Book Reviews

Becoming More Connected To Others – Increasing Social Capital

In his groundbreaking book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, author Robert Putnam discusses how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and even our democracy – and how we may reconnect.  Putnam warns that our stock of social capital – the very fabric of our connections with each other, has plummeted, impoverishing …

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Facing Forgiveness

BOOK DISCUSSION: FACING FORGIVENESS by Loughlan Sofield, Carroll Juliano, and Bishop Gregory M. Aymond The book, Facing Forgiveness, begins by sharing that Christians have the ultimate example of forgiveness in Jesus on the cross.  Futher, it is important for us as Christians to allow for an examination of conscience that allows us to learn to let go …

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How to Beat Boredom and Live a Longer, Happier Life

“Many people live with assorted states of boredom – and yes, some parts of life (paying bills, loading the dishwasher) are quite dull. But giving in to living a life that feels tedious can ultimately be very destructive, says life coach and author, Lauren Zander. Boredom is a state of mind, she says – in …

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The 7 Levels of Intimacy Book Discussion

In The 7 Levels of Intimacy, author Matthew Kelly defines intimacy as the mutual self-revelation that allows us to know and be known. He suggests that intimacy is the mutual sharing of the journey to fulfill our life purpose –  in other words, to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.  Kelly then defines the seven levels: 1. Cliches The first level of intimacy is impersonal. The right amount of small talk …

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The Science of Happily Ever After

Adapted from article by Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together.  But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward. Of all the people who get married, only …

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