Beyond Books - October 2016


With Kiersten Gallagher

- Thursday, October 6th, 12:30-1:30pm

In this monthly book club, participants will select the overall themes and books. Topics may include a book on living with cancer, a poet's exploration of life, a

guide to integrating arts and healing, or a novel with themes of strength and survival. We will share opinions, experiences, and hope in a supportive, facilitated environment that encourages input from all. A single book may be explored over several sessions, as we work to apply its wisdom to our own lives. Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our lively conversations.

We will meet on Thursday, October 6th this month to discuss Unlocking The Heart of Healing by Bridget Hughes.

We are trying something new at Smith Center. We have opened up our book club to the online Facebook community. If you would like to get in on the discussion, we have set up a way to do that. Join us in reading and sharing about Bridget Hughes' amazing book about healing. Click here to view our Facebook event page.

Author Bridget Hughes shares that, "This exploration of Unlocking the Heart of Healing does not hold sole allegiance to the outcome of reversing illness.  Radical health does not always mean our body heals.Though I enthusiastically share stories of many people who did recover from diseases or conditions that should have been impossible to reverse, healing includes finding peace and a sense of inner freedom when a disease doesn't reverse.

Past book selections have included:

  • My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen
  • How to be Sick by Toni Bernhard
  • The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
  • Healing Grief: A Story of Survivorship by Joan Heller Miller
  • Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo
  • The Anatomy of Hope by Jerome Groopman
  • The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary by Angeles Arrien
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story by Dan Harris
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, & Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk.
  • The Big Bamboozle: How We Are Conned Out of the Life We Want by Cheri Huber and Ashwini Narayanan
  • Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging, and Illness by Wendy Miller

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Please RSVP to help us plan.


Kiersten Gallagher

About Kiersten Gallagher

Kiersten Gallagher is an avid reader and has been studying wellness for over three decades. It was five years ago, when Kiersten was introduced to teaching people who are affected by cancer, that she landed within a community that was looking for meaning and hope in an unfair world. Working with an extraordinary group of people has given Kiersten a new perspective, deep gratitude every day, and hope that healing is possible even when the odds feel like they are against you. Kiersten strives to facilitate a comfortable, healing environment that helps participants gain new insight into themselves and the world we live in through reading, reflection, and discussion.