Category: Truth Quest Book Club

11/4/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, Nov 4th, 9:30am-10:30am in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  The book we selected for this meeting is “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine,” by Victoria Sweet –  an account of a slower paced, more attentive and wholistic kind of medicine than most of us currently receive, practiced at a hospital in San Francisco.
— As usual, you are welcome whether or not you’ve had a chance to read the entire book – Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

9/2/2018: Truth Quest Book Group

The Truth Quest Book Group will meet again on Sunday, Sept. 2nd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Library (Elmore Room) at KUUF.  Our book for this meeting is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr,  a winner of the Pulitzer Prize  and on the NY Times best seller list; the website pulitzer.com describes this novel as “An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.”  You are welcome whether you want to just listen or join the discussion — Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com, 360-981-8826

 

 

 

 

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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

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

02/04/2018: 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

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

 

12/3/2017: The Truth Quest Book Group – The Book of Joy

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – There Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting this Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing  “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Please come to just listen or join the discussion, regardless of whether you have been able to read the book –

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity.
 
The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now that they are both in their eighties, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.

Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and humor how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of life.

 

 

Book Links: Penguin Random House | Good Reads

11/05/2017: The Truth Quest Book Group – Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, November 5th, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF.  We will be discussing “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande, MD.   As usual, please feel free to come to just listen or to participate as much or as little as you wish.

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

It began with a tingle in the surgeon’s fingers and a pain in his neck. A couple of years later, he learned he had a tumor inside his spinal cord. That was when the difficult choices began. Should he have it removed right away in a risky operation, as his doctor recommended? Or should he take time to consider this question: At what point would the expanding tumor cause debility bad enough to justify the risk of greater debility or even death in trying to fight it?

The surgeon in the story is the father of Atul Gawande, who is also a surgeon as well as a writer for The New Yorker. His new book, “Being Mortal,” is a personal meditation on how we can better live with age-related frailty, serious illness and approaching death.

It is also a call for a change in the philosophy of health care. Gawande writes that members of the medical profession, himself included, have been wrong about what their job is. Rather than ensuring health and survival, it is “to enable well-being.”

 

Book Links: NewYork Times | Amazon

10/01/2017: The Truth Quest Book Group – The Sunflower (on the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness)

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will meet on Sunday, Oct. 1st, 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF, when we will be discussing the book, “The Sunflower (on the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness),” by Simon Wiesenthal. You are welcome to come and simply listen or participate to whatever degree you wish –

Jerry Butler at truthquest@kuuf.org.

While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying SS man. Haunted by the crimes in which he’d participated, the soldier wanted to confess to–& obtain absolution from–a Jew. Faced with the choice between compassion & justice, silence & truth, Wiesenthal said nothing. But even years after the war had ended, he wondered: Had he done the right thing? What would you have done in his place?

In this important book, 53 distinguished men & women respond to Wiesenthal’s questions. They are theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, Holocaust survivors & victims of attempted genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, China & Tibet. Their responses, as varied as their experiences of the world, remind us that Wiesenthal’s questions are not limited to events of the past. Often surprising, always thought provoking, The Sunflower will challenge you to define your beliefs about justice, compassion & responsibility.

 

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon | Penguin Random House

 

09/03/17: The Truth Quest Book Group – A New Climate for Theology: God, The World, and Global Warming

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday September 3, at 9:30am, in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing the book,  “A New Climate for Theology: God, The World and Global Warming,” by Sallie McFague.

You are invited to listen to or participate in the discussion of this very current and vital topic; if you read some or all of the book come and share your thoughts and reactions; if you haven’t had a chance to read it come anyway.

Jerry Butler, jbu4@me.com360-981-8826

Book Description:  At heart, McFague argues, global warming occurs because we lack an appropriate understanding of ourselves as inextricably bound to the planet and its systems. This book not only traces the notion of unlimited desire that fuels our market system, it also paints an alternative idea of what being human means.

 

 

Book Links: Good Reads Amazon | Fortress Press

08/06/2017: The Truth Quest Book Group – Courage To Think Differently

Sunday, 9:30am, KUUF sanctuary, Elmore Room (library) – The Truth Quest Book Group will be meeting on Sunday, August 6th at 9:30am, in the Elmore Room (Library) at KUUF when we will be discussing the book, “Courage To Think Differently,” edited by George S. Johnson.  As usual, you are welcome whether or not you’ve had a chance to read the book –

Contact Jerry Butler, 360-981-8826, jbu4@me.com if you’d like to attend.

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This collection of essays takes a look at our culture and asks: Do you have the courage to think differently? The book is tenacious and passionate.

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon