The Heart of Spirituality


People find spirituality in a variety of places--in religion, nature, or the personal journey to find meaning in life. Likewise, all kinds of books explore spirituality -- through pain, adventure and growth. The Heart of Spirituality looks at six spiritual books, each with its own distinct perspective. Join us to discuss them with other readers.


The series will feature the following books:


Screwtape Letters Book Cover 


September 10, 2013 - 6:30 p.m., South Hill

The Screwtape Letters

 by C.S. Lewis


In Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis presents Christian ideals and observations of human nature from a new perspective: a demon’s. An administrator in the underworld, Screwtape writes 31 letters to his nephew Wormwood, coaching him how to undermine the faith of a man known only as The Patient. He offers advice to promote sin and selfishness, and in the process readers discover elements of what it means to be a Christian, and the powers of sin and forgiveness.  






My Name is Asher Lev book cover


October 8, 2013 - 6:30 p.m., South Hill

My Name is Asher Lev

by Chaim Potok

My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok, brings readers into the life of a Jewish artist growing up in the 1950s. Asher Lev is a loner with an artistic gift. But his art causes conflict between him and his family and community. Can a Hasidic Jew maintain his faith while also celebrating his art? What role does art play in religion and spirituality?













Unorthodox book cover

November 12, 2013 - 6:30 p.m., South Hill

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

by Deborah Feldman 


Deborah Feldman’s memoir Unorthodox: the Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots tells her story of being raised in a strict Hasidic community where decisions most people take for granted were tightly controlled. At the age of seventeen she was married to a stranger and at nineteen she had a son. His birth prompted her to dramatically change her life. Unorthodox offers insight into the practices of Orthodox Jews, and takes readers through a journey of strength and growth.







When Bad Things Happen to Good People cover


February 11, 2014 - 6:30 p.m., South Hill

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

by Harold Kushner


Harold Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People has become a classic novel that addresses difficult questions about fate and suffering. Do bad things happen randomly or are we being punished? Can we save ourselves from suffering? Kushner wrote the book after his three-year old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that led to his death at the age of 14. Kushner writes as a parent and a rabbi, offering knowledge and solace while questioning the power and role of God.










A Wrinkle in Time book cover 

March 11, 2014 - 6:30 p.m., South Hill

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle is a classic science fiction novel in which 14 year-old Meg Murry, her friend Calvin and Meg’s little brother Charles Wallace try to solve the mystery of Meg’s missing father, a scientist who had been studying the dimensions of time travel. Finding their father leads them through a journey of time travel and into a battle between good and evil.











Persepolis Book Cover 

April 8, 2014 - 6:30 p.m., South Hill

by Marjane Satrapi 


Persepolis is a graphic novel about author Marjane Satrapi's childhood and coming of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. Satrapi captures the universal aspects of growing up and also presents the struggles of living in a country at war. If you have never read a graphic novel, Persepolis is a fantastic introduction to the format from a graphic artist who is considered among the best at her craft.


If you have any questions about the programs please call the South Hill Branch at 444-5386.