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Book Study: how not to be afraid by Gareth Higgins

Join a new book study about how not to be afraid led by the Rev. Cn. Allisyn Thomas

by Allisyn Thomas on May 13, 2021

The world seems terrifying. Whether your fear is about violence, shame, illness, money, meaning, or the collapse of certainty, you are not alone. Yet the power of the fear we feel depends on the story we tell about fear. Fight, flee, or freeze, are these are only options? As a child in war-torn Belfast, Gareth Higgins was schooled in suspicion, mistrust, and paranoia. Would someone be lurking behind the door? Was there a bomb under that car? Yet fear feeds on the stories we tell ourselves, Higgins claims, and in the pages of How Not to Be Afraid, he delves into the mechanisms of fear, as well as the quiet, immense strength of individuals and communities that refuse to let it reign.

Grounded in personal experience and expert reflection on violence, conflict transformation, and trauma recovery, Higgins traces vulnerability as strength to address seven common fears that plague each of us at some point in our lives. By examining such topics as the fear of being alone, of not having enough, and of having done something that can't be fixed, he invites readers into habits of hope rooted in Celtic spirituality and the mysteries of love. In the rich spiritual and literary tradition of John O'Donohue and Kathleen Norris, Higgins points us toward tenderness, empathy, and gentle encounter with each other and with our deepest and most relentless fears. He shows us how we can replace our narratives of fear and cynicism with better stories. Peace is the way to itself, he reveals, and when we choose this path, our lives will never be the same.

Book study begins June 1.

Reading Assignments

June 1 (10am)/June 3 (5:30pm) Foreward through Chapter 2

June 8 (10am)/June 10 (5:30pm) Chapters 3 through 6

June 15 (10am)/June 17 (5:30pm) Chapters 7 through 9

June 22 (10 am)/June 24 (5:30pm) Chapter 10 through Blessings

Join the Zoom
Meeting ID: 869 3904 2429
Passcode: Stbarts60

It is the same Zoom information for all sessions.

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