Tuesday, March 12, 2019

backward

When a friend of the Gardener called to ask him to read a book, and then could they 
get together to talk about it, I took note and wondered what could be so good.
Little by little I heard bits and pieces of the book, and then the guys
asked if we girls would read it and discuss it together. So when we were planning
our next book club, we concluded this would be the book to read. It's easy to read, 
and this is true from the back cover: "...was written to shake up our expectations 
and priorities for what it means to live 'the good life.'"
The author is a minister in Aberdeen, Scotland. The book is a sort of
exposition on the book of Ecclesiastes. It's not a heavy tome, and it is
filled with practical wisdom. It probably is one of the most significant books
I have read in a very long time. I highly recommend it.
Our book club is meeting often in the morning as it seems to be when more are available. 
This time we kept the food very simple--nuts, chocolate, strawberries and cheese. 
Since my house is small and our group is large, we arranged chairs with small 
snack tables around the edge of our dining room and it worked really well.  
I loved using my grandmother's pink depression glass, 
and another friend's mother's teapot, 
and another friend's mother's gorgeous linen tablecloth (all gifts to me!)
It was a sweet time as we shared parts of the book that spoke to us.
Our next book is Elizabeth Goudge's The Dean's Watch.
Some of us are following an IG reading of this book.
One of our members happened to recently host a Scottish young man 
who is a mentee of the author of the book. So we took a group picture 
holding our books for Rev. Gibson--to encourage him!

"If you knew what would happen to you tomorrow, how would you live today?"



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