Bedrock Books supports social and humanitarian projects where certain types of books can benefit young people and adults in need of emotional support, inspiration and encouragement.
Our goal is to provide books to projects which inspire reading, storytelling, reflection and sharing for personal and social benefit. Reading helps us connect to ourselves and to our own humanity, then to more peaceful coexistence and, ultimately, to more compassionate actions in society.
Reading, sharing and reflection are badly needed in our society today; even more than ever. Bedrock Books believe that if we connect first to our own humanity, we can then move from that personal understanding to a more peaceful and compassionate society.
WHAT ARE THE FUNDS FOR ? Your donation will simply buy a book or a number of books. We also spend a small amount on promotional materials and the maintenance of our website.
BENEFITS We believe that human beings' capacity for self reflection is an important aspect of our evolution. The hope is that by encouraging reading and reflection on particular themes; people and ultimately society will benefit in terms of well being, harmonious relationships, and peaceful actions. We believe that the focus on compassion, self worth, respect for diversity and nonviolent cooperation is highly beneficial to vulnerable individuals. In the reading groups in particular we believe that the following skills can be developed: conflict resolution, deep listening, dialogue, and empathy building.
FEEDBACK Thanks to the generosity of donors, we’ve already shared 800 copies of ‘Splitting the Arrow’ (the previous edition of Peace is Possible) with every prison library in the UK and with other charitable projects and had some lovely feedback. Thank you so much for your past support. Here are some examples of feedback from our reading groups:
‘’self-worth is the key to inner peace rather than external views” “That reflection is positive, sometimes humbling and always stimulating” ‘‘To appreciate that dawn always follows the night’. ‘‘It is possible to change the world in ways that use tiny (way smaller than baby) steps.’’ “The total positivity, given what can be a very negative environment.” ‘‘To listen carefully to people’s opinions, perspectives and thoughts, even if I don’t agree with them; they can still evoke thought which would not have been evoked without listening to them’.’ ‘‘I am taking away that I have the power within myself to deal with anything/situation.” “The book enabled myself and others to open up emotionally and share feelings and emotions. WHAT DIFFERENCE CAN YOU MAKE? Your donation will really make a difference by providing an opportunity for another human being to reflect and build on their own innate positive qualities.
WHAT YOUR DONATIONS WILL COVER 1. £5 will cover the postage of two books to projects 2. £10 will cover the website costs for a month 3. £15 will cover a copy of ‘Peace is Possible’ and the postage costs
THE BOOKS The first book we are supplying is 'Peace is Possible' by Prem Rawat. We hope to provide other books which uphold the values of Bedrock Books. For our reading groups we are using various titles including ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’ by Richard Bach, ‘A Man called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman and ‘Gratitude’ by Oliver Sacks.
UPDATE With the forthcoming publication, in June 2019, of ‘Peace is Possible’ by Prem Rawat, we want to take this project to the next level! Our goal is to buy 500 copies of ‘Peace is Possible’ and get them sent to projects this year. We’ll keep you posted on progress and share some of the amazing stories, as they come in. Thank you for your support .
HOW DOES THE PROJECT WORK? It works through the generosity of people buying and donating copies of books, which are then sent to worthy causes. Examples of projects we have sent books to are : family refuges, children's hospitals and prison libraries. The idea is very simple, we invite people who empathise with the purpose and values of Bedrock, to donate books for worthy causes. We then give those books to different projects, whose recipients can benefit from reading and reflecting on the messages in the books. We encourage organisations to use the books in active and creative ways (such as in reading groups, where reflection and interaction on positive values and identities is encouraged) and to feedback to us any responses to the books. The chosen books are non-political, non-religious and non-sectarian. Texts are intended to inspire and evoke rather than proscribe.
WHO ARE WE? Bedrock Books is not-for-profit organisation entirely run by volunteers.
VALUES Bedrock Books promotes the following values:
Active Listening Self-Awareness Self-Empowerment Empathy Compassion Dignity Peaceful existence Respect for others