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Experiencing Spirituality: Finding Meaning Through Storytelling

Experiencing Spirituality: Finding Meaning Through Storytelling

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From the authors of contemporary classic The Spirituality of Imperfection  comes this long-awaited sequel.

A great master once said, “The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.” In Experiencing Spirituality, Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham take readers on a journey through storytelling as a

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From the authors of contemporary classic The Spirituality of Imperfection  comes this long-awaited sequel.

A great master once said, “The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.” In Experiencing Spirituality, Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham take readers on a journey through storytelling as a means of self-discovery. Recounting and interpreting great wisdom stories from all ages and all cultures, as well as telling many of their own, the authors shed light on such experiences as awe, wonder, humor, confusion, and forgiveness.

In story after story, seekers look to those whose lives reveal a special quality—sometimes called spirituality—and ask the masters what they must do to attain that same quality. The answer is simple: “Come, follow me, and see how I live.” Experiencing Spirituality teaches through the example of human experience.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 08/01/2014
In this sequel to The Spirituality of Imperfections (1993), coauthors Kurtz and Ketcham present stories from a variety of countries, cultures, and religions to demonstrate how people attain enlightenment. What's particularly compelling about this work is that the authors use the relevant themes of community, forgiveness, recovery, and so on, and provide simple narratives and readable anecdotes to deliver the message. It's the kind of text in which one can pick an important topic and delve into that chapter, or read the sections randomly. VERDICT One of the best guides for applying spiritual tools to life.

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Kurtz and Ketcham (The Spirituality of Imperfection) return after a long absence with a compendium of stories and wry life truths drawn from a variety of cultures and wisdom traditions. They quite deliberately organize their material loosely by theme, in chapters bearing such titles as "experience," "wonder," "wisdom." But they encourage the reader to dive in at random rather than read in a linear, front-to-back fashion. Readers who are conversant with brief wisdom tales from Hasidism or Zen will find many familiar ones here. What's new, though, is the sourcing and contextualizing found in the unobtrusive footnotes, which demonstrates the breadth and depth of resources the authors have drawn from. The earlier book is the more insightful; some readers may wish for a bit more from two well-known figures than their curation of familiar tales. But this will likely find an enthusiastic reception among people in addiction recovery programs and will be a good addition to public library shelves as well. Agent: Linda Loewenthal, David Black Agency. (May)
From the Publisher
Praise for EXPERIENCING SPIRITUALITY:

“The inspiring storytellers’ guide to who we are as humans and how we can live the reality of our dreams along the journey of an unpredictable life."
— William Moyers, New York Times bestselling author, Broken
 
“A rich, thoughtful, and engaging collection of stories, anecdotes, quotations, and thoughts on all kinds of subjects that connect to spirituality from two people who understand spirituality better than anyone. Wonderful!”
Susan Cheever
 
"One of the best guides for applying spiritual tools to life."
—Library Journal

“Readers of Experiencing Spirituality will undoubtedly want to go back again and again to revisit and reflect on the stories that are the heart of this remarkable work.”
— Pat Taylor, CEO, Faces and Voices of Recovery

"This is a richly delinated tributeto the triumph of the human spirit."
Retailing Insight

“Kurtz and Ketcham have a mission to clarify—because defining is impossible—spirituality. These stories are experiences. You may forget informative data, but you will not forget the stories. Experiencing Spirituality is not reading. It is an experience.”
— Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, author of Addictive Thinking
 
“Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written, Experiencing Spirituality is one of those rare books readers will return to again and again as a balm for old and fresh wounds and as a meditation on how to a life of greater balance, fulfillment, and self-acceptance.”
William L. White

Praise for The Spirituality of Imperfection:

“A brilliant anthology of wisdom stories from all the great traditions centered around a most compelling and discerning issue.”  — M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled

“I love this book and I’ve been foisting it on people for years. It’s wonderful.” — Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies, Grace (Eventually) and Operating Instructions

“You remember these stories…. They become a part of you, a part of your own spirituality.” — Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Bell

