Desperately Seeking Spirituality: A Field Guide to Practice

Desperately Seeking Spirituality: A Field Guide to Practice

by Meredith Gould


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In Desperately Seeking Spirituality, sacred spelunker and sociologist Meredith Gould, combines practical wisdom with lived experience to explain why and when traditional practices don’t work for today’s seeker and then how to choose ones that will. In short, easy-to-read chapters and with characteristic wit, Gould provides counsel for reframing perception to discover the sacred in everyday life.
This guide is for self-identified seekers who have tried some, many, or even all the classic spiritual practices and then, given up on them when they stop working. In Desperately Seeking Spirituality, Gould invites readers to embrace a broader definition of practice that shifts focus from doing to being.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814648506
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Meredith Gould, PhD, is a sociologist, longtime spiritual seeker, online community manager, and digital communications professional. Her consulting experience spans all levels of church across denominations. Dr. Gould is nationally known as a passionate advocate of using digital tools for ministry and to encourage practical spirituality. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

Section I In the Beginning

Chapter 1 About That Spiritual Journey 3

Chapter 2 About Those Spiritual Practices 10

Chapter 3 Powerful Paradox 17

Chapter 4 Sorting Through Structure 23

Section II The Spiritual Practices of Being

Chapter 5 Willingness 33

Chapter 6 Curiosity 41

Chapter 7 Empathy 48

Chapter 8 Generosity 58

Chapter 9 Delight 68

Section III Self-Care on the Journey

Chapter 10 Spiritual Practice Burnout 79

Chapter 11 Solitude 86

Chapter 12 Relaxation and Rest 94

Appendix A Cheat Sheet: The Practices of Being in Three Simple but Not-so-Easy Steps 103

Appendix B Spiritual Survival Skills: The Body Scan 105

Appendix C Your Rule of Spiritual Life 108

Notes 113

Subject Index 131

Scripture Index 135

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