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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: BalboaPress (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452545804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452545806
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I think your book is terriffic. I really enjoyed reading it and think the structure is genius."
-Elizabeth Lesser, author, Broken Open; co-founder and senior adviser of Omega Institute

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My 52 Weeks of Worship is a clever and unusual look at one woman's journey to regain her spirituality. Pamay Bassey has done what most people could never even imagine--spending one day each week in a different house of worship. That effort and commitment taught her the universality of community, the joy of sharing, the importance of respect, and the pride that people who are committed to religion feel about their churches, synagogues, and mosques. Most of all, she learned that there is dignity in worship--however you practice it--and that all people must find their own way to a more fulfilling life. We can all learn from her experience.

-Andrea Atkins, author of the Women's Day Magazine article: Inspiring Stories about Women: How I made over my faith

It takes a strong and courageous individual to launch herself into unknown territory in the midst of vast and devastating unfamiliarity. Yet, this is just what Pamay Bassey did when her world was transformed by a series of deeply impactful events. In the face of uncertainty, she commenced a search for God that took her into a variety of geographical regions, liturgical spaces and interfaith worship experiences. Her story is one of insatiable faith, holy curiosity and Womanist courage. Furthermore, there is nothing quite like hearing her story straight from her lips. Her telling captures how a season of personal loss and struggle was eclipsed by her discovery of God in the most unlikely locales, and how this discovery continues to enlighten her human experience. There is something for all to hear and learn from her story.

-Rev. Neichelle Guidry Jones, Ordained elder in the Kingdom Council of Christian Churches and Ministries; Associate Pastor to Young Adults, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois

My 52 Weeks of Worship is a gem of a source of inspiration for anyone going through difficult times or pondering the big life questions. I'm completely taken with the way she not only took a very personal experience of loss and channeled it into a journey of exploration, but more so with the way that she is now sharing her journey with others.

-Erin Mason, PhD, Assistant Professor of Counseling, DePaul University

More About the Author

Ekpedeme M. Bassey, known to most by the nickname "Pamay," is an entrepreneur, world traveler, educator, writer, comedian, and philosopher. She was born in New York City to Nigerian-born parents, raised in Atlanta, and currently lives in Chicago. She has lived in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and those experiences have shaped who she is. She has friends and family all over the world and has an innate love for learning about different people, different viewpoints, and different cultures.

She is the Chief Experience Officer of "My 52 Weeks of Worship Project" which started when she made a commitment to visit a different place of worship each week in 2010 - whether that place of worship reflected her personal religious tradition or not. As a result, in one year she visited 61 churches, temples, mosques, shuls, synagogues, covens, living rooms, and other places of worship in the USA, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and South Africa. .

She has written a book about her experiences called: My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey(Balboa Press, 2012). She also maintains a blog about her on-going experiences (http://www.my52wow.com. She delivers keynote speeches and facilitates a series of workshops, presentations, and learning experiences based on her personal and professional experiences, and on the lessons she learned from her global, spiritual, interfaith journey.

Pamay is the president of The Pamay Group, an e-learning design and strategy company, and has over 18 years of experience in designing and developing learning experiences for K-12, community organizations, corporate and virtual university audiences -- including e-learning, classroom-based training, blended learning solutions, and day-in-the-life simulations. She has worked for and consulted for such companies as Coca Cola USA, McDonald's, Mabam! Entertainment, Sanofi, Accenture, Resources Global, Manpower, Kraft, The Boys and Girls Club, Siemens, HSBC, Pratt and Whitney, and GE Capital. Pamay has managed and designed learning applications that received both the Cindy Award and an Honorable Mention from the Computerworld Smithsonian Program, and holds a patent for a "Goal based system utilizing a table based architecture," which is a system that utilizes a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. In the past, she served as an educational researcher/consultant for projects at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. She has also served as a faculty member for several online universities, including Cardean University, American Intercontinental University Online, and the Art Institute Online, where she has taught User Experience, Computer Applications, and Information Technology courses.

Pamay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, a course of study that draws from computer science, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics, which she received at the age of 20. Her concentration of study there was Artificial Intelligence. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied at The Institute of Learning Sciences under the visionary Roger Schank. She earned a Project Management Certification from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Master Online Teacher Certification from the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Pamay is also a graduate of the acclaimed Second City Conservatory program in Chicago, Illinois, which is an advanced study of improvisational comedy and theatre. She has performed as an improviser, comedian, actress and public speaker all over the United States and in West Africa.

