Book Discussion Groups

Each month “Twinkle” Marie Manning hosts a book discussion group for friends. Event listing page is now on the Moosehead Lake Retreats site.

2022 BOOK GROUP Selections:

Resuming her tradition of book discussion groups, “Twinkle” Marie Manning will be hosting online and in-person book groups throughout 2022. Click HERE for the Event Details.

2021 BOOK GROUP Selections: As Twinkle and her family prepare their full-time relocation to the Lake, we are pausing the monthly book groups for this year.

2020 BOOK GROUP Selections:

Our Book Group will meet in the evening-time 6:00pm-8:00pm the last Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise posted.

There will be no group in January-July.

August 2020: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

September Beginner’s Grace by Rev. Kate Braestrup

October 2020: Reviving Our Indigenous Souls: How to Practice the Ancient to Bring in the New by Cathie Stivers

2019 BOOK GROUP Selections:

January: The Seeker’s Guide by Elizabeth Lesser

February: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

March & April: Women’s Anthologies Selections

May: The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue by Barbara Samuel

June: Women’s Poetry Selections

Summertime Reading:

July: Firstlight: The Early Inspiration Writings by Sue Monk Kidd

August: When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd

September – November 2019 book groups are postponed.

December 2019 

Blessing Book by “Twinkle” Marie Porter-Manning

2018 BOOK GROUP Selections:

December: The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

(Click HERE for an excerpt from interview with Starhawk by Twinkle for her women’s spirituality series)

November: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

(Click HERE for an interview with Anita Diamant produced by Twinkle via her Empowering Women series in Boston, MA)

October: Womanrunes by Molly Remer (details about this special book “reading” will be posted soon)

September: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

August: Sacred Dimensions of Women’s Experience edited by Elizabeth Dodson Gray

(Click HERE for an interview with Elizabeth Dodson Gray produced by Twinkle via her Empowering Women series in Boston, MA)

July: The Witch of Portobello by Paula Coehlo

August: The Sirian Redemption by Linda Tuck Jenkins

June: Everyday Sacred by Sue Bender

May: Emmanuel’s Book compiled by Pat Rodegast and Judith Stanton

February: Joyous Everyday Living by Beth Amine

March: Elora of Stone – Jaime Lee Mann

April: The Energy of Prayer – Thich Nhat Hanh

January 2018:

The first month of the new year, Twinkle is gifting members of the book group a copy of “Be Like the Trees.” This pocket-size book is based on a sermon Twinkle delivered in 2017 and explores many facets of discernment we can gain from the life and living of trees as we journey on our sacred paths.  Participants will be given worksheets to accompany the manuscript and as we gather together we will envision how best we can support each other in the new year as we apply the lessons of Trees.

December 2017 Selection:

At the completion of each year, many discover that they have not fully experienced life, or relationships, in ways that bring them the most joy. One way we can enhance our relationships is by understanding the types of Love Languages preferred. Identifying our own preferences as well as the preferences of those we love and are loved by (and implementation actions accordingly) is a step along the path of nurturing our relationships.

2017 Autumntime Reading:

These selections from Nora Roberts delve into romance, (yes) and magick (of course) and community of friends coming together to confront both metaphysical and physical adversaries. The topic of domestic violence is paramount in this trilogy, as is the healing power of genuine love. We invite you to join us on this autumntime journey as the days turn darker and we deepen our journey inward.

September – Dance Upon the Air

October – Heaven and Earth

November – Face the Fire

2017 Summertime Reading:

July – The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen

April, May, June 2017

April – A Twisted Mission (An Olympia Brown Mystery ~ The Prequel) by Judith Campbell

May – Touching Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

June – Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer

January, February, March 2017

January – Living the Good Life, How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World by Helen and Scott Nearing

February – True Love, A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh

March – WOMAN Earth and Spirit, The Feminine in Symbol and Myth by Helen M. Luke

BOOK GROUP 2016: October, November, December

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October 19th – The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

November 16th – Dreaming the Dark by Starhawk

December 21st December 14th – Centering by M.C. Richards

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September 20th – Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

This is a book we often re-visit.  It holds many heart-truths to women whatever their daily lives look like.

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summer 2016 books


July 20th – Simple Things by Jim Brickman

August 17th – Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments by Kenneth Keith

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October 21st – Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

November 18th – Brida by Paulo Coelho

December 16th – The Sirian Redemption by Linda Tuck Jenkins

January 20th – The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan 

February 17th – The Age of Miracles by Marianne Williamson

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We are so happy to announce that these are the first five titles of 2015 we will be discussing at Twinkle’s Place on the third Wednesday of each month 9:00am-11:00am.

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May 20th – The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd

June 17th – The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

July 15th – The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

August 19th – Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman

September 16th – Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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