Another timely Community Read: The Second Mountain

Tuesday Evenings
February 16th – March 30th

Led by The Rev. John Beach, St. John’s Church, Saugus

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Copies of this book are available to Saugus Public Library cardholders. To place a hold on a copy, visit our online catalog. Hurry, supplies are limited!

“Deeply moving, frequently eloquent and extraordinarily incisive.”—The Washington Post

From Rev. John Beach: “How can we come together in with our neighbors and discuss those things that matter to us? Come join our book discussion group!
In The Second Mountain, New York Times commentator David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it’s also a provocative social commentary. We have taken individualism to the extreme—and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.”

Published: February 2nd, 2021

Author: Alan Thibeault