Following Our Bliss

Following Our Bliss

by Don Lattin
     
 

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Renowned journalist Don Lattin, longtime reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and more recently the San Francisco Chronicle, interprets the American spiritual and religious landscape since the 60s with insight, wit, and telling reporting. What David Brooks did for the American social and commercial landscape in the bestselling Bobos In Paradise, he does

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Renowned journalist Don Lattin, longtime reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and more recently the San Francisco Chronicle, interprets the American spiritual and religious landscape since the 60s with insight, wit, and telling reporting. What David Brooks did for the American social and commercial landscape in the bestselling Bobos In Paradise, he does for the spiritual landscape, showing how the 60s have had a profound transformative impact in every area of spirituality. This is the first comprehensive look at the spiritual legacy of the 60s and 70s, as seen through the lives of those raised amid some of the era’s wildest experimentation.

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The Washington Post
… Lattin does not shy away from the sharp edges, the contradictions, the margins of faith that tell us as much about belief as do broad surveys. — Jeff Sharlet
Publishers Weekly
Next month, Yale will publish Mark Oppenheimer's Knocking on Heaven's Door, a study of how the 1960s changed the face of mainstream American religion. Similarly, in Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today, religion journalist Don Lattin traces the religious legacy of the turbulent decade. Unlike Oppenheimer, however, he focuses his attention most toward alternative movements: the Esalen Institute, the Hare Krishnas, the Unification Church and the movement founded by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In one particularly engaging chapter, Lattin interviews the "dharma kids": second-generation American Buddhists like Dharma Punx author Noah Levine. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
More books are being written about experimental religion in America, especially its forms in the 1960s and 1970s, and here are two more. Both Lattin, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist, and freelance journalist Oppenheimer claim that radical religious groups in the 1960s influenced old-line churches to change in subsequent years. Certainly, the experimentation with drugs, sex, Eastern religions, political activism, and communal lifestyles provide sensational material for newspaper reporters, but are these experiments symptoms of a religious malaise, or were they change agents for bringing about the acceptance of civil rights, women clergy, gay activists, and pluralism? Oppenheimer struggles to make sense of countercultural religion in his introduction and then offers five chapters of denominational church history as an attempt to show that social movements transformed, in some ways, traditional religion. He describes how some churches fought or gave in to a variety of social concerns such as gay rights, women ministers, folk mass, communal worship, and protests against the war. Lattin writes from a participant's point of view about dozens of countercultural groups and gives the false impression that experimentation with religion was widespread within the churches. In reality, old-line churches were not deeply affected by these groups. But Lattin writes well and covers a wide range of topics, including the Moonies, Hare Krishnas, the Farm EST, Tai Chi, yoga, alternative methods of healing, and Esalen Institute in California. These books do not define the 1960s, but they will be of interest to those who participated in such movements and to the children of such groupies. Recommended for larger libraries.-James A. Overbeck, Atlanta-Fulton P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061743733
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,084,830
File size:
718 KB

Meet the Author

Don Lattin is one of the nation's leading journalists covering alternative and mainstream religious movements and figures in America. His work has appeared in dozens of U.S. magazines and newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, where he covered the religion beat for nearly two decades. Lattin has also worked as a consultant and commentator for Dateline, Primetime, Good Morning America, Nightline, Anderson Cooper 360, and PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. He is the author of Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge, and Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today, and is the coauthor of Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium.

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