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A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World Hardcover – January 9, 2014

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PRAISE FOR THE HARDCOVER
When [Moore] is read closely, his depth is apparent...he stands to make some new converts to the noninstitutional ranks of spirituality. — Publisher's Weekly

"[A Religion of One’s Own] offers a new vision of how seekers can fashion their own connection to the sacred out of the materials of ancient faiths and everyday life."
Psychology Today

"Practical suggestions for crafting one’s own religion."
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
 
"[Moore's] counsel is consistently sensible and affirming. This book should appeal to many of the unchurched, as well as the faithful across traditions."
Library Journal
 
"When [Moore] is read closely, his depth is apparent…he stands to make some new converts to the noninstitutional ranks of spirituality."
Publishers Weekly

[Moore] offers a new vision of how seekers can fashion their own connection to the sacred out of the materials of ancient faiths and everyday life. — Psychology Today

[Moore's] counsel is consistently sensible and affirming. This book should appeal to many of the unchurched, as well as the faithful across traditions. — Library Journal

Practical suggestions for crafting one's own religion. — Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

In these reductive and fundamentalist times, Thomas Moore asks us to question the workings of a sun-bright culture, which demands our happy, healthy productivity at perhaps the cost of our very soul. — Andre Dubus III, author of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

Thomas Moore is one of the profound spiritual writers of our time. We've all been discouraged by neat, tidy self-help dogmatism, and Moore refuses to succumb to the commercialism of simplistic, superficial, and subjective solutions. Moore helps us see expectations and is always on the side of abundant life. — John Bradshaw, author of #1 New York Times bestseller HOMECOMING

Thomas Moore is an authentic example of a new kind of therapist--a doctor of the soul--which in our century has been in short supply. — Larry Dossey, MD, author of MEANING & MEDICINE and BEYOND ILLNESS

Thoughtful, elegant, inspiring. — San Francisco Chronicle

All of us go through troubled times, when we lie awake at night unable to sleep, wishing we had a comforting book to read. Now you do. DARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL brings solace to the aching heart. — Marianne Williamson, author of EVERDAY GRACE and A RETURN TO LOVE

Thomas Moore is the master of conveying the insight that the dark times in our lives are not threats but friends and teachers. — Rabbii Harold Kushner, author of WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

PRAISE FOR CARE OF THE SOUL

Many thanks to Thomas Moore for these profound and timely insights. …Genuinely inspirational.

Kevin McCarthy, Bloomsbury Review

Invigorating, demanding, and revolutionary. — Publisher's Weekly

I soulfully recommend it without reservation. — John Bradshaw, author of HOMECOMING --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Thomas Moore was a monk for twelve years, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist. He writes regularly for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Spirituality & Health, and Resurgence Magazine. He lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. Moore has been awarded numerous honors, including the Humanitarian Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and an honorary doctorate from Lesley University. Thomas is the author of eighteen previous books, including Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, and Dark Nights of the Soul. He lives in New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240829X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592408290
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps you are one of an increasing number of people who feel drawn to that something Other - but how does one respond to this `aching' within when the secular world is not satisfying and the world of formalised religion has become vapid, unhelpful, fanatical or just plain dangerous (p. 252). The purpose of this book is to provide guidance to those who seek such a path - a path that for Moore involves a return to a sacred environment and a sacred self of self. Moore might refer to us as seekers (13) - people who are wakening up to and finding portals to wonder and transcendence (12). Central to Moore's argument is the need to explore within oneself what it is that awakens your soul? Where in life do you find your spirit? And much of the book is then taken up with exploring ways in which one connects, in small steps and then in larger ones, with becoming sensitised to that which awakens you, the ways in which you find and meld into the Other, what one may have once called God. I am reminded of this scene from that Mozart film (Amadeus) when his rival composer Salieri reflects on Mozart's use of oboe and clarinet (Mozart Serenade No 10 In B Flat Major K 361 III Adagio) in such a manner that the former composer immediately finds himself thrust into deep, personal, mystical union with God.

So this is an introductory book for people who want to go deep (24), providing as it does, the basic materials from which you might `build your own religion' even if that experience is a re-invigorated one within an existing tradition albeit beyond being coerced or being obliged . It is about getting in touch with that which is real (40) but not necessarily extra-ordinary - hence being sensitized to that which is already around you.
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A timeless GUIDE so desperately needed for our times. With eloquence, wit, thoughtfulness and confidence, Thomas Moore offers us the tools to take on our own personal search for a meaningful everyday existence that connects each of us to all of life and to each other. I see the need for this book in my everyday work as a psychologist for the past 30 years who has listened to the challenges that people are faced with today --the search for meaning and true selves and connectedness. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to them and everyone. Moore's willingness to openly share his journey brings clarity as to how one can go about taking immeasurable wisdom passed down for thousands of years into one's own journey of discovering, living and embracing a religion of one's own. I highly recommend taking a look --it will speak to your soul and engage you in new irresistible ways. I believe you will discover like I did, that this is one of those books you will want to keep close by --for your own reading over and over again -- and one that you will, too, feel compelled to strongly encourage others to read.
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I have been reading Thomas Moore for many years, and his insights on "Care of the Soul" (an earlier book) and similar topics ("Soul Mates") have been helpful and on target for me. He touches a good deal on secular concerns and advocates not setting the secular and spiritual too far apart.
Moore started off being trained as a Roman Catholic priest, but that was just part of his journey and formal learning. He is in my view what Emerson defined as a scholar: Man thinking. In the last chapter of "A Religion of One's Own" he spends 5-6 page on the spirituality of H. D, Thoreau, one of his gurus. Moore lives in New Hampshire and mentions places like Concord and people such as Emerson and Thoreau and Dickinson all the time. He has had a successful career as a psychotherapist, and also as a lecturer in a wide range of settings.
Importantly, he has Irish roots: he studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and brings in W.B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett often, too. The Italian Renaissance is huge for him, esp. Marsilio Ficino [fi chino], see Wikipedia. He writes a lot about alchemy and other "lost arts," and his eclecticism has gotten him both praise and condemnation.
Moore has no hidden agenda and rejects proselytizing. What he proposes is that we sift through all the spiritual and religious material we have available -- past, present, future -- and create a spirituality of one's own. It can be vast or small, traditional or individual, whatever we find that works. I'd say in sum, he advocates finding what's helpful and useful to one individually and incorporating that into our lives -- both visibly and internally. He writes much about displaying and creating art. I am recommending this book highly to my closest personal friends. Moore's message has power to assist both us as individuals and our society as a whole.
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In this timely and beautifully written book Thomas Moore shares insights from his many years of study, contemplation, and experience as a psychotherapist. And in his compassionate and poetic voice, he blends imagery, memoir, story, and example on finding the numinous quality in every day life, and on being nurtured by all the great spiritual traditions of the world.

Actually, research has shown that when students study world religions, their respect for religious liberty increases. So I believe this book is valuable on many levels.

Written for this complex time and this pluralistic society in which we live, the author respects the individual’s ability to make his or her own decisions based on personal values. He encourages us, no matter what our tradition may be, to make life itself our teacher, to open our hearts to it, to respond to it, to find our own insights, to make a contribution, and to respect one another's unique ways of being.

What I loved about A Religion of One’s Own was being reminded of the idea of interweaving the secular and the sacred, following the guidance of our inner muse, and connecting with the beauty and mystery that is all around us.
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