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A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World Hardcover – January 9, 2014
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When [Moore] is read closely, his depth is apparent...he stands to make some new converts to the noninstitutional ranks of spirituality. — Publisher's Weekly
"[A Religion of One’s Own] offers a new vision of how seekers can fashion their own connection to the sacred out of the materials of ancient faiths and everyday life."
"Practical suggestions for crafting one’s own religion."
"[Moore's] counsel is consistently sensible and affirming. This book should appeal to many of the unchurched, as well as the faithful across traditions."
"When [Moore] is read closely, his depth is apparent…he stands to make some new converts to the noninstitutional ranks of spirituality."
[Moore] offers a new vision of how seekers can fashion their own connection to the sacred out of the materials of ancient faiths and everyday life. — Psychology Today
[Moore's] counsel is consistently sensible and affirming. This book should appeal to many of the unchurched, as well as the faithful across traditions. — Library Journal
Practical suggestions for crafting one's own religion. — Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
In these reductive and fundamentalist times, Thomas Moore asks us to question the workings of a sun-bright culture, which demands our happy, healthy productivity at perhaps the cost of our very soul. — Andre Dubus III, author of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
Thomas Moore is one of the profound spiritual writers of our time. We've all been discouraged by neat, tidy self-help dogmatism, and Moore refuses to succumb to the commercialism of simplistic, superficial, and subjective solutions. Moore helps us see expectations and is always on the side of abundant life. — John Bradshaw, author of #1 New York Times bestseller HOMECOMING
Thomas Moore is an authentic example of a new kind of therapist--a doctor of the soul--which in our century has been in short supply. — Larry Dossey, MD, author of MEANING & MEDICINE and BEYOND ILLNESS
Thoughtful, elegant, inspiring. — San Francisco Chronicle
All of us go through troubled times, when we lie awake at night unable to sleep, wishing we had a comforting book to read. Now you do. DARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL brings solace to the aching heart. — Marianne Williamson, author of EVERDAY GRACE and A RETURN TO LOVE
Thomas Moore is the master of conveying the insight that the dark times in our lives are not threats but friends and teachers. — Rabbii Harold Kushner, author of WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
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Many thanks to Thomas Moore for these profound and timely insights. …Genuinely inspirational.— Kevin McCarthy, Bloomsbury Review
Invigorating, demanding, and revolutionary. — Publisher's Weekly
I soulfully recommend it without reservation. — John Bradshaw, author of HOMECOMING --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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So this is an introductory book for people who want to go deep (24), providing as it does, the basic materials from which you might `build your own religion' even if that experience is a re-invigorated one within an existing tradition albeit beyond being coerced or being obliged . It is about getting in touch with that which is real (40) but not necessarily extra-ordinary - hence being sensitized to that which is already around you.Read more ›
Moore started off being trained as a Roman Catholic priest, but that was just part of his journey and formal learning. He is in my view what Emerson defined as a scholar: Man thinking. In the last chapter of "A Religion of One's Own" he spends 5-6 page on the spirituality of H. D, Thoreau, one of his gurus. Moore lives in New Hampshire and mentions places like Concord and people such as Emerson and Thoreau and Dickinson all the time. He has had a successful career as a psychotherapist, and also as a lecturer in a wide range of settings.
Importantly, he has Irish roots: he studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and brings in W.B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett often, too. The Italian Renaissance is huge for him, esp. Marsilio Ficino [fi chino], see Wikipedia. He writes a lot about alchemy and other "lost arts," and his eclecticism has gotten him both praise and condemnation.
Moore has no hidden agenda and rejects proselytizing. What he proposes is that we sift through all the spiritual and religious material we have available -- past, present, future -- and create a spirituality of one's own. It can be vast or small, traditional or individual, whatever we find that works. I'd say in sum, he advocates finding what's helpful and useful to one individually and incorporating that into our lives -- both visibly and internally. He writes much about displaying and creating art. I am recommending this book highly to my closest personal friends. Moore's message has power to assist both us as individuals and our society as a whole.
Actually, research has shown that when students study world religions, their respect for religious liberty increases. So I believe this book is valuable on many levels.
Written for this complex time and this pluralistic society in which we live, the author respects the individual’s ability to make his or her own decisions based on personal values. He encourages us, no matter what our tradition may be, to make life itself our teacher, to open our hearts to it, to respond to it, to find our own insights, to make a contribution, and to respect one another's unique ways of being.
What I loved about A Religion of One’s Own was being reminded of the idea of interweaving the secular and the sacred, following the guidance of our inner muse, and connecting with the beauty and mystery that is all around us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every soul interprets their own religion different; many don't go to their religious buildings. I feel all religions are a way to live life. Read morePublished 4 days ago by cheryl
A must read for anyone who is seeking a deeper meaning on one's life. Well written and easy to follow. A common sense guide to finding a path that works for each individual.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
The current trend in literature is to discover yourself. In "A Religion of One's Own," Moore invites and guides one to create oneself.Published 16 days ago by Tom Barrett
The first chapters comment on the book's title, then he is off on different topics.Published 17 days ago by Jim D
Excellent if you are looking for an eclectic form of spiritualityPublished 20 days ago by Maureen M.
I loved this book. I feel almost as if Moore has given a sort of permission to live life without constantly feeling like a sinner. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Moe Moe
It is so time for this book. Thomas Moore writes well and offers a lot of excellent research and personal story telling that always keeps my interest. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Frank
My husband and I read this book slowly, as part of our morning ritual of intellectual stimulation and meditation over coffee. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paula L. Schneider