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What is faith? It is not something we must receive from a religion, nor is it a quality we must abandon in order to become rational. "Faith," writes bestselling author Roger Housden, "implies a basic trust in the way life weaves its patterns-an awareness that is not passive or fatalistic, but actively engaged with and accepting all of life's twists and turns." At a time when more and more people self-identify as "spiritual but not religious," Housden's new book Keeping the Faith Without a Religion offers us a way to recognize and embrace the extraordinary mystery of our lives without resorting to dogmatic beliefs or nihilistic scientism. He invites us to investigate:
. Faith and belief-how the unattainable desire for certainty has come to replace our true understanding of faith
. Becoming your own spiritual authority-guidance for building a personal faith based on your own inner experience
. How we can integrate a regular spiritual practice into our lives without subscribing to a particular tradition, and more
Today millions of people are seeking a new approach to spirituality that honors both the rational and the mystical in equal measure. With Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, Roger Housden offers a guidebook for this growing population of free-thinking seekers-an inspiring call to step beyond the need for answers and trust ourselves to the unfolding of our singular, extraordinary life.
Hardcover: 139 pages
Publisher: Sounds True (March 2014)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
A MUST READ: A BRILLIANT BOOK FOR OUR TIME.
19 people found this helpful.
on June 4, 2014
By Rachelle Benveniste
” I am spiritual but I am not religious.” Is that not a declaration of our time. Certainly, there are many who are content to be a part of traditional religion, who find comforted by the strict structure of a particular belief system. I am one who feels captive by a belief system organized by that which is outside of myself but I do respect the world’s religions and find beauty in their symbols and rituals, as does Roger Housden, author of “Keeping Faith Without a Religion,”his newest book, which is rich with wisdom, poetic sensibilities, insights, and beauty of language, that which he has also brought to his personal essays which appear in his well known poetry anthologies, the Ten Poem Series,( the first which was a bestseller)and to his personal essays which appear in such publications as “O”(Oprah) magazine and Huffington Post. In ‘Keeping Faith Without a Religion” Housden does not focus on conveying information(although he is extremely knowledgeable and fascinated by history and classic and contemporary poetry) for he invites his readers to birth their own insights . I am exhilarated by his open and fluid invitation to discover the mystery and wonder of my own existence as it unfolds within me. I am an active participant, not one who is being handed yet another set of beliefs and therefore I feel honored to recognize my own miraculous being . .
Tracking Human Essence in the Modern Age
10 people found this helpful.
on July 29, 2014
By John J. Prendergast
Roger Housden is a gifted tracker of that most secretive and nocturnal of creatures – human essence. Navigating between religious dogma and dogmatic scientism, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, eloquently guides us to trust the knowing of our felt-intelligence as well as the mystery, dark, joy, changes, imperfection and letting go that life offers. It also encourages us to keep faith with beauty, kindness, love, and the human spirit. This slender and inspired volume radiates presence, nuanced insight, and a mature tenderness. Beautifully written.
Voice of spirituality in our time.
12 people found this helpful.
on March 14, 2014
By Ann Linthorst
Roger Housden is becoming the voice of secular spirituality to a culture increasingly drawn to it. His rich contacts with people who present spiritual ideas in non-religious language – poetic and prose – coupled with the altitude of his own spiritual understanding, make him a valuable contributor to the current discussion.
2 people found this helpful.
on February 23, 2015
By James W. Bill
Very well written with some valuable insights related. Worth reading.
3 people found this helpful.
on April 7, 2014
By Jane Morris
Knowing oneself has always seemed more important to me that knowing my church, so this book really spoke to me.
God Only Knows!
on June 1, 2014
By Gordon F. Newton
We need more thoughtful books like this. This book should be read by anyone interested in, “the face of god.” Thank you Roger!
Roger Housden has done it again!
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on April 15, 2014
By George F. Giles
Roger Housden has once more applied his great gift of using personal experiences to deliver a universal message to us all.
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