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About the Author

Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D., has spent more than 20 years dedicated to the personal, professional, and academic exploration of spirituality, healing, and consciousness. Throughout his journey, he has traveled the world meeting and studying with spiritual teachers from more than 40 cultural traditions. Jonathan has a doctoral degree in comparative religion and an ordination as an interfaith minister. He has worked as a healer, teacher, and consultant with individuals and groups in settings as diverse as hospitals, major corporations, prisons, community groups, conferences, and some of the world’s leading holistic health resorts. His work and training have taken him deeply into the worlds of Indigenous healing, corporate culture, and integrative medicine. Currently, Jonathan is the Spiritual Program Director for the acclaimed Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401921566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401921569
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jonathan D. Messinger on January 14, 2009
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As the host of Global Evolution which aired in Houston on CNN radio, I have been honored to read the works of the worlds greatest spiritual authors prior to my interviews. Return to the Sacred by Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D, is one of the absolute best books I have ever read on spirituality (and I have read dozens!). There are many out there but none like this that I can think of. Jonathan's writing is divine, his stories beautiful, his prose poetic. This book radiates kindness, compassion, and respect for all. His pen was clearly guided by grace. Jonathan's description on the difference between religion and spirituality is the best I have found. But perhaps best of all, what I enjoy most is the practical stories and dare I say ... down to earth explanations ... that separate this from other purely philosophical, theological or "how to" guides. The step by step advice is seamlessly woven into the text. In this regard, the book reads more like a memoir or even a well crafted novel. I highly recommend this book as a wonderful starting point for anyone beginning their spiritual journey. JD Messinger, Host, Global Evolution.
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Although all the other reviewers seem enchanted with this book, it was not what I was expecting. It's primarily descriptions of Dr. Ellerby's many episodes of enlightenment. Not only has he practiced each of the spiritual paths, he has also mastered most of them and experienced enlightenment too many times to count. Yoga, meditation, death practice, sacred service--you name it, and he's done it and experienced amazing spiritual insights while doing so. I was looking for more specific instruction, weighing of pros and cons, advice on which paths are more suited to which personality types, etc. As far as thoughts on how to live, I'd recommend something like Thich Nhat Hanh's "Peace Is Every Step" before this book. It did virtually nothing to enlighten me.
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Return to The Sacred is nourishment for the soul. People are hungry for depth and meaning in this day and time and Jonathan Ellerby's book offers a beautiful invitation to step in with both feet into a world of meaning and spirit. His journey has taken him into many exciting and unusual adventures and his expert storytelling leads the reader to travel to places far and wide. More than this however, Ellerby's book offers a deeper understanding of the spiritual journey and inspiration that wakes up the soul and calls for it to stay awake. He is a rare and gentle teacher of our time. An amazing book!
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Where do I start. This book has been such an inspiration to me. I couldnt really get into the whole spirituality thing until this book came along.Jonathan is such an amazing person that words can describe how good he really is. These 12 tools that are provide in the book actually helped me in a huge way in my everyday life. I recommend this book to everyone that is stuck on where to start with their spiritual path. I think this book is worth more than 5 stars. Jonathan thank you so much for this gift.
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This book was recommended by a friend who is Hindu in her religious orientation. I am a Christian with Buddhist sensibilities, if you will, finding new insights in the Gnostic gospels that open the door to a better understanding of the core message of Jesus Christ. This book shows us what we all have in common while warning us of the pitfalls of taking pride in our spiritual pursuits. I like what Denis Johnson wrote in "Tree of Smoke": "There is only one God, but He has many administrations." "Return to the Sacred" shows us how true this is. If there ever is going to be a harmonious human civilization on this planet, we must return to the basic spiritual teachings of our ancestors while rejecting the claims of organized religions which is precisely what fuels many of the world's conflicts. If we truly understand the Scriptures, we can then transcend the economic and political trappings (which cloak themselves often in religious garb) that reduce humankind to the level of tribal beasts. Love your neighbor, love God...it's that simple! Peace be with you all.
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With his book, Return To The Sacred, Jonathan Ellerby takes his rightful place among a wave of what I'd call "The New Spiritualists" - authors who write about spirituality from experience instead of theory. In this book, the author bravely speaks in open terms about his own spiritual experiences stretching back to his childhood. It is these direct encounters with the divine that lend true authority to Ellerby's words - above and beyond his impressive credentials.

Many spiritual books have been born, seemingly, from the minds of authors who have never had a direct experience of the divine themselves. Then sadly, their readers take this speculation for true insight into the Sacred. The result is millions of misguided readers following fellow seekers who happen to have a gift for words. In the end, all are lost in the smoke and mirrors of theory and conjecture.

You'll get none of that from Ellerby. He's the real deal. Humble, honest, insightful and wise, Ellerby is a teacher worth learning from. His work is guided by the same divine source that he speaks of in this book. If you are looking for a book that will give you a glimpse of the divine experience as well as a wealth of inspiring stories and insights into various spiritual traditions from around the world, this just might be it.

Move over Deepak, its time for us all to make room for Jonathan Ellerby in our lives.
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