The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

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I Am Not Perfect is a simple statement of profound truth, the first step toward understanding the human condition, for to deny your essential imperfection is to deny yourself and your own humanity. The spirituality of imperfection, steeped in the rich traditions of the Hebrew prophets and Greek thinkers, Buddhist sages and Christian disciples, is a message as timeless as it is timely. This insightful work draws on the wisdom stories of the ages to provide an extraordinary wellspring of hope and inspiration to anyone thirsting for spiritual growth and guidance in these troubled times.

Who are we? Why so we so often fall short of our goals for ourselves and others? By seeking to understand our limitations and accept the inevitably of failure and pain, we being to ease the hurt and move toward a greater sense of serenity and self-awareness. The Spirituality Of Imperfection brings together stories from many spiritual and philosophical paths, weaving past traditions into a spirituality and a new way of thinking and living that works today. It speaks so anyone who yearns to find meaning within suffering. Beyond theory and technique, inside this remarkable book you will find a new way of thinking, a way of living that enables a truly human existence.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553371320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553371321
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

More than a book, this is an experience

207 people found this helpful.
 on May 23, 2000
By Peter A. Kindle
This book is to spirituality as riding a rollercoaster is to physics. It is not a read; it is an experience. Kurtz and Ketcham have managed to tell their own story in such a way that the reader is invited to share in that experience.

This book changed my life

108 people found this helpful.
 on March 1, 2000
By Joan Mazza

Healing Thoughts for Recovering Fundamentalists

44 people found this helpful.
 on July 20, 2001
By Amazon Customer
This book was suggested while I was in an alcohol rehabilitation center when other more traditionally Christian literature didn’t seem to fit my needs. This wonderful volume includes and incorporates the spirituality proposed in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the spirituality propounded at least in part in all of the major religions. It presents a fairly coherent arguement that Bill W. was no less a prophet than those more widely accepted who came before. The universality of the fundamental truths described through hundreds of anecdotes and quotes from a host of sources has legitimized and given voice to ‘what seems like’ my own concept of spirituality. The volume is easily read cover to cover, or piecemeal as a vehicle for contemplation and meditation. I highly recommend this for those struggling with conflicted experiences in organized religion or church, or who feel the futility and emptiness of atheism. It could also be of interest to those with obsessive compulsive character traits or perfectionistic tendencies. My concept of God or a Higher Power is the bedrock of my recovery program and this book has given me great comfort and insight.

Favorite books in Sobriety

74 people found this helpful.
 on November 3, 2004
By Paul O
I have been sober for quite a few 24 hours, and during that time, I have read many spiritual books. I have learned from all of the books I have read; however my two all time favorites are The Spirituality of Imperfection and An Encounter With A Prophet.

An exploration of spirituality that speaks to all traditions

29 people found this helpful.
 on January 15, 1997
This book successfully relates the spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous,

Enourmous Scope

24 people found this helpful.
 on December 6, 2005
By T. Deliz
This book was great and has something to offer all of us. It presents a very humanistic approach to spirituality. Although throughout the book “The spirituality of impefection” is closely tied in with the spiritual teachings of Alcoholics anomymous, you *TRULY* need not be an alcoholic to apply and learn from the many lessons it presents.

A Book About The Reality Of Being Human

15 people found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2007
By madhatter

Theres a crack in everything, thats how the light gets in!

14 people found this helpful.
 on October 18, 2006
By Mark Phinney
This book cracks me up! The insights and the stories illustrated for me a reality that I was unsure existed outside my own head. To see the experience of brokenness not as the end of a life – but as the beginning is delightful. I have read it cover to cover a few times, and now pick it up randomly on a regular basis, flip it open and read a few pages. It is a guaranteed day changer.

Thought provoking to alcoholics and non-alcoholics alike…

12 people found this helpful.
 on December 1, 2004
By imarunnergirl
Little does one know what they are in for when they begin sharing openly about their lives in recovery (and arguably outside of 12-step groups as well)- but it is in community that we discover the meaning of spirituality. Thanks to the author for such a deep and engrossing journey. Read this one slowly, there is a lot to absorb – heck, read it twice!

Not just for alcoholics

16 people found this helpful.
 on February 1, 2005
By Mike Reeves-McMillan
This is a great book for anyone who wants to get to grips with their own imperfection in a positive way. And the stories are fantastic! Highly, highly recommended.

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