Ruth mentioned several books in her talk and we’ve listed these here. Click on title’s to take you to Amazon page.
George Vaillant’s book on the development and well-being of the Grant study of a longitudinal sample of men, now in their nineties and studied regularly since they were undergraduates at Harvard University, also reads like a riveting detective tale, despite revealing the solution at the start: “Happiness is love”…The study’s superficially simple message is engagingly delivered by its author…He has a thought-provoking story to tell.
The Velveteen Rabbit It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become real through the love of his owner. The book was first published in 1922 and has been republished many times since.
Thirty years ago, Gregory Boyle founded Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, his debut book, he distills his experience working with gang members into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.
In a moving example of unconditional love in difficult times, the Jesuit priest and bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.
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