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  • Writer's pictureWendy Beth

Creating Real Connection: How Reading Can Transform into the Unexpected"

Imagine a world where all the rules were rewritten, and the unexpected becomes the norm. Picture yourself in that world, where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary.

Literature and reading can do that for each of us, not only that, but reading plays a significant role in helping us be true to ourselves. How does reading do this?

First, reading exposes us to a variety of perspectives, experiences, and ideas. By engaging with different characters, stories, and viewpoints, we gain insight into human nature and develop a deeper understanding of ourselves. This exposure can challenge our assumptions, broaden our horizons, and open up new possibilities for personal growth.

Second, reading allows us to tap into our emotions and inner selves. When we connect with characters going through similar struggles or experiences, it helps us reflect on our own lives and values. Books often delve into complex themes such as identity, relationships, and personal development, allowing us to explore these aspects of our own lives and gain clarity about who we are and what we believe in.

Third, reading nurtures our critical thinking skills. When analyzing and interpreting texts, we engage in reflection and introspection. We can question the motivations of characters, evaluate their choices, and compare them to our own circumstances. By critically examining the stories we read, we enhance our ability to analyze our own lives, recognize our own biases, and make informed decisions that align with our authentic selves.

"I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." - C.S. Lewis

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Joseph Addison

Life ideally, is a transformative journey—a place where we feel secure to learn how to become true to ourselves by broadening our perspectives, fostering self-reflection, and nurturing our critical thinking abilities.

Yet, there are times when we feel unequipped to face the shadows that threaten to shatter our dreams, alone. We may doubt our inherent ability to overcome challenges and find genuine joy in the journey. Reading and sharing our personal insights with others can transform the ordinary into the unexpected. Words can come alive and connect us to each other. But how do words connect us?

That's where an online book club steps in, creating a safe space for exploration and growth. Through the gift of reading, we can delve into captivating narratives that resonate with our own experiences. We can embrace the complexities of life, finding solace in shared stories and insights that empower us to face the darkness head-on.

Together, we can embark on a collective journey, uncovering the tools we need to triumph over adversity and craft a life that radiates with authenticity.

An Invitation

Please join us. You are welcome, just as you are. Embrace your true self, and join us as we celebrate the unique tapestry of humanity and the resilience within each of us through books and our own shared words.

🕐 Date: October 10, 2023 🕒 Time: 5pm (MST)

October Book Selection: Inner Game of Tennis by W Timothy Galloway

🕐 Date: November 14, 2023 🕒 Time: 5pm (MST)

November Book Selection: Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton-Porter

🕐 Date: December 12, 2023 🕒 Time: 5pm (MST)

December Book Selection: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Online Book Club Guidelines

Respectful discussions: Foster a positive and inclusive environment by engaging in respectful and considerate conversations.

​Keep it confidential: Respect members' privacy and keep book club discussions within the group.

Adhere to the established format, meeting schedule, and discussion guidelines to ensure a cohesive and productive book club experience.

By following these guidelines, we create a welcoming space for literature lovers to connect and expand our literary horizons and our human connections.

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