Dear Book Club Members:
For the month of ___________, our book club is reading:
An Infinity of Little Hours:
Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World’s Most Austere Monastic Order.
Contrary to what you might think, this is not a religious book, although the setting is a Catholic monastic order which began in 1084. Nor is it a boring recitation of facts. Actually, it’s a page-turner. This cultural history reads like a novel, but it is a coming-of-age story and a mystery as well.
Some readers have been surprised to find themselves clarifying their own spiritual beliefs as they read about the monks’ rather unusual practices; they also report having a great deal of compassion, sympathy, and even admiration for them. This is because the author has us walking in the shoes of five young men. You can feel the dampness of the ancient buildings, the primitive living conditions, and, the irritation of the other monks. The mystery is… which one of the five young men will commit his life to the Order until Judgment Day.
(Optional: attached are some questions which might guide our discussion during the meeting.)
(Optional: we are delighted to have the author, Nancy Klein Maguire, join us by phone at ___(time)___ , after our book discussion. This will provide an opportunity to know Nancy and ask those difficult questions.)
For additional information, I also refer you to the author’s website: www.nancykleinmaguire.com. I look forward to seeing you at our meeting.
Book Club Organizer