“Sometimes a reviewer wants to stop writing about a book and simply stand up and cheer.... The wisest book I've read in a long time.” — Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Meaning and Medicine

“This is an inspiring guide, offering comfort not only to those in 12-step recovery programs but to those who want to stop striving for personal perfection and start living.” —Publishers Weekly

“I think this book comes closer to the real meaning of spirituality than anything I've looked at in the last twenty years.” —John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101615942
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/15/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
479,585
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for EXPERIENCING SPIRITUALITY:

“The inspiring storytellers’ guide to who we are as humans and how we can live the reality of our dreams along the journey of an unpredictable life."
—William Moyers, New York Times bestselling author, Broken
 
“A rich, thoughtful, and engaging collection of stories, anecdotes, quotations, and thoughts on all kinds of subjects that connect to spirituality from two people who understand spirituality better than anyone. Wonderful!”
—Susan Cheever
 
"One of the best guides for applying spiritual tools to life."
—Library Journal

“Readers of Experiencing Spirituality will undoubtedly want to go back again and again to revisit and reflect on the stories that are the heart of this remarkable work.”
—Pat Taylor, CEO, Faces and Voices of Recovery

"This is a richly delinated tributeto the triumph of the human spirit."
—Retailing Insight

“Kurtz and Ketcham have a mission to clarify—because defining is impossible—spirituality. These stories are experiences. You may forget informative data, but you will not forget the stories. Experiencing Spirituality is not reading. It is an experience.”
—Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, author of Addictive Thinking
 
“Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written, Experiencing Spirituality is one of those rare books readers will return to again and again as a balm for old and fresh wounds and as a meditation on how to a life of greater balance, fulfillment, and self-acceptance.”
—William L. White

Praise for The Spirituality of Imperfection:

“A brilliant anthology of wisdom stories from all the great traditions centered around a most compelling and discerning issue.”  —M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled

“I love this book and I’ve been foisting it on people for years. It’s wonderful.” —Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies, Grace (Eventually) and Operating Instructions

“You remember these stories…. They become a part of you, a part of your own spirituality.” —Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Bell

“Sometimes a reviewer wants to stop writing about a book and simply stand up and cheer.... The wisest book I've read in a long time.” —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Meaning and Medicine

“This is an inspiring guide, offering comfort not only to those in 12-step recovery programs but to those who want to stop striving for personal perfection and start living.” —Publishers Weekly

“I think this book comes closer to the real meaning of spirituality than anything I've looked at in the last twenty years.” —John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming

Meet the Author

Ernest Kurtz, Ph.D., received his doctorate in the history of American civilization from Harvard University in 1978. He taught American history and the history of religion in America at the University of Georgia and Loyola University of Chicago before retiring to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Katherine Ketcham is the cofounder and executive director of a grassroots nonprofit organization called Trilogy Recovery Community, which helps youth and their family members with alcohol and drug problems. Ketcham lives in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fifteen-some years ago I picked up a copy of “The Spirituality of Imperfection.” Co-authored by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham,  it has been a favorite of mine ever since, a book I return to often for guidance and insight. This new offering, Experiencing Spirituality,  Finding Meaning Through Storytelling, by the same team, has now joined the first on my shelf of favorite spiritual reads. In this book, in some ways similar to the first, they address spirituality, not directly by talking about it, but through a collection of wisdom stories sewn  together with commentary to create a work that communicates the experience of spirituality. The author’s have divided the book into fifteen  sections. Each sectionIn this book, in some ways similar to the first, they address spirituality, not directly by talking about it, but through a  collection of wisdom stories sewn together with commentary to create a work that communicates the experience of spirituality. The  author’s have divided the book into fifteen sections. Each section examines a single idea, such as community, forgiveness, memory,  confusion, recovery and so much more. This is the kind of book that you can pick up and open to any page for something to contemplate at that moment, or go to a specific topic that you wish to explore. The commentary is masterful and enlightening, while allowing the stories to tell the story. Five stars and highly recommended reading.