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In The Road to Character, David Brooks focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Brooks challenges us, and himself, to re-balance the scales between our "resume virtues" - achieving wealth, fame and status - and our "eulogy virtues," those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty or faithfulness.
Looking to some of the world's greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, Brooks explores how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.
Although this is a secular book, it includes discussion of major religious figures such as Dorothy Day and Augustine.
Book Club -- July 2015 -- Social Activist Dorothy Day Book Club -- July 2015 -- Social Activist Dorothy Day hosted by the Center for Sacred Sciences Library When: Thursday, July 2, 2015 Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm Where: 5440 Saratoga Street, Eugene, OR 97405, USA
Description: The two main selections are:
Love is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day, Founder of The Catholic Worker by Jim Forest
Availability: One copy in the CSS library, one at Eugene Public Library, and no Kindle
The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day Availability: One copy in the CSS library, one at Eugene Public Library, no Kindle
Feel free to read something else related and bring it with you to discuss and share with others. New members welcome. (CtrSacredSciences)… (més)
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
"The story of four modern American Catholics who made literature out of their search for God.
In the mid-twentieth century, four American Catholics came to believe that the best way to explore the questions of religious faith was to write about them-in works that readers of all kinds could admire. The Life You Save May Be Your Own is their story - a vivid and enthralling account of great writers and their power over us.
Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk in Kentucky; Dorothy Day the founder of the Catholic Worker in New York; Flannery O'Connor a "Christ-haunted" literary prodigy in Georgia; Walker Percy a doctor in New Orleans who quit medicine to write fiction and philosophy. A friend came up with a name for them - the School of the Holy Ghost - and for three decades they exchanged letters, ardently read one another's books, and grappled with what one of them called a "predicament shared in common."
A pilgrimage is a journey taken in light of a story; and in The Life You Save May Be Your Own, Paul Elie tells these writers' story as a pilgrimage from the God-obsessed literary past of Dante and Dostoevsky out into the thrilling chaos of postwar American life. It is a story of how the Catholic faith, in their vision of things, took on forms the faithful could not have anticipated. And it is a story about the ways we look to great books and writers to help us make sense of our experience, about the power of literature to change - to save - our lives." --- This title is the choice for Salzmann Library's June Book Discussion Group.
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