ABC’s Spiritual Book Club Amsterdam – New Bookpick: Loving What Is

On Sunday February 12th, ABC’s Spiritual Book Club Amsterdam will meet at the ABC Treehouse to discuss our new book pick: Byron Katie’s Loving What Is.

“Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls “The Work.” In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is. Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself.”

What is the Spiritual Book Club?

The Spiritual Book Club’s focus is on practical Spirituality. “How do I apply these spiritual insights in my own life?” “How can I stay centered in the hectic of every day living?” are questions we will address during our discussions. Coming together with other “spiritual seekers” from all over the world in an ambiance of mutual respect and relaxed openness is what the Spiritual Book Club is all about.


  • When: every 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Next meeting: Sunday February 12th
  • Time: 15:00 to 17:00
  • Location: ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, Amsterdam
  • Cost: free, but reservations are requested via host and participants are expected to buy the book selection at ABC
  • Minimum number of participants: 4
  • Host: Femke Wijdekop, e-mail