Sue Monk. The Secret Life of
Bees. New York: Viking Press,
Picoult, Jodi. Keeping Faith.
New York: Perennial/Harper
Collins Publishers, 2000.
Quindlen, Anna. Blessings. New York: Random
Sebold, Alice. Lovely Bones. Boston: Little,
Brown, and Company, 2002.
Introductions and Overview
faith, the meaning of miracles, visions of God
The Secret Life of Bees
mothers and madonnas
of us, when we read a book, looks over someone’s shoulder, trying to figure
out the other, hoping to see what another sees, grubbing for a clue as to what
is going on in the world. . .” -William
Willimon, Reading with Deeper Eyes
The majority of our time together will be discussing the
novels, so please read each novel BEFORE class so that you can participate in
the conversation and sharing of wisdom. This
means that the novel, Keeping Faith,
needs to be read prior to the first class on February 10, 2002.
two assignments for those taking the course for credit:
For each novel, write a 1-2 page paper exploring a spiritual theme in the
book that is of significance to you. How
does the author invite you to engage with the theme?
What new questions, insights, or challenges are yours as a result of
reading the novel?
A final integrative paper (4 – 5 pages) or creative expression.
What threads of connection have you discerned through reading and
conversation for your own journey?
assignments are due by May 20, 2003.
for the course will be determined as follows:
30% reflection papers (combined)
40% final paper or project