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Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today Paperback – August 31, 2004
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“Lattin’s book is a fascinating, provocative and ultimately upbeat journey.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“[Lattin’s] book seeks to stand up for the ‘60s, without giving it a free pass.” (Nashville Tennessean)
“Lattin ... captures the double vision of religion, always looking forward and backward at the same time.” (Washington Post)
“Much terrific reporting, captivating storytelling, and enjoyable reading... a worthwhile, thought-provoking work.” (Yoga Journal)
“A wise and witty examination.” (Detroit Free Press)
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The historical aspect of it, along with some courageous personal reactions, make it read like someone telling a good, funny, and bizarre story. It's hard to believe some of this stuff really happened, but even if I was sometimes horrified and sometimes profoundly moved, it's nice to know that life doesn't always go according to plan. As one example, the Chapter on the Moonies tells a very strange, and in some ways tragic, tale of Reverend Moon and his establishing a base in the U.S. At the same time, the author talks about the middle ground where people as obviously crazy as Moon aren't always quite skewed as it first appears.
I didn't finish the book feeling that he's pushed his own value system, but rather that he's given me the background and information I need to really understand those times and their legacy better. On top of that, it's a great read.
>Following Our Bliss
>By Don Lattin
>Harper, San Francisco
>276 pages $24.95
>The spiritual ideas of the sixties shape our lives today is the theme of Don
>Lattin's new book. He is the religion writer for the San Francisco Chronicle
>who has covered the mainstream and alternative movements and figures in
>Lattin has covered many dozens of church conventions of all denominations,
>interviewed countless Bishops, Presbyters, Rabbis, clergy and lay leaders
>for 25 years. He has attended conferences, groups and gatherings of new age
>believers including Eastern religions, feminist spirituality, Tai Chi, Yoga,
>Moonies, Hare Krishnas, Buddhist punks and many more.
>He traces how these movements have entered the main stream of American life
>and how they have affected our contemporary religious scene. Meditation, new
>music, body work, Gestalt therapy, encounter groups, changes in sexual
>behavior, drugs and spirituality are just a few areas that have emerged from
>the sixties and are now part of the way we look at life and religion in the
>The book is well researched and documented yet reads easily and with a sense
>of seriousness and a touch of tongue in cheek here and there. The stories of
>what happened in the lives of youngsters growing up in that hot bed of sex,
>drugs and rock and roll spirituality has both harmed and helped them.
>The book takes seriously what many people today laugh off as "the sixties."
>Those years profound affect on church and society is described accurately,
>with intelligence and sensitivity. Many who want to understand today's
>religious scene will profit from reading "Following Our Bliss."
>Robert Warren Cromey
>is a retired priest of the
>Episcopal Church residing
>in San Francisco, CA
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The book winds its way through personal narratives and “big picture” observations of the period that begins with the inaugural speech of President Kennedy and ends with the mass... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Caelisar
An insightful look into new religious movements. A great read for anyone interested in 60's religious history or for your theology professor!Published on December 21, 2013 by Margaret Donohue