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The BEST 25th Episode Ever : "The Book of Longings"

"Some truths seemed insoluble stones that couldn't be swallowed."

This week, we continue our discussion of The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. We rated and graded the book. We all really liked the book, so we all gave it a thumbs up. There was an overall appreciation for Kidd's gifted use of language and for the way women were portrayed. But some of us were LONGING for a different story about the relationship between Anna and Jesus. You will see that in the almost completely across the board grades we gave. We also give you tips on how to host a bookclub for this book..

*Grading Scale

A - All Good

B - Better than most

C - Could have been better

D - Disappointing

F - Failure on all levels

Ratings for this book

Mandy- C

Sarah - C

Katie - A

Holly - D

Ideas for hosting a book club for The Book of Longings

Location - Pool, garden, Egypt!

Activity - pottery making, spa

Décor – vases with fish inside and olive tree branches and different color scarves if you’re at home and want to decorate your table

Attire - sandals and whatever you wear for traveling clothes

Favor - journal and pens, your own incantation bowl, a poem or prayer for each person

Food - goat cheese, olives, basically a charcuterie board

Music - Tabitha played the lyre (liar liar pants on fiar), play hymns

Favorite quotes from the book

"Of all of the emotions, hope was the most mysterious. It grew like the blue lotus, snaking up from muddy hearts, beautiful while it lasted."

"To avoid a fear, emboldens it."

"Each of us must find a way to love the world."

Show Notes

The Bible

Aladdin (2019)

Icons of the Bible Photographs

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn : "To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good."

Upcoming Books

Katie's Next Book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Holly's Next Book: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Mandy's Next Book: Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West

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