From Publishers Weekly
Despite his stellar résumé (editor of Psychology Today, author of Fire in the Belly, subject of a PBS special), Keen begins this latest book with a humble litany of spiritual failings. Is he too self-critical, or is his discontent the catalyst for deeper personal development? He's quick to admit he doesn't have all the answers, an attitude that builds trust with readers. This trust is important because the content soon gets seriously mystical. The world is compared to a sacred vacuum and "G-d" is used for "God" to emphasize the divine's ineffable nature. At the heart of this volume is a lengthy meditation on dynamic emotions that "spring from a source deeper than the culturally informed psyche." While he extols individual faith, Keen gives lesser priority to institutionalized religion. That marks this book as a direct message to the spiritual-but-not-religious non-congregation. For those who have faith but do not belong to a particular organization, Keen reminds that the hero's journey ends with participation in the world at large, and that heroes don't just save themselves.
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“This is a small book that packs a big wallop. Sam Keen looks at the growing sense of an absent God, which haunts so many people today, and comes through with a vibrant and plausible response. He takes us back to the most elemental human emotions - gratitude, trust, wonder, joy - and demonstrates how they can become genuine bearers of the sacred. Without an ounce of naiveté, he opens a wide door for future possibilities.”
—Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University and author of The Future of Faith
“In this lucid and powerful book Sam Keen shows how discarding conventional religion may open us to discover the sacred--which he finds in loving the beauty of the world and passionate commitment to social justice.”
—Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of six books, including The Gnostic Gospels
and Beyond Belief