- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (October 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184728793X
- ISBN-13: 978-1847287939
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,782,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Participatory Spirituality: A Farewell to Authoritarian Religion Paperback – October 19, 2010
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His teachings of spiritual practice cluster into three kinds of practice - enlivenment, engagement, and enlightenment - and two modes of each kind. Those modes are: "attuned reception" and "expressive action." The examples he gives are sparse, and this is my main critique of the book. I would have much preferred that he tell elucidating stories and give abundant illustrations to engage me in his explication of "Participatory Spirituality." But he did not. He did not even offer that experiential view in the one section - his own journal entries - in which one would have expected sensate language and personal narratives.
He tries, but does not succeed, because when John Heron writes he is constantly presenting a logos. He tells us ABOUT the spirituality, rather than taking us INTO the spiritual realms through story and poetic vision. He seems more wedded to presenting a consistently thought out spirituality - which he does quite well - than taking us on the actual spiritual journey.
There is no question that John Heron - the co-inventor (with Peter Reason) of "Cooperative Inquiry" and "Action Research" - is a brilliant, creative, and quite progressive therapist and thinker. But he leaves me wanting.
Heron's book is more for those who wish to gather their thoughts about spirituality and theology than for those who seek experiential guidance on the spiritual path. As a spiritual and theological map, however, this book is a masterpiece of integration. He synthesizes wisdom from a host of sages, and from his own decades-long spiritual journey, thereby yielding an exceptional and very accessible volume for those of us who reflect often on the spiritual path. Hence my strong recommendation of this book.