Book Group

Book Discussion Group on “How to Live a Good Life”
This is an experiment book discussion group by Paul Baier.  

Next meeting: Sunday, Oct 15, 7p-8:30p at Panera Bread, Newton Centre to discuss The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

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Group Goal and Meeting Format
  • The goal is to understand different views on how to live a good life. The group is aimed at adults age 45+. The key questions
    • What is a “good life”? How is it defined?
    • How do others advocate for finding happiness, contentment, and serenity?
    • Practically, how should one best manage career, family, friendships, community?
    • What can one learn from others about managing one’s life in their 40s, 50s and 60s?
    • What are different concepts of the meaning of life?
    • How does one age vibrantly and gracefully?
  • Format
    • 7p-8p Part 1: Moderated discussion 60 min
      • Goal is to understand what the author is saying. Start with 3-5 written questions
    • 8:p Part 2: Open discussion  30 min
      • Do I agree or disagree with the author? Why?
      • How does this reading change my view?
    • 8:30p end

Readings (not in any order);  aim for <2hours of reading time

We aim to use the same version of each reading to make it easier when referring to page numbers and to avoid translation issues (the links below are to a version sold on Amazon)


Completed Readings
  • On Contentment, by Plutarch. Ask Paul for PDF version

Other candidates


Discussion Rules for Part 1 (Draft)
  • A moderator is named before the meeting and the moderator role is to ensure the conversation says on track, is solely focused on understanding what the author is trying to say, and within time.  The moderator should also have 3 questions to guide the discussion.
  • The goal of Part 1 for the everyone to ensure a shared understanding the author's message with references only to the assigned material (no secondary sources). Personal opinions can be discussed in Part 2.