From the beginning of August through Labor Day, all GSL parish individuals and households are invited to participate in a common reading of one or two brilliant books: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (Dalai Lama XIV and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Carlton Abrams) and Wonder (R. J. Palacio). Identified by Adult Formation Advisory Team Leader Anne Ayres and the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, GSL Reading Together is one of many ways to connect to life at GSL around a common subject. Order your books through a local bookseller or online and let the reading begin on your own schedule! Save The Date for Book Read Discussion Events: TBA for soon after Labor Day.
Anglican Archbishop Tutu of South Africa visits the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, on the occasion of his 80th birthday for a week of conversation about living joyfully in the face of adversity. Both men stress the importance of sharing compassion and gratitude. Filled with wisdom buoyed by scientific research on happiness and with practices for cultivating your own sense of joy, this book might just be tailor-made for this moment in our lives. We could all use a little bit more joy.
Wonder is a heartwarming story of a boy born with a facial deformity which has prevented him from going to school up until now. The story begins as he starts fifth grade and is told from several different points of view. You may find yourself alternately laughing and crying, identifying with first one character and then another, but you will likely come away from this book with the conviction that showing even one simple act of kindness can make all the difference in the world. A great read for all ages, households with children and teens especially might enjoy reading this together!