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Hello my friends!

Thank you for considering the SEEK Book Club.

If you are seeking more meaning, fulfillment, and answers in “this thing called life”, then this club may be for you. SEEK came to me because I felt like I was missing something, a void in my wholeness. Although I carried a daily desire to broaden my understanding of life, I hadn’t done anything about it. I’m hoping I’m not alone in this feeling. So please join me to:

Search, Explore, Enjoy and Know

The club begins in 2018. I don’t know when you are reading this, but I feel certain learning from books, from each other, and from life has no expiration. I hope, like me, you are ready to share your thoughts, get together with people of like mind and path, and, perhaps, make some lasting friendships. For the most part our books will be novels, however an occasional non-fiction may be a part of our adventure.
The spiritual adventures chosen are intended to inspire us to grow through thought-provoking discussions about our challenges, self-awareness, humanity, and connection.

All are welcome to join even if you don’t read or finish the book of the month. Each of us have lived a unique life with unique experiences, so lets SEEK and learn from each other.

Love,

Chris Marshall

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To Live by Yu Hau translated by Michael Berry - A novel.

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From Good Reads: From the author of Brothers and China in Ten Words this celebrated contemporary classic of Chinese literature was also adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation's most influential books, portrays one man's transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted peasant. After squandering his family's fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of gritty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power. Rating details out of[masked] star 49% 4 star 35% 3 star 11% 2 star 2% 1 star ! 97% of people liked it I HOPE we do too. Below is one reviews take. THE GOOD: At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book or not. The story of "To Live" is really a sad one, but a realistic one at the same time. Life is suffering, and nobody seems to suffer more by the fate of their loved ones than the main character Fugui. What is truly remarkable is that even though fate can be cruel at times, Fugui never ever gives up and even seems to find the positive in a little things as life goes on. THE BAD: There are no chapters, and the style of writing (even though translated) feels very much like a Chinese written book. Which I guess really started to grow on me as the story progressed. THE UGLY: If I have to find any fault at all, perhaps it has to be that the book is too short and that I wished it was somehow longer. However, I really enjoyed this story. By the end, I felt like I had lived with Fugui and gone through his troubles as well. Seeing his transformation at the end of novel really gave me hope that I can learn through my travails as well. I am

The Possibility Principle: BY Mel Schwartz

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Although I try to look for books with a large amount of ratings and reviews. This book rated very high 5 stars with almost all 21 reviewers. From some of our previous book discussions many of you expressed an interest it quantum physics. SO its a bit of gear change, however tandem with a spiritual journey. Sending love, C From Amazon: How would you like to experience your life? It’s an intriguing question, and yet we’ve been conditioned to believe our life visions and goals are often unattainable―until now. With The Possibility Principle, psychotherapist Mel Schwartz offers a revolutionary approach to living the life we choose. Though science has vastly expanded our knowledge, it has also led us to adopt a worldview where we see ourselves as insignificant specks living in a mechanical universe. Now, insights from quantum physics reveal that our universe is, in fact, a vibrantly intelligent reality and that each of us plays a vital role in shaping it. In this groundbreaking book, Schwartz shows us how to integrate this new quantum worldview into our everyday lives, allowing us to transcend our limitations and open to infinite possibilities. The Possibility Principle reveals how we can apply the three core tenets of quantum physics―inseparability, uncertainty, and potentiality―to live the life we choose, free from the wounds of our past and the constraints of our old beliefs. You can learn to: Develop a mastery of your thinking as you free yourself from the replication of old thought patterns One review Mel Schwartz's book is an absolute home run. Well-researched, logical, and filled with clinical examples that support his premise that quantum physics trumps mechanism, when it comes to the human condition, Schwartz leads you on an exciting new journey to achieve lasting happiness both with yourself and in relationship with others. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Who wants to attend: Springwater Center one day sitting in silence retreat?

I hope you will join me on Nov 2, for this unique experience(at least for me it is) I have been in contact with the center and they say that they book up rather quickly. The room holds 45-50 people and I was advised to give the names as soon as each person RSVP's. If you don't want to miss out, sign up ASAP. Below is the schedule for the day. As you can see you are not sitting for 8 continual hours. They suggest a $20.00 donation which will include lunch. They also offer overnight rooms if you want stay and relax and enjoy more of the center. https://www.springwatercenter.org/retreats/all-day-sittings/ Introduction to meditation 8:30 am for newcomers, sitting and walking for others Timed sitting and walking 9 Break/open sitting 10 Timed sitting and walking 11:05 Lunch 12pm Clean-up and break 12:30 Timed sitting and walking 1:30 Group dialogue 2:30 Refreshments/Social time 3:30-4 I am super excited to try this!!!!!!!!

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

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Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brillant characters - his fiancee Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. The most ambitious of Maugham's novels, this is also one in which Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates. 5 star 63% 4 star 20% 3 star 10% 2 star 3% One Review: I had read this book long back, I was probably much less than twenty. I remember being intrigued by this book because this was not the Maugham that I had earlier experience. The nag remained with me for quite long. So, twenty years down the line, I decided to revisit this book to clear my nag. And am so glad that I did it. This is not a story book, it is deeply philosophical book, some thing like Jidu’s works. But leave to a master with Maugham to make it so much more readable. Every character in this book holds a mirror to us, whether it be Isabel, Elliot or Gray. I am sure many a times in life, I may have been one of those characters. While Maugham, in all his modesty, tells the readers that one can skip the chapter 6 (i did that probalbly and that is why had to come back), but that chapter contains a big key to understanding many questions of life – why do some people pursue perfection , are they pursuing glory in the process; what is a sin and if there are sinner, where is God; can one really understand God; what is Reality and Absolute. These are many questions for which Maugham has tried to find answers in Hinduism. But what makes it interesting is the lucidness with which Maugham handles these questions. Being a Hindu, I can say this is one of the shortest work on Hinduism and because it is short, makes it so much more relevant. Thank you, Maugham. You are and will remain the best for me.

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The Deepest Well: Healing the Long Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

The Brown Hound Downtown at the Memorial Art Gallery

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