Next book: "The Cross and the Lynching Tree", by Dr. James Cone

Greetings,

The next book selection, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by Dr. James Cone, is only 172 pages long but a profound book by an equally deep author.

The reviews for the book have been great. Now it's our turn. Read the book. Judge for yourself and let's get together to discuss it. --Bomani

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  • KG G.

    I'm sorry I missed this meetup. I already started The New Jim Crow.

    April 3, 2013

  • Savonne

    I agree Bomani. Though I have not finished the book yet. I definately will. After our discussion yesterday I came out with a different perspective on humanity. Human beings are naturally selfish, self-interested entities. We aspire to reach for moral heights through our worship of religious figures such as Jesus. However, we rarely reach such plateaus because of our fear of losing power we've accumulated through our social groups, material possessions, and the growth of our ego.

    We admire those who suffer but will avoid all suffering if possible. We want to help others but only if it benefits us as well. We try to fight against privilege and power but will join those ranks if given the opportunity.

    So in the end, we all talk the talk but only the rarest souls amongst us will actually walk the walk. And more often than not, they pay the ultimate price. How many of us will do so when tested?

    Can't wait for the next meeting!

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great conversation last night! Look forward to engaging in more intellectual gymnastics in the near future. Take care.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Bomani

    Great meeting and discussion. I am convinced that we are on to something here with this book club. My reading and understanding of our selection was illuminated/made clearer by our conversation. Based upon Dr. Cone's in depth look at the complicated yet influential American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and the era of lynching that he lived within - I feel compelled to learn more about him as well. Quote, “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith," quote Reinhold Niebuhr. Was he a "Christian Realist" or a "Coward"? Much more can be said about "The Cross & the Lynching Tree" - but one thing for sure: This a book that I will come back to again.

    April 3, 2013

  • KG G.

    I'm not going to make it. My babysitter has midterms. :)

    April 2, 2013

  • Akua G.

    So sorry. Some extra work came up and I'm not sure if I will make it.

    April 2, 2013

  • Zhuo Rui P.

    Sorry I can't go----I'm coming down with something. But I read most of the book and watched the video Bomani recommended. It's a really good, thoughtful book. You'll have a great discussion!

    April 2, 2013

  • Zhuo Rui P.

    Hello, just want to say I'll not drive so I won't worry about parking this time. This way Bomani won't have too hard a time in choosing a location.

    March 29, 2013

  • Zhuo Rui P.

    Just me. see you!

    March 29, 2013

  • Shai

    I'm trying again...

    March 26, 2013

  • Shai

    I'm trying again...

    March 18, 2013

  • KG G.

    I received the book. I hope to make the next one.

    March 17, 2013

  • Shai

    I'm trying again... Although I read the last book and enjoyed it, I didn't get the opportunity to share...this time I'm there even if I have to call out,lol

    March 16, 2013

  • Zhuo Rui P.

    Hello everyone! I've been a bit too busy lately and late in reserving the book. I'll still try to come, just to lend my ears. I only read the reviews...:-)

    March 13, 2013

  • Shai

    I'm trying again... Although I read the last book and enjoyed it, I didn't get the opportunity to share...this time I'm there even if I have to call out,lol

    February 19, 2013

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