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While nearly half of Americans identify themselves with a fundamentalist brand of religion, and a sizable minority has rejected religion altogether, there is a vast middle ground. This book is aimed at that huge group of people who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious. In other words, people who are open to encountering the divine and the transcendent, and indeed actively seek these experiences. The authors help readers improve their understanding of the religious nature of the psyche, the origins of myths and religions in the collective unconscious, and the ways in which organized religion has often worked to infantilize its followers. They leave the reader with an empowered ability to claim his or her own spiritual authority and lead a more abundant, authentic life.
Many of those who have left organized religion have done so because it has hurt them in some way or because it failed to address their needs, yet they maintain a strong yearning to reconnect with the divine and transcendent level of human existence. As religious fundamentalism continues to influence so much of our national discourse, and as atheistic books rank high on bestseller lists, the time has never been more crucial for a book to address a third way between fundamentalism and atheism – a way that encourages readers to connect with their true religious nature, while at the same time maintaining their intellectual integrity and claiming their own authority. McGehee and Thomas offer that third way.
Series: Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Praeger; First Edition; First Printing edition (November 30, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
At last, some road signs
8 people found this helpful.
on March 1, 2012
By L. Alvarado
I just finished reading this book. It’s pricey, but, for me, worth it. The Kindle edition wasn’t available when I purchased the book on the recommendation of a friend. If you are like me and have not found a fit in organized religion, yet are drawn to the search for something “more,” then this book might also be for you. The author take the best from Christianity and other monotheistic practices, combine them with a bit of eastern philosophy, mythology, and Jungian psychology to arrive at the conclusion that a spiritual journey has to be a mix of the following things: Nature, creativity, ritual, love, the body, and suffering. Being closely in touch with all of these things frees us to connect, make, feel, understand and transcend. I give it a hearty thumbs up, five out of five stars, for anyone on the path or wants to be on “some” path, but hasn’t found one with road signs that make sense.
on June 16, 2016
By Mary S. Rogers
Engaging and interesting view of spirituality and meaning – making in a time when brick and mortar churches seem less relevant. I found this book thought provoking.
Excellent book and just what I was looking for to …
on March 23, 2015
By Stephen W. Plunkett
Excellent book and just what I was looking for to give some guidance in seeking spirituality outside of traditional religion. Highly recommend it.
A good read…!!
on February 4, 2016
I enjoyed the author’s perspective and take on spirituality.
A gem for seekers
13 people found this helpful.
on October 23, 2010
By Namir C. Shammas
The book is a gem for any seeker who is disappointed with organized religion. Being familiar with the work of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung is a big plus in reading this book. The author (Pittman) identifies himself as a liberal shaman of the Christian tribe, since Pittman is an Episcopal clergy and a Jungian analyst. Pittman goes after the sorry state of organized religion (which he coins as the American Religion) and its desire to trivialize things, keep its followers unconscious and infantile in their thinking, and suppresses those who want to stand out, like Jesus did, and be themselves. The author discusses the negative effects of Puritanism and Fundamentalism and challenges the readers to become individuated (a Jungian term that basically means being psychologically developed and authentic). Pittman reminds the reader the emphasis Jung put of the looking at sacred religious stories and symbols as they relate to the underlying myths (a myth being something that is not true on the outside but is true on the inside). The author invites the readers to become conscious and look at the sacred stories and symbols in a manner that ignites an authentic passion for believers in the twenty first century.
on February 6, 2015
By Kevin Harper
Thought producing book; we’re using it for a book study.
Interesting veiw of what church might be
on July 10, 2013
It was most interesting to me to read of some of the ideas about the church today. Well Written. I recommend it.
on November 5, 2014
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8 people found this helpful.
on May 11, 2009
By Micki Grimland
Pittman McGehee is the voice of a new consciousness. His thoughtful, illuminating, provoking examination of the fluidity of spirituality awakens the inner Divinity in all of us. Magnificent! A Fiesta of intelligent thought! Micki Grimland, LCSW-ACP
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