A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World

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The New York Times bestselling author and trusted spiritual adviser offers a follow-up to his classic Care of the Soul.
Something essential is missing from modern life. Many who’ve turned away from religious institutionsand others who have lived wholly without religionhunger for more than what contemporary secular life has to offer but are reluctant to follow organized religion’s strict and often inflexible path to spirituality. In A Religion of One’s Own, bestselling author and former monk Thomas Moore explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion.

Two decades ago, Moore’s Care of the Soul touched a chord with millions of readers yearning to integrate spirituality into their everyday lives. In A Religion of One’s Own, Moore expands on the topics he first explored shortly after leaving the monastery. He recounts the benefits of contemplative living that he learned during his twelve years as a monk but also the more original and imaginative spirituality that he later developed and embraced in his secular life. Here, he shares stories of others who are creating their own path: a former football player now on a spiritual quest with the Pueblo Indians, a friend who makes a meditative practice of floral arrangements, and a well-known classical pianist whose audiences sometimes describe having a mystical experience while listening to her performances. Moore weaves their experiences with the wisdom of philosophers, writers, and artists who have rejected materialism and infused their secular lives with transcendence.

At a time when so many feel disillusioned with or detached from organized religion yet long for a way to move beyond an exclusively materialistic, rational lifestyle, A Religion of One’s Own points the way to creating an amplified inner life and a world of greater purpose, meaning, and reflection.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240829X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592408290
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Customer Reviews

this will make sense

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 22, 2016
By rhubarb jones
read it and understand why organized religion doesn’t nourish us completely. find your spiritual path


2 people found this helpful.
 on April 25, 2016
By Kathy O.
Wonderful book! I purchased 2 other copies as gifts.

Giving voice to deep longing

 on January 1, 2018
By Cedric A. Harmon
Take the time to enrich your life and experience of it by reading this book. It matters not your religiosity, the writer speaks to our humanity. The opportunity to explore and know self more completely is presented in beautiful writing and accessible methods for us all.

Do not enter this realm lightly

 on November 11, 2017
By Dan
Everyone who is searching for something bigger than the organized church should read this book.

Five Stars

 on April 3, 2017
By David W. Miller
This book will really support your individual spiritual practice.

Personal Spiritual Journey

 on November 19, 2015
By Trey Maynard
Finally, a thought provoking guide for those not in “church”. Thomas Moore helps those seekers outside the box and boundaries find fuel for the journey and a path for direction.

Five Stars

 on April 29, 2017
By Jewels
Loved this inspirational book. Definitely worthwhile for me and my family!!!!

Five Stars

 on April 24, 2017
By Judith Hevenly
An Amazing book.

Five Stars

 on July 23, 2017
By Kim
Received on time and a very interesting read.

Wonderful and Inspiring

 on August 15, 2017
By Vicki4Vitality
I love everything about the book. I do sort of miss having the book in hand… there’s something very satisfying about being able to see and touch this kind of book ~ beyond the read.

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