Happy New Year! A new year brings hopes, expectations and resolutions. For some, it is a chance to put a difficult year behind. For others, it is a time of optimism. And for yet others, it can feel like the same old thing.
However you have approached the new year, you can find something in our library to help you handle challenges, reinforce your positive outlook and/or grow in faith. Consider:
Real Happiness – The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzman.
This take on meditation is not about Buddhism, but closer to an exercise, like running or riding a bike. From the basics of posture, breathing, and daily schedule to the finer points of calming the mind, distraction, and dealing with specific problems , to the larger issues of compassion and awareness, Real Happiness is a complete guide.
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. Interested in the relevance of faith today, Jacobs decides to attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for a year. The resulting spiritual journey is funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history’s most influential book with new eyes.
Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris. Norris recognizes that her lack of the sense of God in her life is acedia, a concept from the early and medieval Church she restores to us. Her exploration of acedia is intimate and historically sweeping, brimming with exasperation and reverence, sometimes funny, often provocative, and always insightful.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
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