Are you looking for a way to grow in your faith, meet others, and have a moment in the week for reflection? Early Risers Book Group is starting a new session on April 29 and everyone is welcome to participate.  

We invite you to join Pastor Erik as we begin a new (and brand new) book, How Not to Be Afraid — Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying by Gareth Higgins. The book was just released on April 14, and I think it will be a good one for our discussions. Our discounted price for the book is $15.

Here’s what the publisher has to say about this book:
The world seems terrifying. Whether your fear is about violence, shame, illness, money, meaning, or the collapse of certainty, you are not alone. Yet the power of the fear we feel depends on the story we tell about fear. Fight, flee, or freeze: are these our only options?

Growing up near the troubled city of Belfast, Gareth Higgins was schooled in suspicion, mistrust, and paranoia. Would someone be lurking behind the door? Was there a bomb under that car? Yet fear feeds on the stories we tell ourselves, Higgins claims, and in the pages of How Not to Be Afraid, he delves into the mechanisms of fear, as well as the quiet, immense strength of individuals and communities that refuse to let it reign.

Grounded in personal experience and expert reflection on violence, conflict transformation, and trauma recovery, Higgins traces vulnerability as a strength to address seven common fears that plague each of us at some point in our lives. By examining such topics as the fear of being alone, the fear of not having enough, and the fear of violence and death, he invites readers into habits of hope rooted in Celtic spirituality and the mysteries of love.

The schedule will be determined closer to the start date, the first meeting we’ll read the Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1
Here’s a video trailer:
Our Zoom link for Thursday mornings will continue to be:

Meeting ID: 814 172 150
Passcode: 598120