Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning

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Finding Your Religion is a guidebook for the perplexed–those who have lost faith in the religion of their youth and are not sure how to continue their spiritual lives. The book's author, the Rev. Scotty McLennan, has plenty of experience with the perplexed; he is a Unitarian minister and the chaplain at Tufts University. (He has also inspired and entertained millions of people indirectly, as the model for the freewheeling character Reverend Scott Sloan in Garry Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury.) McLennan has structured Finding Your Religion on a model of six stages of faith–Magic, Reality, Dependence, Interdependence, and Unity. The book describes each of these stages in detail, drawing on McLennan's experience with students' spiritual searches and on his own search (which led him, among other places, to Harvard Law School and to ashrams in the Far East). McLennan's prose is clear and direct; he is very open to exploration, and very tough on laziness. "Pick a religious path and start walking," he writes. "Even if it turns out not to be the right way later on, you won't get anywhere spiritually without starting." –Michael Joseph Gross

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 Reprint edition (December 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060653469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060653460
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Excellent and interesting

9 people found this helpful.
 on April 6, 2002
By Jennifer B. Barton
This book puts forth a framework that says that maybe a person’s changes in religious belief is not a state of confusion but a lifelong process that all people go through to one extent or another. It is the first time I have viewed the ‘evolution’ (I hesitate to say maturation) of my beliefs as part of a development process that could be described in predictable stages – like those described in a Human Development psychology course.

We’re All Travelers on the Spiritual Mountain

23 people found this helpful.
 on March 28, 2006
By Katie
WOW – I found this to be a very thought-provoking, insightful, interesting read! The author writes in a wonderful, non-judgmental way, and because of this I was drawn into it from the start.

A good book for seekers.

3 people found this helpful.
 on June 25, 2007
By Page Turner
I just recently bought this book, and I found it delightful to read. The author’s tone is gentle and funny. The use of personal anecdotes also helps keeps the book interesting. There are many good ideas for how to find your way to a religion or form of spiritualty in your life in this book. One of the main ideas I really thought was useful, and hadn’t thought of before was the idea of just picking a path, and walking. It may not be right, but you have to start somewhere which is the major point of this book. It also talks a lot about people’s spiritual journeys which are inspiring to read, and to see how they came to their `end’ (Although no one really finishes I think!) of their journey.

Start your climb!

11 people found this helpful.
 on May 26, 2005
By LanceFR
Rev. McLennan wrote a masterpiece! This book is a must for those who are lost in the areas of finding a religion, or even those who feel firm where they are. He introduces other religions from his own experiences and shows that “all paths lead to the top” but they are all radically special in their own right. I found my path by following Rev. McLennan’s suggestions, and reread the book every year. I can’t recommend this book enough, it deserves 10 stars, he even gives books to read and web pages to visit for more information on different religions.

Helpful, Interesting, Well written

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 2, 2007
By R. Hochwalt
An excellent example of a book which in a friendly yet organized way strives to assist those looking for a faith or path that will be meaningful to them. The author through his work with students and adults in spiritual matters has not just theoretical knowledge but practical wisdom to impart to the reader. The many examples of persons seeking a path and how they went about it — is one of the best things about this book.

Easy read

 on March 26, 2010
By A. Braswell
I like this book very much because it is easy to read and has a good message to those who are looking for a way to practice a religion, but are confused as to how to go about it. The author comforts one in that he tells one how to practice a faith that has become irrelevant. He shows how many religions have similar attributes – truths and that it matters little which path one chooses. The important point is to choose one and begin to practice it. Certainly, it is not for the serious scholar, but for those who do not wish to delve too deeply into the heart of things.

Generally good

 on July 16, 2008
By Trixie
I enjoyed this book and liked how it was written explaining the various “journies” of many people and many paths they went down. Rev Scotty has many good points and anecdotes about the subject. The only reason I took one star away is that he segwayed into things that weren’t as important. In the second hald of the chapter “Rejoicing” he was telling jokes and describing specific comics of Doonsberry. Other than those little things it was great

There is not one single path, and maybe that’s for the best

5 people found this helpful.
 on October 14, 2001
By J. J. Kwashnak
Today so many are strugglign to find who they are, and where they fit into the larger spiritual picture. Many people wish to be connected with God but don’t know how. They were shown one way when they were growing up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it continues to be the right one as we grow. It’s imporant that Rev. McLennan subtitles his book “When the Faith You Grew Up with Has Lost Its Meaning.” Because this is the real thrust of the book – finding your way back.

Accessible and Shares Many Experiences

11 people found this helpful.
 on May 11, 2000
This book is accessible to a wide audience. I can see where some may classify it as self-helpish, but that would be selling it short. It’s interesting to read a book by an author that is interested in clearing the way for you to walk a spiritual path rather than pushing you down a particular road.

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