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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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240829X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592408290
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[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."
Psychology Today

"Practical suggestions for crafting one’s own religion."
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
 
"[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
 
"When [Moore] is read closely, his depth is apparent…he stands to make some new converts to the noninstitutional ranks of spirituality."
Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Thomas Moore was a monk for twelve years, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist. He writes regularly for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Spirituality & Health, and Resurgence Magazine. He lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. Moore has been awarded numerous honors, including the Humanitarian Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and an honorary doctorate from Lesley University. Thomas is the author of eighteen previous books, including Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, and Dark Nights of the Soul. He lives in New Hampshire.

Customer Reviews

Moore's writing style carries the reader along flawlessly.
Soul Lady
If you are one of the many who classify themselves as "spiritual but not religious", this book will get you looking at religion a whole new way.
TT from Jersey
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to walk a spiritual journey, inside or outside of any institutional religion.
Victoria

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2014
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A timeless GUIDE so desperately needed for our times. With eloquence, wit, thoughtfulness and confidence, Thomas Moore offers us the tools to take on our own personal search for a meaningful everyday existence that connects each of us to all of life and to each other. I see the need for this book in my everyday work as a psychologist for the past 30 years who has listened to the challenges that people are faced with today --the search for meaning and true selves and connectedness. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to them and everyone. Moore's willingness to openly share his journey brings clarity as to how one can go about taking immeasurable wisdom passed down for thousands of years into one's own journey of discovering, living and embracing a religion of one's own. I highly recommend taking a look --it will speak to your soul and engage you in new irresistible ways. I believe you will discover like I did, that this is one of those books you will want to keep close by --for your own reading over and over again -- and one that you will, too, feel compelled to strongly encourage others to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randolph Severson on February 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a fine book. Moore writes, as always, with a graceful and welcoming style. Spirituality and Religion do not equate. Like the Angels ascending and descending, spirituality can either rise or fall into Religion: it rises through the humble embrace of the doctrine and practices of one the world's great Traditional Religions; it falls as the practice of religion ceases to be an animating and emboldening inspiration in everything we do. But spirituality itself is also at risk of losing it's soul -- it's humor, it's earthiness, its human- all too human quality, it's quickening images and fantasies. This is what this book, as with all of Moore's other books, succeeds so well at. It leaves the Religious question open -- or, at least, open enough, so that the book can be of real value to people of Faith --, while describing and encouraging daily spiritual awareness and practices that remain infused with soul. Recommended.
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58 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Niederman on January 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I heard Thomas Moore speak last night on this book. I felt discouraged after listening to him. Does a religion of your own amount to listening to Bach and reading Hemingway? Is a religion of your own the same as practicing personal preferences? How is it different than just gardening because I like to do it? Isn't this exactly what every American is already practicing? I don't see how this book offers a solution of the problem of spiritual hunger.

I can see why the publisher wanted to publish it. The idea fits perfectly into American individuality. We can all have the religion we want- we make it up ourselves! Really? Of course this is partly always true. But if we have no spiritual guide we are likely to become stuck in our own private preoccupations. Without contact with others how will we challenge ourselves to get out of our ruts?

We could all comfortably enjoy a religion of our own while our ecology is destroyed and our appointed enemies are killed. It's difficult for me to see how this is different than the kind of culture and religion we have already created for ourselves. I would have liked the author to be more challenging to himself and to his audience and make a more inspiring call to bring spirit into this world. Formal religion has been dying for over 50 years. This is not new. We still have nothing to replace it. There are very few sacred placed left on earth. This book identifies this well-known problem but it does not make a real step toward solving it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bmont on February 16, 2014
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I gave this book a four star rating because it is better than his "Care of the Soul" and it was very popular. Plus, I personally enjoyed it more than his other book and I don't know of an author that has tempted people with a title like that.

I liked the comments he made about mysticism like, "Be a mystic in your own ways. This is not an option. To be fully human you need some sort of mystical experiences regularly." He does a good job of blending elements of all the major religions to form his own. He has lots of good ideas about forming a religion of your own. Any book about God and the mystery of life is a good book in that sense.

He says he likes the idea of having a cafeteria style of religion - a little of this and a little of that. He is a very intellectual person and I think he uses his intellect to convince himself that pursuing this type of "religion" has depth and meaning. I think it would be shallow for lack of conviction and dedication to any one tradition. And I think he gives too much weight to our culture in determining his religious bent. You, reader can make your own conclusions. The book will get you thinking.

Those of you that are seekers will enjoy the book. My advise is to take what you can use and leave the rest.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julianne Davidow on February 11, 2014
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In this timely and beautifully written book Thomas Moore shares insights from his many years of study, contemplation, and experience as a psychotherapist. And in his compassionate and poetic voice, he blends imagery, memoir, story, and example on finding the numinous quality in every day life, and on being nurtured by all the great spiritual traditions of the world.

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.
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