Retired physician David Grube will review “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World," by The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu at noon Wednesday at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library as part of the Random Review program
“The Book of Joy” presents a weeklong conversation between two religious leaders, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They discuss questions posed by ordinary people about the nature of happiness and its sources. Their prescription is to seek joyfulness from within oneself rather than from external sources like money and power.
The means through which they advise us to achieve this state are the familiar tenets of practicing humility, gratitude, forgiveness and helping others. But what makes this book succeed is its expression of the seemingly bottomless capacity of these two spiritual thinkers for compassion, love and understanding of the human condition with its struggles and losses that we all have in common. The authors know how to make readers feel happy even while reading this book.
Grube was born in Eugene and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated from University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU). He did his internship in Tucson, Arizona, and then enlisted in the U.S. Public Health Service, National Health Service Corps. With David Cutsforth, he founded Philomath Family Medicine, where he worked from 1977 until his “retirement” in 2012.
He is the national medical director for Compassion and Choices, a nonprofit organization that educates, supports, and advocates for choice at the end of life and is on the board of directors of Lumina Hospice. Grube loves to sing, travel and write.
Up next: Next month's program on April 11 will feature "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren. It will be reviewed by Joyce Loper, associate dean of the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.