Book Club

Living The Literature of Spiritual Growth


Breath - James Nestor

Meets the Following Thursdays in January &  February:

January 6, 13 , 20 & 27
February 3, 10, 17 & 24

One Hour – 4pm Pacific, 5pm Mountain, 6pm Central, 7pm Eastern

If you cannot make the first meeting on January 6, you are welcome to start a week later on January 13. You do not need to have the book for the first meeting.

A New York Times Bestseller

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

Thich Nhat Hang


No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.

There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat twenty-five thousand times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences.

Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.

Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.

Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.


James Nestor

What People are Saying About Breath

‘Who would have thought something as simple as changing the way we breathe could be so revolutionary for our health? James Nestor is the perfect guide to the pulmonary world and has written a fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations’

– Dr Rangan Chatterjee


‘In the past few years, there have been several potentially life-changing books, from Matthew Walker’s Why We Sleep and Shane O’Mara’s In Praise of Walking, to Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing. Breath deserves a place alongside such volumes. Read it, and I guarantee you will want to change the way you breathe’

– Evening Standard


‘A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe – and how we’ve all been doing it wrong for a long, long time. I already feel calmer and healthier just in the last few days, from making a few simple changes in my breathing, based on what I’ve read. Our breath is a beautiful, healing, mysterious gift, and so is this book’

– Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


‘A wonderful book that reminds and enlightens us about how breath and mind are intertwined’

– Rahul Jandial, author of Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon


‘If you want to read a book about the power of the breath, this is it!’

– Patrick McKeown, author of The Oxygen Advantage

Facilitated by Rev Lisa Williams

Rev Lisa Williams


You buy the book – we provide the free book club connection via Zoom

You provide a receptive mind – we provide a forum for exploration

During the week, we read a selected portion of the book by ourselves
Each scheduled Thursday, at the end of the day, we join a simple online video meeting, enjoy a facilitated discussion of the reading and the results we’re getting from the practical spiritual suggestions in the book

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