Pamay was chosen as Today's Chicago Woman's "Woman to Watch" in 2001, selected as one of the "Top 40 Nigerians under 40 in the USA" in 2005, serves on the Chicago Board of the African Women's Development Fund, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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Thank you for your words and sharing your journey with the rest of the world.
Channon R Dade
At first I was nervous because the book was a little longer and I don't have as much time as I would like to read fun books.
DeLise Bernard
Ms. Bassey's descriptions of her experiences transported me as if I had taken the spiritual journey with her.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catherine J Hammond on March 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a terrific book! The concept is wonderful, and it was so well written! With all the negativity and fear surrounding religion and faith, it was so wonderful to read about the authors open mindedness, and follow her as she pursued a deeper understanding of her own beliefs. It was truly inspiring, and I can't wait to share this book with my friends and family!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 7779311 on March 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading My 52 Weeks of Worship! After seeing an article about the author on TheRoot.com, I wanted to check out her book. But I have to admit I was a little hesitant, because I was afraid it might make fun of certain religions or have a hidden agenda to encourage readers to switch religions, not believe in God, or something like that. If anything, I walked away feeling like learning about other faiths is a great way to deepen your own. Also, I liked that I was able to follow along and that I laughed out loud plenty of times - some books about spirituality are so new-agey and preachy that I just end up irritated by them and miss the message...not the case with this one. I already purchased a gift copy for a friend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Channon R Dade on May 15, 2012
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Not only has "52 Weeks of Worship" inspired me to be more open to other religions and points of view, but it opened my soul to a higher level of understanding of self...the ultimate relationship, which for me is my higher power that I call God. Thank you for your words and sharing your journey with the rest of the world. I look forward to the next one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Cuffe on May 15, 2012
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As someone who has experienced the deep pain of tragedy, as well as the transformative power of the process of healing from it, I was deeply moved by this book. What truly resonated with me was that as an entrepreneur, the author balanced this spiritual journey while simultaneously running several businesses. So I think you'll particularly love My 52 Weeks of Worship if you are an extremely busy person (entrepreneur, businessperson, parent, student, caregiver, etc.) and struggle with and/or seek practical advice and examples of how to make time to connect with God, despite your busy schedule. The author recognizes that we are all human, and it was easy to learn along with her as I read because she not only discusses her triumphs, but her hiccups. An honest, inspiring, helpful read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Black on April 15, 2012
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What can I say about this book? It is interesting, inspiring, emotional, uplifting, well written, truthful, and...I think I've run out of adjectives! I am in a process right now of deepening my faith so this book really interested me. Like the author, I'm not looking for a new religion, but I enjoy learning about other faiths and how they encourage and develop their congregations' relationship with God. This book inspired me to learn about other religions and and made me really wish that I had been with her on this journey because I wanted to experience what she did. I love how open and non-judgemental she was (kind of like Jesus) with the different ways that people chose to praise and honor God. Is it all pleasing to God? Probably. And it just goes to show that there is no better way to praise God and this book really illustrates this.
This is just an inspirational book that is well written and the author opens up her life and her pain to the reader. Read this book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DeLise Bernard on March 14, 2012
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This is a great read! At first I was nervous because the book was a little longer and I don't have as much time as I would like to read fun books. So was happy too see that the book is organized in a way that doesn't force you to read it straight through - I have actually just been using the table of contents to hop around and explore different religions that I am interested in learning more about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Thomas on May 15, 2012
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No matter one's background, we can all relate to life events and tragic losses that inspire us to seek a deeper sense of meaning and spirituality-- a subject that is typically approached so privately its hard to feel anything but alone in our individual healing and pursuit of God. My 52 Weeks of Worship beautifully documents the Author's journey with authenticity and is quite inspirational. I read this book on my own but think it would be excellent choice for a book club.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Hassan on May 15, 2012
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In a time where we are becoming a global society requiring appreciation for and understanding of our wondrous diversity, this book captures the breadth, depth and beauty of the world's religions. This is a wonderfully written story of a woman's journey exploring her own soul amidst the souls of strangers and discovering priceless treasures. It is written with honesty, compassion & sincerity - very much needed yesterday, today and tomorrow.
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