Next month, Yale will publish Mark Oppenheimer's Knocking on Heaven's Door, a study of how the 1960s changed the face of mainstream American religion. Similarly, in Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today, religion journalist Don Lattin traces the religious legacy of the turbulent decade. Unlike Oppenheimer, however, he focuses his attention most toward alternative movements: the Esalen Institute, the Hare Krishnas, the Unification Church and the movement founded by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In one particularly engaging chapter, Lattin interviews the "dharma kids": second-generation American Buddhists like Dharma Punx author Noah Levine.
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“A very readable, thoughtful book about the generation that came of age during the 60s.” (Orville Schell, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley)
“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)