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Spiritually Incorrect: Finding God in All the Wrong Places
     

Spiritually Incorrect: Finding God in All the Wrong Places

by Dan Wakefield, Marian DelVecchio (Illustrator)
 

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Told with great humor and self-deprecation, Dan Wakefield-and cartoonist Marian delVecchio-have created a book that both the spiritual, and the not-so-spiritual, will enjoy.

Some people claim that you cannot truly achieve spiritual fulfillment if you're not a vegetarian. Some say you'll never find the path if you don't learn yoga. And some would insist that

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Told with great humor and self-deprecation, Dan Wakefield-and cartoonist Marian delVecchio-have created a book that both the spiritual, and the not-so-spiritual, will enjoy.

Some people claim that you cannot truly achieve spiritual fulfillment if you're not a vegetarian. Some say you'll never find the path if you don't learn yoga. And some would insist that any display of vanity-cosmetic surgery! hair mousse!-is a sign that inner peace is way out of your reach.

Through great candor and humor (much of it irreverent!), Dan Wakefield's Spiritually Incorrect shows that there are as many ways to find spiritual fulfillment as there are individual seekers. Part memoir, part essay, part whimsical illustration from his own life, Wakefield's reflections break down the hard and fast rules, showing readers how to discover the practices that uniquely work for them.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Although Wakefield culls these essays from, among other sources, his Beliefnet column "Spiritually Incorrect," the titular concept remains rather vague throughout the book. In his introduction, he gives several examples of being spiritually incorrect, such as getting a facelift, owning a convertible and having a tattoo. His explanation of who finds these practices spiritually incorrect is a bit labored and confused; at times, he seems to be rebelling against "my fellow Christians who are of the fundamentalist persuasion" and at other times he seems more interested in scandalizing yoga-practicing vegetarians. Most chapters are very brief; they introduce an idea (some of which, such as the spiritual correctness of taking Prozac, are no longer very controversial), include a few observations and then simply end. For example, in a chapter that rather curiously employs a question-and-answer format (it's not clear if this is from an advice column he has written), Wakefield discusses whether or not it is "spiritually incorrect" to eat steak. He begins by decrying the rigidity and judgment of some vegetarians and then meanders into a comparison of the relative merits of low and high carbohydrate diets, and then the chapter ends. Several other chapters in the book suffer from a similar lack of focus and substance. The final third is a gem, however, with several profiles of spiritually incorrect "saints" such as Dorothy Day, Henry Nouwen and Reynolds Price. These are people Wakefield knows or has known personally, and his insight into their lives is the strongest element of the book. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The author of such racy (for their time) novels as Going All the Way, Wakefield startled the literary world by announcing his discovery of religion, albeit of a very liberal kind, in his 1984 book Returning. His latest work is another kind of novelty: a collection of web-based journalism, most of which appeared first in Wakefield's column for Beliefnet.com. This book has precisely the pleasures we expect from variety-reflections on the benefits of Prozac and on women as ministers, as well as touching personal recollections of the author's visionary aunt and the poet Anne Sexton. Many readers should enjoy this intelligent and engagingly written work. Highly recommended. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594731372
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
732,108
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Dan Wakefield is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter. He has won a Rockefeller grant for creative writing and a National Endowment of the Arts Award. He is the author of many books, including The Story of Your Life: Writing a Spiritual Autobiography (Beacon Press) and Returning: A Spiritual Journey (Beacon). Wakefield is also author of "Spiritually Incorrect," an ongoing Beliefnet.com column. His memoir New York in the 50's is now a documentary film showing on The Sundance Channel. His novel Going All the Way was turned into a movie starring Ben Affleck. Dan Wakefield can be contacted at www.DanWakefield.com.

Marian DelVecchio is staff artist for the Miami Herald. Her weekly feature, "A Different View," is seen by millions of readers each month.

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