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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240829X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592408290
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"[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
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to walk a spiritual journey, inside or outside of any institutional religion.
Thomas Moore always throws a brand new perspective on how one views spirituality and religion in one's life!
Judith Beck

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47 of 52 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anti-Climaticus on June 29, 2014
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Perhaps you are one of an increasing number of people who feel drawn to that something Other - but how does one respond to this `aching' within when the secular world is not satisfying and the world of formalised religion has become vapid, unhelpful, fanatical or just plain dangerous (p. 252). The purpose of this book is to provide guidance to those who seek such a path - a path that for Moore involves a return to a sacred environment and a sacred self of self. Moore might refer to us as seekers (13) - people who are wakening up to and finding portals to wonder and transcendence (12). Central to Moore's argument is the need to explore within oneself what it is that awakens your soul? Where in life do you find your spirit? And much of the book is then taken up with exploring ways in which one connects, in small steps and then in larger ones, with becoming sensitised to that which awakens you, the ways in which you find and meld into the Other, what one may have once called God. I am reminded of this scene from that Mozart film (Amadeus) when his rival composer Salieri reflects on Mozart's use of oboe and clarinet (Mozart Serenade No 10 In B Flat Major K 361 III Adagio) in such a manner that the former composer immediately finds himself thrust into deep, personal, mystical union with God.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randolph Severson on February 17, 2014
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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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63 of 87 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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