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BIBLICAL TEXTS*
Genesis

The Book of Esther
Additions to the Book of Esther, from the Apocrypha, 5-6,
For reading of Esther that has this text integrated with the canonized version in modern English, consult The Spiritual Formation Bible

The Song of Solomon

1 Corinthians

Ephesians

OTHER TEXTS
On SPIRITUALITY and SEXUALITY
The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way *
An often used text by those members seeking to find ways of integrating sustained watchfulness with the demands of a complex life. A supplemental text of great merit is this selection of material from Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart.
Sexuality and Creativity
The view of a Roman Catholic priest, a scholar with an interest in applied spirituality.
Marguerite Porete: The Mirror of Simple Souls (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Related and supplemental texts: Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead (Classics of Western Spirituality) ; Hadewijch: The Complete Works (Classics of Western Spirituality) ; Brides in the Desert: The Spirituality of the Beguines (Traditions of Christian Spirituality); (Murk-Jansen: publisher page here); Cities of Ladies: Beguine Communities in the Medieval Low Countries, 1200-1565 (W. Simons). Seek guidance with these texts. Other texts (Kempe, Julian of Norwich, etc.) may be assigned as required. The influence of the béguinage movement is reflected in the structure and spirit of our community. An historical overview may be found here. An unrelated approach is found in a modern adaptation of the movement. For details see here. A recent title (February 2007) associated with this subject is The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness , an essay on the spiritual practices of “Women of the Wilderness ” by M. Earle. Audio: A podcast recording from Naxos of Hildegard von Bingen.
Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man, and the Origin of Evil
Exciting subtitle: “Essays on the Goodness of God the Freedom of Man and the Origin of Evil.” A very brief excerpt may be found here.It is intended that this text by Leibniz (Leibnitz) be read in conjunction with Voltaire: Candide (see below)
BOOKS, ESSAYS, STUDIES and OTHER DOCUMENTS
God And Gender In Judaism “Women and men, both, have to find ways of dealing with this strange God of the Bible and prayerbook.”
Masculinity and Femininity in Contemporary American Society

On the Gender-Typed Nature of Dominant and Submissive Acts
Two studies from Sex Roles suggesting the difficulties faced by modern researchers in reaching socially comfortable role redefinitions.
FICTION
Crime and Punishment *

Voltaire: Candide (etext)
Online English-language etext here. Print edition information here. This text should be read in conjunction with Leibniz: Theodicy (see above).
Hardy: Far from the Madding Crowd (etext)

Chekhov: The Darling (etext)
With a linked analysis by Tolstoy, which should be read in association with ‘The Darling’.
DRAMA, POETRY and MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS
NON-FICTION
Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling*
An e-text version of the book is located here.
Schumacher: A Guide for the Perplexed
A very helpful commentary on much that we discuss in some areas of our community—but not to be confused with the famous treatise of the same name by Moses Maimonides, which is however not a bad guide to other closely related perplexities (and worth additional time “for the benefit of those who are anxious to acquire perfection”).
Bauby: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death (Vintage International)
A masterpiece of restrained beauty. Read this in conjunction with the site page On Watchfulness.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly :: DVD
To get the full experience in patience that this book offers, it may be helpful to watch the movie first. Just don't tell your English teacher we said that! This beautifuly constructed film (winner of four academy award nominations and winner of several other industry awareds) offers a better understanding of that which is difficult to translate into writing. The film uniquely brings the viewer to an awareness of what "locked in" syndrome is both from the internal side of the writer's experiences as well as how he would have appeared to others in during the time this book was written. You gain an awareness of the tedious process that the author went through to pen a book through eye movement only while enjoying enjoying what some have called a cinema "masterpiece".

What the film can not do that only the book can do is to offer you the full "voice" and text that was created as a result of this man's journey. Knowing the painstaking steps that were taken to offers the reader an appreciation of this book as a true manifestation of patience. The author's voice in this piece is both witty and charming as it provides an exploration of the depths of surrender that this man experienced.

SELF-HELP and REFERENCE
Nhat Hanh: The Miracle of Mindfulness *
The focus in this remarkable little book is on meditation—in fact, the original subtitle was "An Introduction to Meditation"—but it's more than just a handbook for beginning med-heads. "Miracle" finds additional usefulness when combined with some of the physical disciplines used in this project, where mindfulness, watchfulness and constant awareness are always so important.
The Surrendered Wife: A Practical Guide To Finding Intimacy, Passion and Peace
First steps in marital surrender. This book created a tidal wave of controversy in the mass media when it was released.
Last update: February 2009