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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful Trip into the Spirit of the 60s, October 26, 2003
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss and Religion, November 15, 2003
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Robert Cromey "voice" (San Francisco, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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>Book Review
>
>Following Our Bliss
>By Don Lattin
>Harper, San Francisco
>276 pages $24.95
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>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.
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>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.
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>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.
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>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.
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>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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5.0 out of 5 stars I like everything I have read by him in book form, October 15, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Following Our Bliss: Purchase, February 14, 2010
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This review is from: Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today (Paperback)
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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