.”   Please come and participate or just to listen – Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

 

Since its publication in 1987, “Being Peace” has become a classic of contemporary religious literature. In his simple and readable style, Thich Nhat Hanh shows how our state of mind and body can make the world a peaceful place. We learn to transform the very situations that pressure and antagonize us into opportunities for practicing mindfulness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Links: Amazon | Good Reads

01/17/2018: The Men’s Book Club – Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sundstein

Wednesday, 7pm, Bremerton

The MENS’ BOOK CLUB meets the third Wednesday of every month to discuss a reading selection, current events, and the passages of our lives.  People take turns hosting a gathering and the host supplies food and beverages.  Books are chosen by consensus from titles that are out in paperback or in E-versions. Contrary to vicious rumors that occasionally pop up, many to most of us do read the book!  Reading the book is not required to attend.

The January meeting will be hosted by Ian Becke on January 17, 2018. The reading selection is Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sundstein.

For information or locations, call, text or email Mack Johnson: (360) 649-1712  telemackj@gmail.com

 

Every day we make choices—about what to buy or eat, about financial investments or our children’s health and education, even about the causes we champion or the planet itself. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nudge is about how we make these choices and how we can make better ones. Using dozens of eye-opening examples and drawing on decades of behavioral science research, Nobel Prize winner Richard H. Thaler and Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein show that no choice is ever presented to us in a neutral way, and that we are all susceptible to biases that can lead us to make bad decisions. But by knowing how people think, we can use sensible “choice architecture” to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society, without restricting our freedom of choice.

 

 

 

 

Book Links: GoodReads | NY Times

 

 

01/08/2018: Born a Crime

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Carolee Effron’s Home

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

 

We are meeting at Carolee Effron’s house.

Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556 or at lnybyh@yahoo.com

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon

1/7/2018: The Truth Quest Book Group – A Year To Live, How To Live This Year As If It Were You Last

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting Sunday, Jan 7th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing  “A Year To Live, How To Live This Year As If It Were You Last,” by Stephen Levine.  As usual, you are welcome whether or not you have had a chance to read the book —

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

In his new book, Stephen Levine, author of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us how to live each moment, each hour, each day mindfully–as if it were all that was left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our view of the world and forces us to examine our priorities. Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. It is an exercise that gives us the opportunity to deal with unfinished business and enter into a new and vibrant relationship with life. Levine provides us with a year-long program of intensely practical strategies and powerful guided meditations to help with this work, so that whenever the ultimate moment does arrive for each of us, we will not feel that it has come
too soon.

 

 

 

 

Book Links: Penguin Random House | Good Reads

 

12/20/2017: The Men’s Book Club – Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Wednesday, 7pm, Bremerton

The MENS’ BOOK CLUB meets the third Wednesday of every month to discuss a reading selection, current events, and the passages of our lives.  People take turns hosting a gathering and the host supplies food and beverages.  Books are chosen by consensus from titles that are out in paperback or in E-versions. Contrary to vicious rumors that occasionally pop up, many to most of us do read the book!  Reading the book is not required to attend.
Our December gathering is at the home of Frank Seehale on Wednesday, December 20; the book is Giant of the Senate by Al Franken.
For information or locations, call, text or email Mack Johnson: (360) 649-1712  telemackj@gmail.com
#1 New York Times Bestseller
“Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book – also unusual – because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy.” – Louise Erdrich, The New York Times

From Senator Al Franken – #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum – comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

 

 

 

 

Book Links: GoodReads | Amazon

12/11/2017: Women Who Love to Read

Monday, 12:30pm, Olalla – Lene Hajek’s home in Olalla 

MONDAY, December 11, 2017 AT 12:30

This month we celebrate our Xmas party at Lene Hajek’s home in Olalla

We get together for lunch and we do NOT discuss a book

We do, however, collect children’s books to be donated to the Bremerton Foodline

Notice the earlier time and that this is a pot-luck lunch.

 

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

lnybyh@yahoo.com