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The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the Spiritual Passages That Shape Our Lives Paperback – July 13, 1998
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The quintessential baby-boom seeker of spiritual fulfillment, Harry Moody came of age in the late '60s, began his search for deeper meaning, gradually assimilated into professional life, married, and became "normal." The only difference is that Moody never stopped searching, and The Five Stages of the Soul is the culmination of his efforts. Everyone, especially in the middle years, he says, takes an interest in the spiritual life, and more or less goes through five stages of development: the call, the search, the struggle, the breakthrough, the return. In a colorful array of stories from contemporary America and legends and myths from religious traditions around the world, Moody unveils the varieties of spiritual paths and the common threads that bind them all together. As a mirror of our own search, The Five Stages of the Soul is as useful as it is informative. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
Moody, cofounder of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College in New York City, has studied the field of aging for two decades. Through Sufi masters, Buddhist monks, and personal spiritual reflections, he illustrates five stages of spiritual development that play a part in every individual's life journey. The call comes first, then the search, struggle, and breakthrough. Finally, the return finishes the cycle. Moody moves beyond Jung, Erikson, or Maslow, whom he claims neglected the spiritual in their theories on human development. His work could be the counterpart to Gail Sheehy's Passages (LJ 5/15/76). An extensive bibliography demonstrates Moody's knowledge of his subject. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?Lisa S. Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton,
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The authors use all the great spiritual traditions to describe their concepts of the spiritual journey, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and others. This is a book that really emphasizes the individual relationship with the Holy One, the Great Lover, and so has an attractive mystical bent. Quotes from the writings of Rumi as well as St Theresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich fit very comfortably together within the authors' spiritual paradigm.
If you would like a book that can explain to you how you and everyone else on earth might fit into God's plan, despite differences in dogma and theology, then this book is for you. After all, this is exactly what Christ taught, despite orthodox bigots' exclusionary proclamations.
It's an easy read the first time, and gives forth more richly on subsequent readings.
When I reached my destination, I was still reluctant to start such a deep-sounding subject, but I picked it up anyway -- just to read a bit to get myself to sleep. Three hours later, I was still in the midst of this engrossingly descriptive guidepost to maturing spirituality. Reluctantly I put it aside to get some sleep, but the next morning I finished it -- somewhere between breakfast and lunch. Like another reviewer said, now I know what several friends will be getting for birthdays/Christmas presents!
I suppose the thing that touched me most was the inclusionary (rather than exclusionary) nature of the examples of different stages of 'the journey' -- tapping many different faith traditions rather than one particular dogma. Well, that and the idea that I have something 'new' ahead of me as I hit my forties and beyond, rather than more of the same old thing. I'd like to read it again soon (and I have a feeling I'll want to read it several times in the next couple of decades), but I'll have to get another copy -- my 'original' has been on loan since returning from my trip!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read and disposed of hundreds of self help/spirituality books and this one is a keeper. The best book I have read on the subject of aging/midlife struggle and spirituality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve M
I bought this book several years ago. I keep it on my night stand and read parts of it regularly. I teach an Executive MBA class at Xavier University and I buy it for the exec's... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph Carter
As a developmental psychologist myself, as well as a spiritual seeker, I thought The Five Stages of the Soul was a very important contribution to the literature. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Constance L. Vincent PhD, author of Not Going Gently
Life changing book. You will never see your life the same way again.Published 16 months ago by Rahim M.
If you feel that you're spiritual, but don't prescribe to organized religions, then this is a book you can relate to. Read morePublished 17 months ago by William M.
The rating is not because the book is not good. I will have to return it because the print size published is way too small. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sam