Wuthnow (director, Ctr. for the Study of Religion, Princeton) has written numerous books on religion in America, including Creative Spirituality. Here he discusses the importance of the arts in spirituality, drawing on hundreds of interviews, extensive surveys, and anecdotal examples. He documents the importance of songs, rituals, and visual arts in the spiritual development of many Americans and notes that clergy, who see preaching and rational explanation as the key to growth, often overlook this phenomenon. He also sees what he calls a "profound cultural shift" in American religion: "It is a move away from cognition toward experience and toward a more complete integration of the senses into spirituality." Wuthnow calls for a more open approach to the arts in churches to allow spiritual self-expression in whatever artistic form it may take. He gives examples of churches that have experienced substantial growth by using this approach. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.