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Adventures of the Mind and Spirit - "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn

The Helping Friendly Book Club continues its search for the Secrets to Eternal Joy and Never Ending Splendor on Wednesday, September 14th with a discussion inspired by “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit” by Daniel Quinn.

‘Ishmael’ is a book that stretches us to reconsider the value and influence of myth and Mother Culture in today’s world, to examine and reexamine the nature of Freedom and Captivity, to wrestle with the perennial mystery of ‘Identity’ from an outside-our-species perspective, and tells us the story of The Leavers and The Takers. As usual parts of this book feel eerily synchronistic with where we are on The Quest, and as a society. ‘Waking Up’ is certainly an important aspect of 'Ishmael' as well.

“Once you learn to discern the voice of Mother Culture humming in the background, telling her story over and over again to the people of your culture, you’ll never stop being conscious of it. Wherever you go for the rest of your life, you’ll be tempted to say to the people around you, “how can you listen to this stuff and not recognize it for what it is?” - Ishmael

Can’t wait to see everyone on the 14th and hear how summer vacations were! For now we will plan to return to The Kennedy Room at 8:30 PM, but if that location changes I will be sure to let you know.

Over the next few weeks, if you can, please remember that building a community is a big part of what we are doing. You are all encouraged to extend this invitation to people you think would be curious and invite them to join us. Feel free to coax them along with stories about the Cosmic Door Prize, and any sharing of the Ishmael HFB Event Page on your Facebook timeline get's brownie points. Edible Brownie points...

NOMINATIONS! We will be voting on what our next two books to read will be at this meeting, so be sure to send your nominations for the ballot to Where should we look for the Secrets to Eternal Joy and Never Ending Splendor next?

If September seems too long to wait for more #mentalpollination, come hang out with The Red Red Rose Society at The Bottle Shop on Lower Greenville on August 30th for our monthly open mic poetry night. Details below. #getonyoursoapbox

August's Red Red Rose Society August 30th


If you haven’t started yet don’t worry, there's still plenty of time to read the book and you can download the full text HERE: