Marcia and Jack Kelly, authors of Sanctuaries, have a wide background in the spiritual arts. In their latest book, The Whole Heaven Catalog, the Kellys provide readers with a list of products and services offered by religious, spiritual, and cooperative communities around the country. Broken down by state, the products offered in The Whole Heaven Catalog run the gamut from peanut brittle made in Arkansas's Subiaco Abbey to an ice-skating rink located in the Notre Dame Spiritual Center of Maine.
Since many of the communities profiled offer their services only via mail, The Whole Heaven Catalog acts as a sort of catalogue of catalogues; it details the goods and services offered by each group, delving into their histories and providing a full picture of each business. These outfits also come in many shapes and forms, from universities (such as St. Martin's Abbey in Washington, which also has the distinction of being the only Benedictine college in the western U.S.) to hermitages (like the Nada Hermitage in Colorado, where a small group of people live in adobe huts, and which offers tapes and books of its leader's philosophies).
The Whole Heaven Catalog serves as both a guide to finding products made with care by people who have devoted their lives to a higher power, and a testament to the current power the spiritual world has in United States culture.