Reverend VeAnn Clark from the Church of the Valley and the Little Brown Church was our guest at our June 2018 meeting.
This is her recommended list of books:
Memoirs on living, dying, and death--
1. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
2. Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
3. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott
4. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and
Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley
Compassion Practice --
two books by Frank Rogers Jr.
1. (Christian perspective) Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus
2. (Interfaith perspective) Practicing Compassion
Christian reflections that challenge some embedded theologies:
1. An Alter in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor
2. How Jesus Saves the World From Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic
Christianity by Morgan Guyton
3. "My Cancer Didn't Happen For a Reason" The Cancerous Author Blog by
Morgan J. Bolt
Our Support Group members created their own list of recommended books.
This is their list with comments taken from various on-line descriptions and reviews:
1. A LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED: A MEMOIR OF HOPE by Tom Brokaw: Memoir of dramatic year battling multiple myeloma and reflecting on a long, happy and lucky life
2. A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson: how one woman’s journey of self-discovery gave her the courage to persevere in re-creating her life
3. BEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END by Dr. Atul Gawande: compassionate but piercing look at hospice care and the current state of care regarding age-related frailty, serious illness and impending death with a focus on the ultimate goal, quality of life
4. DYING TO BE ME by Anita Moorjani: Inspirational memoir of cancer survivor who, after a near death experience, realizes her inherent worth, then rapidly heals and is cured.
5. FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom: A novel following life and death of a maintenance man and his encounters with five people who had a significant impact upon him while he was alive
6. KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM: STORIES THAT HEAL by Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen: true stories highlighting the human tradition of shared experience and their power to heal
7. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Multigenerational novel, magical realism, chronicling the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love. Considered a masterpiece of Spanish literature.
8. PACHINKO (just because it’s a wonderful read) by Min Jin Lee: Epic historical novel following characters from Korea who eventually migrate to Japan. Won the National Book Award for Fiction.
9. SAPIENS: A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND by Yuval Harari: ‘Showing it is possible to ask very big questions and answer them scientifically”. NY Times best seller, translated into 45 languages.
10. TO BEGIN AGAIN: THE JOURNEY TOWARD COMFORT, STRENGTH AND FAITH IN DIFFICULT TIMES by Naomi Levy: drawing on her own personal story and experience as a rabbi, Levy uses individual’s stories to explore how adversity can be a positive force, leading people to open their hearts to God, while understanding that coping is an ongoing process of life
11. TALKING TO GOD: PERSONAL PRAYERS FOR TIMES OF JOY, SADNESS, STRUGGLE AND CELEBRATION FOR PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS BY Naomi Levy
12. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: AN OLD MAN, A YOUNG MAN, AND LIFE’S GREATEST LESSON by Mitch Albom: Exploring personal transcendence and the value of retaining dignity in the face of death, drawn from conversations with the author’s 78 year old sociology professor, Morrie, Schwartz, who was dying of ALS.
13. BOOKS BY WAYNE DYER, philosopher and self-help author