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Product Details

  • Series: Spiritual Traveler
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587680084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587680083
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Part history and part travel guide, this book provides a fascinating look at both past and present as it describes churches, synagogues and other religious sites throughout New England. Beginning with an overview of the various religions and their sanctuaries, Riess, PW's religion book review editor, describes various houses of worship and their unique features. For example, the shape of a church is related to the congregation's beliefs; a round church was a place where Christians of various denominations would be welcome. In addition to the churches for which New England is best known, Riess also includes synagogues such as Newport's Touro Synagogue, as well as Buddhist, Russian Orthodox and other temples. In addition to standard travel guide fare such as hours, location and nearby attractions, there are "focus boxes" that offer interesting definitions or information. Riess's writing is always direct and particularly vibrant when she's offering a historical perspective-perhaps not surprising since she holds a doctorate in American religious history. She explains the origins of Thanksgiving: "...it's not quite the case that Thanksgiving immediately sprang into fame as a new American holiday.... In the late eighteenth century, George Washington tried to institute Thanksgiving as a late-November holiday, but Thomas Jefferson thought this smacked of `kingly' arrogance and abolished the official practice when he became president." Anyone with spiritual interests who lives in or plans to visit New England will benefit from this smart and useful book.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A more thorough guide to sacred places is hard to imagine....indispensable... -- The Cape Cod Times

Anyone with spiritual interests who plans to visit New England will benefit from this smart and useful book. -- Publishers Weekly

Travelers looking for getaways that soothe the soul have a new guide that seems perfect for troubled times. -- Philadelphia Inquirer

More About the Author

Jana Riess is the author or editor of many books, the most recent being "The Twible," which has all the chapters in the Bible in 140 characters or less . . . now with 68% more humor! Her 2011 book "Flunking Sainthood" was selected as one of the top ten religion books of the year by "Publishers Weekly."

Although she is a spiritual failure and was never able to climb the rope in gym class, she has a doctorate from Columbia University and works as an editor in the publishing industry. So she's not a total loser. She blogs for the Religion News Service at http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/jana-riess.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Stritof on November 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Spiritual Traveler: Boston and New England provides peaceful, restful places so that you have a balance between hectic and serene on your trip. The author has divided the book into chapters for each of the New England states, as well as Boston and Cape Cod. She provides a comprehensive index and glossary. The author's writing style makes New England's spiritual past come alive, and the present intriguing. Bottom Line: If you are visiting New England, make sure you have a copy of this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2002
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I bought 2 copies, one for myself and one for my sister-in-law who lives in the Northeast. This is a great present. Jana does a great job! I can't wait for her next publication.
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