I’m sure, like me, most of you are looking forward to a few days of break from school and work. I am always excited for these moments where I have a little space and time to pick up a new book, or just to start my Christmas gift-ing. If you are looking for something to read in these next few days, might I suggest:
- First, the Sartorialist addressed (somewhat) the photos from India that I addressed in my last post.
Next, my students recently turned in book review or book covers on a reading of their choice that related to something we’d cover in our World Religions class. I am always fascinated by the choices they make. Below are some of the new picks this year (that came highly recommended by my kids):
- Irresistable Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
- Greater than You Think by Thomas D. Williams
- My Jesus Year by Benyamin Cohen
- Annexed by Sharon Dogar
- Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler
- My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer
Finally, today we had guest speaker in class, the Rev. WongGon So from the Won-Buddhism meditation temple in Chapel Hill, NC. She was so wonderful and lively–her overview of the Won Buddhist beliefs was thoughtful but easy for students to grasp and her fearlessness with the students forced them to get involved–like a practiced teacher she called on individuals to read and share and walked them through various meditation practices. Her review of the Fourfold Graces and an effort to cultivate gratitude felt especially timely as we approach the Thanksgiving break. The Won interpretation of Buddhism was interesting and new to me, and if you are interested I encourage you to learn more about it here.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!