Book Club

Our first selection will be a short but powerful book! Do the Work by Stephen Pressfield is a quick read that packs a punch, focusing on resistance as the enemy of creativity and initiative. He’s the author of The War of Art, a manifesto that has inspired many artists and entrepreneurs. If you have always wanted to write a novel, start your own business, move to a different country, quit your job and do work that you love, but have never been able to follow through, then this is the book for you. You can read the whole thing in one sitting, but you’ll want to leave it on your bedside table to read again and again.

August 1 – Orientation, Beginning, Middle

August 14 – Middle, End

A supportive guide to approaching writing as a sacred art and to discovering spirituality through the process of writing. In this inspiring guide, writing teacher and anthropologist Jepson draws on her worldwide travels and studies of spiritual traditions to present a refreshing approach to the art of writing. Through rituals, exercises, dream analysis, and more, writers will find fresh techniques for honing their skills, overcoming creative blocks, and finding their authentic voices, while writing bravely, honestly, and with true vision.

August 22 – Part I: The Mystic Journey

August 29 – Part II: The Monastic Path

September 5 – Part III: The Way of the Shaman

September 12 – Part IV: The Warrrior Road

This is a fun book + a great way to keep those creative juices flowing. Each chapter has lots of exercises from which to choose . We’ll be covering 3 chapters a week and will post about the exercises we do, and we can’t wait to see which ones you choose and what you learn from them. Tharp shows how and why artists must actively seek and nurture inspiration. Vignettes from the lives of people such as Mozart underline the fact that even geniuses work hard to realize the fruits of their labor. Tharp not only promotes tried-and-true habits, but also encourages readers to dig deep within themselves and come up with their own answers. Most sections conclude with exercises; they are fun and almost seamlessly bring home the author’s main points. –Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

September 19 – Chapters 1-3

September 26 – Chapters 4-6

October 3 – Chapters 7-9

October 10 – Chapters 10-12

Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. It’s the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering.

October 17 – First Agreement

October 24 – Second Agreement

November 1 – Third Agreement

November 7 – Fourth Agreement

Since 1997, The Four Agreements has transformed the lives of millions of people around the world with a simple but profound message. Now bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz and his son, don Jose Ruiz, collaborate with this powerful sequel The Fifth Agreement. The Four Agreements provides the foundation for breaking thousands of agreements that create needless suffering and with The Fifth Agreement you recover all the power of your authenticity, which is who you really are when you are born.

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