Adult Ed at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian is reading:
- In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, by Gabor Mate (10/22-29, Nov. 5-19). This book explains that addiction is more than a matter of individual choice or a medical disease. Almost anything can become addictive, from seemingly healthy activities such as eating or exercising, to abusing drugs intended for healing. Addictions, for the most part, develop in a compulsive attempt to ease one’s pain or distress in the world. Instead of understanding and acceptance, we give addicts punishment and moral disapproval. The author locates the source of addictions in the trauma of an emotionally empty childhood, making it a relational rather than a medical problem. This potential cause leads to human connection rather than traditional treatment as the cure.
our next title:
- Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tippett (12/3-17, Jan. 7-21). When President Obama gave Krista Tippett the coveted National Humanities Medal, he praised her for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” Grounded in Tippett’s life of conversation, the book offers more than a chronicle of her award-winning public radio program, On Being. The author not only gives us the voices of the remarkable people with whom she’s conversed on-air. She speaks her own voice as well, a voice informed by her lifelong search for truth and meaning.
Join us at 9:30a.m. in the More Light Room every Sunday. All are welcome.