UTO Reads! "Gratitude" by Oliver Sacks

November 22, 2019
By: 
The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” —Oliver Sacks

Gratitude is a collection of four essays written by Oliver Sacks during the last few months of his life. In these essays, he explores his feelings while on the precipice of death. From the dust cover: “Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.” Join us as we read and reflect on the essays, faith, and gratitude of Oliver Sacks in our January UTO Reads! selection. (It’s just 45 pages.)

We’ll read this book and gather together on Zoom in January to discuss. Mark your calendar now for Tuesday, January 28, at 6 p.m. Eastern time to share your thoughts on this selection.

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