God on Your Own : Finding A Spiritual Path Outside Religion

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After spending eight years in a monastery, Joseph Dispenza walked away from his life as a monk and the religion of his youth in search of a different kind of spiritual path. Outside the confines of organized religion, Dispenza was able to create a spiritual life that gives direction and meaning to all he does and all he is. God on Your Own is written for anyone who has left (or is thinking of leaving) organized religion but wants to continue on a spiritual path. Written by noted author and retreat leader Joseph Dispenza, this book provides a spiritual road map for those who want to make the transition from conventional religion toward a richer and more satisfying direct relationship with the Source, without rules, dogmas, or doctrines. Throughout the book, Dispenza offers wise, compassionate guidance, speaking as one seeker to another. He has made this journey himself, gleaning spiritual truth from across traditions and practices.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (June 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787983128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787983123
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

A Bible for the Derailed Catholic

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 11, 2013
By David W. Berner
I first picked up God on Your Own several years ago, and since then have re-read it at least three times, choosing sections to linger over, permitting the wisdom to settle in. As what I like to call a “derailed Catholic,” a lot of what Joseph writes about is incredibly close to my experiences, shunning religion, being angry and disillusioned by religion and lost spiritually. Yet, I longed for…something. I may not have found it yet, but this book has offered at the very least a wonderful road map. It is the first book on spirituality I have ever read that rings so close to what I have believed for so long, but have been unable to articulate. Although our paths are in many ways different – I have not lived in a monastery, for one – I feel as if Joseph has been where I’ve been spiritually. His story, his insight is honest, unflinching, and real. God On Your Own is for anyone who is “searching.” And in many ways, isn’t that all of us?

life changing

3 people found this helpful.
 on August 18, 2014
By Linda
I found this book by ‘accident’ on Amazon while reading Joe Dispenza’s newest book, You are the placebo. This is simple yet truly life-changing. I am also reading books by dr. Hazel Parcells, teilhard de Chardin, and Joseph goldsmith. Thanks for the ‘accident.’ Truly life changing.

Everyone should read this.

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2014
By catnbooklover
I know there is something “God or Spirit or Higher Power” but the dogma of most or all religions is hard to believe.

Good Start to Explore Religions

 on July 28, 2016
By Heather J. Gerson
I am really enjoying this book. The concept seems very flexible and supportive. It hit a cord for where I’m at right now. He uses wonderful examples and has a lot of life experience to back up his report.

great insight!

One person found this helpful.
 on December 20, 2013
By Genavee
This book spoke to so many things that I was feeling and Joseph gives you a great insight into his experience and encouragement to you to feel it’s okay to change your mind about your spiritual journey and traditions! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for their own way!

Helpful alternative

One person found this helpful.
 on September 7, 2012
By Grant G. White III
This book offers helpful, non-bias alternatives to those seeking a path of sprirtuality that does not necessarily include formal religion. The author does a very good job of sharing his journey in a way that most can relate to. Journeys of this sort are seldom linear nor conflict free. In fact, the road to authenticity is often paved with many more potholes than roads convered in conformity.

A Skeptic Catching Up

9 people found this helpful.
 on June 14, 2006
By Jock Whitehouse
I left formalized religion over 40 years ago, so Joseph Dispenza’s narrative doesn’t catch up with me until about 1/3 of the way through … but from then on it keeps getting better and better. In short, he has said that if you’re not leading a spiritual life, the life isn’t worth leading. I’ve found that to be very true of my own life. Dispenza’s experiences clarify struggles I’ve been through and conditions required for passage. Had I known them earlier it would have been an easier trip. His ending is a metaphysical coda with all instruments playing, a resonant and optimistic look into the future.

Five Stars

 on March 2, 2016
By fabiola loaiza
Worth the time to read

On the Path

5 people found this helpful.
 on September 4, 2006
By Kaayla T. Daniel
In his many books Joseph Dispenza brilliantly updates the wanderer tradition in literature to lend insight and guidance to today’s spiritual seekers. Whether exploring motion pictures, the groundbreaking path of healer Hazel Parcells, the way of the traveler, the place of silence or the finding of a spiritual path outside religion, Dispenza shares what he is learning himself — that both the inner and outer journeys are sacred, that all of us are “prodigal sons,” that there are many, seemingly different paths but all will carry us “home.”

While I enjoyed it….

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 12, 2013
By Penelope
I did enjoy this book, but don’t confuse this author Joseph Dispenza, with Dr Joe Dispenza. They have similar names and both offer books in the spiritual-help business.

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