"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Secret Life of Bees

We reviewed The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd for our literature group:

Some of our favorite topics of discussion were:
  • inner fire, flames, heat
  • healing: grief, holding others' sorrow, pain, and depression, love
  • ritual: sacredness in daily activities, manna, worship
  • honey and bees: uses and properties of honey, functionality and members of a hive, characteristics of each type of bee in a hive (industrious, sweet, a sisterhood)
  • female deity: mother of thousands, queen
  • Respect for life: rebirth, death, resurrection
This is probably one of my all-time favorites because of its strong and gentle female characters, and the respect and love shown to all things in the earth. Also, the racially-charged plot is about a million times better than some of the other facetious books I've read recently. Have you read this book yet? Do tell!

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