Annotations from the Church Library

Good Morning, Friends! I am happy to announce that the library has been brought up to date. The bookshelves are labeled so you can find a book in alphabetical order by the author’s or translator’s family name. Each book has been stamped as belonging to the library and has a pocket and card in either the front or back cover. (Our preference from now on will be to put the card/pocket inside the front cover.)

The first book I want to tell you about is The Transcendent Life: Understanding the Nature of True Power by Jim Rosemergy. Rev. Rosemergy is a retired Unity minister who for many years was closely aligned with the Unity School of Christianity. In The Author’s Note, he tells us, “The Transcendent life, the humble life, is hard because we make it hard. We hold on when the way to a new life is letting go. The things, experiences, and life that are truly ours come because we let go. Loving relationships come when we forget ourselves. We are lifted up when we make ourselves small. It is in this way that we come to understand the true nature of power.” This 107-page book not only explains his view but also includes a 40-day guide to practicing transcendence. Find this book under “ROS” in the Basic Unity Teachings bookcase.

Our library has four books that are part of a series called Mystical Classics of the World. They are:

(1) Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. (Found under LAU in General Readings.) The 81 passages of Tao Te Ching fill 105 pages. However, there are 44 pages of commentary which help the reader understand this classic of Chinese religion.

(2) The Bhagavad-Gita translated by Barbara Stoller Miller. (Found under MIL in General Reading). This is an essential text of the Hindu religion in India since having been written in the 1st century A.D.

(3) The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism by Daniel C. Matt shows the most important tenets of this path. (Found under MAT in General Readings)

(4) The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks. (Found under BAR in General Readings). In 1244, Jelaluddin Rumi’s life changed forever when he met the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz. “What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being.” Then Rumi changed from scholar to artist, as an unforgettable poet who is still well-loved today.

— Joyce Zephyrin

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