Book Reflection

Summer 2021 Book Reflection

The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness

By Ingrid Fetell Lee

Joy isn’t hard to find at all. In fact, it’s all around us.” – Ingrid Fetell Lee

After the spotlight on grief, sadness, fear, and anger the challenges of the past year have brought, we invite you to switch your attention to the cultivation of joy in your life.

As a contemplative community, we usually focus on slowing down to gaze inward or be in the present moment to find the peace, love, and joy we desire. However, sometimes the external can be a powerful source of inspiration to support us in experiencing these gifts.

“This book has the power to change everything. Writing with depth, wit, and insight, Ingrid Fetell Lee shares all you need to know in order to create external environments that give rise to inner joy.” –Susan Cain, author of Quiet and founder of Quiet Revolution

Please join us on a 4-week discovery of the aesthetics of joy and this designer’s wisdom to help us “harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.”

Book Reflection Details

Four 90-minute facilitated sessions VIA ZOOM, JUNE 2021

Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing. (dates vary by facilitator)


$50 + book.

Partial Scholarships available


See chart below for a complete list of facilitators and the dates/times their groups meet.

For more information about this empowering workshop event, please contact Eremos today.

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(90 Minute Sessions)
Dianna AmordeWednesdays from 7:00pm  – 8:30pmJune 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rdVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Annette PearsonTuesdays from 1:00pm to 2:15pm June 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22ndVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Barbara Schutz Wednesdays from 12:30pm – 2:00pmJune 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rdVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN

All Time are Central

About the Author

Ingrid Fetell Lee

A designer and founder of the blog The Aesthetics of Joy, Ms. Lee has been featured as an expert on design and joy by the New York Times, Wired, and Fast Company. She holds a master’s in industrial design from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s in English and creative writing from Princeton University.

Note: All of our facilitators are experts in holding space for different points of view and authentic sharing; however, when it comes to racial justice, they are beginners and eager to learn – with you – what racial justice and anti-racism really mean.

FACILITATOR: Barbara Schutz was called more deeply into the care of God’s people through the ministry of Spiritual Direction more than 20 years again.  She offers individual and group spiritual direction, retreats, classes, and workshops and has facilitated many book groups for Eremos.  Barbara describes her passion as “creating opportunities for others to encounter God”.

FACILITATOR: Dianna Amorde is the Executive Director of Eremos and has been facilitating these book groups since she arrived 8 years ago. She considers them one of her favorite ways of connecting with and supporting the Eremos community and delights in the opportunity to hear different points of view.

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