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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060730633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060730635
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,585,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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Review

“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)

More About the Author

Don Lattin is one of the nation's leading journalists covering alternative and mainstream religious movements and figures in America. His work has appeared in dozens of U.S. magazines and newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, where he covered the religion beat for nearly two decades. Lattin has also worked as a consultant and commentator for Dateline, Primetime, Good Morning America, Nightline, Anderson Cooper 360, and PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. He is the author of Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge, and Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today, and is the coauthor of Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I really recommend this book. It's like good tea; after it steeps awhile it permeates your thoughts. I felt transformed into worlds I never entered, and remembered some I touched closely. Some of these worlds are pretty far from the mundane world I live in, and it's exciting to read about the questioning of our common day-to-day realities. It helps that the writer is a reporter, because his writing sizzles.
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.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cromey on November 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
>Book Review
>
>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
>America.
>
>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
>21st century.
>
>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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By Margaret Donohue on December 21, 2013
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An insightful look into new religious movements. A great read for anyone interested in 60's religious history or for your theology professor!
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Having lived through the fertile and tumultuous late 60s as a college student in California, I found this overview of that era tied together many events and things I had never fully understood. Lattin is a deep and perceptive chronicler of that era. I like everything I have read by him in book form.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on February 14, 2010
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I purchased this book for school and it came in perfect condition in an acceptable amount of time, I was very happy with the order.
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