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"Provides a helpful glimpse into how 'non experts' in America talk about and practice religion in their everyday lives...Besides making a wonderful addition to the syllabus of different graduate courses such as practical theology, spirituality, and the sociology of religion, Sacred Stories could be helpful for church book group discussions on everyday religion." --Ecclesial Practices


"Sacred Stories brings to light the myriad ways our contemporaries find religious meaning in their twenty-first century lives. It succeeds in launching readers into new conversations about what spirituality is, how we go about identifying activities and experiences as in some way spiritual, and how existing traditions connect with specific moments of everyday religion." --Church History


"This comprehensive, thought-provoking work adds immeasurably to scholarship in sociology of religion and will help set agendas in sociology of religion for years to come." --Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion


"By setting aside the typical categories academic researchers use when studying contemporary religion, Ammerman and her team document the complex ways religion shows up in a wide range of domains: in communities and conversations, in homes, at work and in public life, and not surprisingly around matters of health, illness and death." --Religion Dispatches


"Nancy Ammerman's Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes offers the most in-depth, yet wide-ranging mapping of religious/spiritual/secular sensibilities in the everyday lives of contemporary Americans yet to emerge. She weaves a tapestry that shatters many of our taken-for-granted assumptions about people's circumscribed life-worlds. The book deserves a serious reading on the part of anyone who would try to describe this emerging, but exceedingly complex mix of the sacred and the secular." --Wade Clark Roof, J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society, University of California at Santa Barbara


"Ammerman's innovative account of religiosity in the United States uses qualitative methods, especially elicited narratives, in an original way that combines depth with considerable breadth... A fascinating set of portraits of religiousness and spirituality among a highly diverse group that mirrors major portions of the U.S. religious landscape." --Sociology of Religion


"A book this packed with ideas and data will certainly pay back more than one reading as we sociologists of religion continue to move beyond the impasse between secularization theory and the rational choice paradigm, beyond the idea that spirituality is limited to the "spiritual not religious," and beyond the oppositional distinction between the sacred and profane. Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes will undoubtedly help sociologists get our minds around the fact that mapping American religion today requires abandoning false dichotomies and embracing the messy (but nonetheless patterned) realities of religion in and out of various God boxes." --American Journal of Sociology


"Nancy Ammerman's recent work has helped to lead a growing group of scholars who, disenchanted with the perceived dead ends of the secularization versus rational choice debate of the 1990s, recommend new ways of thinking about and studying religion. Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes, which uses a lived religion approach, is a welcome addition to these efforts. Ammerman's innovative account of religiosity in the United States uses qualitative methods, especially 20 elicited narratives, in an original way that combines depth with considerable breadth." --Sociology of Religion


About the Author


Nancy Ammerman is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Boston University, where she teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Theology. She has written award-winning books on America's conservative religious movements and on the role of religious organizations in community life.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199917361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199917365
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on December 13, 2013
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This is some original and compelling work on how everyday people connect spirituality to the rest of their lives. It's a must-read for anyone wanting to understand what it means to be "spiritual" to the many who embrace that label and religious leaders seeking to reach a society which still tells sacred stories and lives in spiritual tribes, even amid the decline of organized religion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By searching for quality on January 1, 2015
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This has a really important intervention against sociological and pundit-based common wisdoms about the supposed polar differences between "spiritual" and "religious." That's three steps forward and creates an argument that needs to be widely digested and discussed. But the descriptive chapters in the middle sections of the book are at least one step backward-- far too repetitive and at times surprisingly lame and/or limited in scope. Stick with first couple of chapters or the article version of the same-- that's five stars. Conclusion is worth five stars for the content and four for presentation. As for the rest of the book, it was a let-down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan-Olav Henriksen on June 5, 2014
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An outstanding study of contemporary religious and spiritual life in the US. Challenges some common assumptions of secularization and argues for a wider theoretical approach to the understanding of contemporary religion. Thoroughly researched.
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By Rebecca Boyer on June 8, 2015
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A great read!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Luther C. Pierce on April 14, 2015
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Lots of technical detail. I didn't make it all the way through.
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