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Overview

“I'm spiritual but not religious.”
“It's easier for me to find God in nature than in a church.”
“I think all religions are in essence really just the same.”

What do statements like these mean? Why are such statements being made by more and more people in our society? When people call themselves "spiritual," what are they saying about themselves that makes them different? As much as spirituality and religion are prominent features in American cultural life, few topics seem more ambiguous, vague, or misunderstood. Spirituality is a concept dominated by dogma, jargon, and sometimes downright contradictory assertions.

Carl McColman, a freelance writer whose personal journey has included exploring Christian mysticism, Buddhism, neo-Paganism, and other paths, has been researching the nature of spirituality for nearly twenty years. His study of the nature of spirituality has inspired him to examine a wide range of issues, all of which shed light on this elusive topic. These issues include the relationship between culture and worship, the dynamics of consciousness, the nature of belief, the practice of prayer, the implications of sacrifice, and the function of community and religion. These, and other topics, all contribute to the overview of the spiritual life presented here.

McColman is sympathetic to a wide range of religious traditions and cultural forms of spirituality. He attempts to define spirituality in as holistically and culturally inclusive manner as possible. This being so, he tends to be impatient with jargon and dogmatism. He presents the basics of spirituality in clear, easy to read prose, drawing on a wide range of religious and cultural sources to illustrate his points. This book is written specifically to explain spirituality in ways that would be of use to the practitioners of different religions, or of no religion at all. Emphasizing practical issues of spirituality rather than getting bogged down in too many abstract principles, this book will be useful for persons who are learning about spirituality for the first time, as well as for the veteran seekers who wish to sharpen their understanding of life in the spirit.

Particularly engaging is McColman's use of non-religious forms of culture to explain spirituality. Over the course of the book, he draws on Walt Disney movies, rock and roll, Star Trek, and other forms of popular culture, in order to illustrate his points. Naturally, he also relies on literature, classical music, and traditional religions—although he is likely to draw one example from the Bible and in the next paragraph talk about neo-Pagans dancing around a bonfire. All in all, Spirituality: Where Body and Soul Encounter the Sacred presents an unconventional, innovative look at one of our most common—and least understood—aspects of culture.

About the Author:

Carl McColman is a freelance writer. He received his B.A. in English Literature from James Madison University and his M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing from George Mason University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and stepdaughter.

Born in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1960, he was raised in the Lutheran Church. As a teenager he developed an interest in alternative spiritual perspectives, from the Christian charismatic renewal to the writings of Alan Watts and other voices of the 1960s counterculture. During college, he expanded his spiritual interests to include exploring Christian mysticism and Wicca (Goddess spirituality). Under the auspices of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, he began formal studies in the life of contemplation, as well as intensive personal formation in prayer under the guidance of a spiritual director.

He has received additional training from the Institute for Pastoral Studies, and has taught courses on spiritual formation and contemplative prayer in Tennessee and Georgia.

In 1986 he became a member of the Episcopal Church. Although a practicing Christian, his spiritual practice is deeply influenced by Buddhism, Native American religion, and Goddess spirituality. He is particularly interested in developing an interfaith model of Celtic spirituality, drawing from pre-Christian, Christian, and Neopagan sources.

Carl McColman's World Wide Web site features additional information on contemplative and interfaith forms of spirituality.

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What People Are Saying

Angeles Arrien
“In a changing world, this book on spirituality provides multiple doorways of comfort and insight through wonder, prayer, and the true meaning of humility, worship, and sacrifice. It is a practical book that can be used for personal, professional, and deep interior exploration.”
—Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist, Author, The Four-Fold Way and Signs of Life
Colin G. Garvie
“Whether the reader prays regularly or prays seldom; whether her spiritual tradition is Charismatic or Celtic; whether theist or atheist; whether they worship in tongues, contemplate in silence, or not at all, the heart is strangely warmed and inexplicably changed by this insightful study. Both the bustling city Christian and the desert monastic will find their imaginations stretched and quickened. I strongly recommend this book. It is a richly rewarding read.”
—Rev. Colin G Garvie, Methodist Minister, MCSA, Durban, South Africa
Gene R. Thursby
“Carl McColman's "Spirituality" is a basic resource book in the best sense. There are no false notes in this masterful, musical exploration of the depths and heights of our most profound aspirations...”
—Gene R. Thursby, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Religion, University of Florida
Gerald G. Jampolsky
“A most gentle book filled with nuggets of spiritual wisdom that will help bridge the reader to a new spiritual dimension.”
—Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., Author, Love Is Letting Go Of Fear
Kenneth Leech
“There is a tremendous thirsting for spiritual depth among thousands who are disillusioned with, or unattracted to, ‘mainstream' religions. Carl McColman writes from within a clear religious tradition, but in a way which is open and accessible to people who are struggling with what they can believe. I think his book will be of great help to many people today.”
—Kenneth Leech, Author, Soul Friend and True Prayer
Mary Reuter
“...McColman illustrates the daily and varied dynamics of spirituality. This book can befriend all who are walking their spiritual journey, whether they are just beginning or walking down the road a bit.”
—Mary Reuter, O.S.B., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, College of Saint Benedict
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880823163
  • Publisher: North Star Publications, Incorporated MA
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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