Next to a dog, books are humankind’s “best friend”. They comfort, inspire and transform us. They provide accessible, inexpensive and ever-present companionship. And, when needed, they also help us sleep.
Books indeed are vital to our well-being in body, mind, spirit and community.
Hence, every other Saturday, for the past five years, around a dozen Sunrise book-lovers gather at my cozy condo to share insights on a book being read by all of us, interspersed by recounting our personal struggles and triumphs, over strong coffee and homemade treats. We are often deeply moved. We feel warmly heard and validated. And we’re given encouragement that allows us to keep choosing life, and to live our lives more freely and fully.
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, we launched the study of our 11th book, Pamela Rotner Sakamoto’s
(HarperCollins, 2016). It’s a warmly poignant story of a Japanese American family caught between two worlds – Japan and America- during World War II.
The story is ultimately triumphant. Although the war inflicted crushing loss, pain, conflict and guilt, the family bond of the Fukuhara family was never completely severed. Following the war, healing, reconciliation and redemption take place. It took courage, compassion and commitment.
Our study of the book will culminate in a conversation, followed by lunch, with the author on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at MOA Hawai`i. Her book is now available in paperback.
The next two books the group hope to cover this year are Hank Wesselman’s The Bowl of Light-Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman (Sounds True, 2011) and Jonathan Kozol’s The Theft of Memory-Losing My Father, One Day at a Time (Penguin Random House, 2015). Both are in paperback.
After reading any of these three books, you’re invited to send us your comments on them for possible blog-sharing in our website.
Happy reading, reflection and renewal!