"I learned a lot from How to Believe in God, which presents new and thought-provoking analyses of familiar scriptures."
“How to Believe in God (Whether You Believe in Religion or Not) is a timely, beautifully crafted book. It’s especially relevant for Western seekers on either side of the biblical divide. For practicing Christians and Jews, the book will bring a stunning freshness to their understanding of the Bible. For those who have overlooked (or even rejected) the gospel of the Old and New Testaments, How to Believe in God will open hearts and minds to the profound treasures found within the Bible’s parables and lessons. And for those who have been trying to fill ‘the God-shaped hole’ with anything but religion, this book will be food for the soul without the dogmatic calories!”
—Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and The Seeker’s Guide and cofounder of the Omega Institute
“In How to Believe in God, Clark Strand turns humanity’s perpetual collective conflict over which religious text is the right one into the very key to enter life’s deepest mystery. It’s like watching a puppet show, in which the characters (including Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Abraham, Muhammad, and Strand himself) seem so real, until it dawns on you that Someone has to be holding the strings. Whether that’s true becomes a koan of biblical proportions that Strand’s book memorably guides you to resolve for yourself.”
—Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us
“You do not need to ‘believe in God’ to be able to experience God, and Clark Strand lets you know why in this courageous and honest book. This book could lay a new foundation for the reform of Christianity.”
—Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs
“How to Believe in God is the book I have been looking for all my life.”
—Gail Godwin, author of Evensong
“In How to Believe in God (Whether You Believe in Religion or Not) Clark Strand—an astonishingly eclectic spiritual seeker—reads the Bible in an attempt to radically redefine religious belief for our Global Age, a time in which religion, with all its profound benefits and evils, is once again an inescapable fact. This is an audacious and surprising book.”
—Norman Fischer, author of Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms and founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation
About the Author
CLARK STRAND is a spiritual teacher and the director of the Koans of the Bible Study Group, an ecumenical, interreligious spiritual community. A former Zen Buddhist monk, he is a contributing editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and has written a variety of books and articles on spiritual practice. He lives in the Catskill Mountains with his wife and children. To find out more about How to Believe in God, please visit his blog WholeEarthGod.com..