- Rick Bonetti
Updated: Apr 19, 2022
Spirituality & Practice offers a recommended list of The Best Spiritual Books of 2021 They also have an online book club, e-courses and book reviews..
A “We the People” online book club began in 2018. This year-long, book-a-month program gives us an opportunity to strengthen our vision of democracy and our connections with others, as we contemplate America’s past and possibilities through classic and contemporary literary voices.
This book club is being offered by The Practicing Democracy Project a collaboration between The Center for Spirituality & Practice and the Fetzer Institute. It affirms two principles:
Reading itself is a spiritual practice. It requires inner work of quiet and stillness, attention to detail, and empathy as we imagine lives other than our own and root for characters to resolve their struggles.
Engagement – When this inner work inspires engagement with our neighbors and communities — as happens in book clubs — it becomes deeply democratic. Book club members passionately share responses to a text. Connections are forged, consensus arises, differences are respected, and unity is built as each person has a chance to speak and be heard.