Everyday Spirituality: Discover a Life of Hope, Peace and Meaning

Everyday Spirituality: Discover a Life of Hope, Peace and Meaning

by James Hazelwood

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Overview

Everyday Spirituality: Discover a Life of Hope, Peace, and Meaning

  • Are you longing for a spiritual connection, but too busy?

  • Do you seek more peace in your life?

  • Is God important to you, but this fragmented world is distracting you?


In this conversational, thoughtful and at times humorous book, James Hazelwood helps you discover that much of your everyday, so-called ordinary life, is actually quite spiritual. You'll finish this book with a whole new perspective on life, and a lot less guilt about what you should be doing.

In this book, you'll discover:

  • Life is full of sacred moments, and they are found in daily life, not in monasteries or with gurus.

  • A way to be a graceful person in a hectic life.

  • Humorous stories of everyday people just like you discovering a meaning-filled life.

  • A glimpse of an open accepting and broadly inclusive expression of the Christian faith, one that embraces other religions, philosophers, literature, and psychology.


Everyday Spirituality presents 27 easy to read short chapters making it the kind of book you can digest in short reading sessions. Keep it in your car when you've got five minutes waiting to pick up the kids at school, or during a lunch break at work. Then talk about it with your friends over pizza.

Everyday Spirituality is for people who have left the church, never went, or are still hanging on. What they all have in common is, the old way just isn't working. Not because it's wasn't of value, instead because, well, life got crazy, work took over, and who has time to sit and pray and read a devotional every day for an hour?

Instead, what if your life was the prayer. Your walk in the mall, your dinner with friends, your questions, your travels, even your time at the gym…what if you saw all that as a connection to that which is timeless, eternal and holy. Would your life be different, better, filled with hope? You bet it would.

"I've been struggling with how to be a faithful person for decades. This book helped me see a new way, and it's tremendously helpful." Chris F.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733388603
Publisher: James Hazelwood
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 300,188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

James Hazelwood has been a parish pastor, photographer, disc jockey and ice cream scooper. These life experiences inform his writing for the recently released book, Everyday Spirituality: Discover a Life of Hope, Peace and Meaning.

Born in Concord, Massachusetts, and raised in Los Angeles, where he steadfastly avoided responsibilities as a teenager in the 1970's. This brief foray into adolescent play was his only escape from the oldest sibling syndrome of taking on leadership roles everywhere and often. While attending college he rejuvenated an anemic college radio station, launched an underground newspaper and brought the first Punk Rock Concert to a Christian college auditorium. A series of friendships connected him with a summer camp counseling position that lead to an interest in environmental education, Christian mysticism and political engagement.

He moved to Berkeley, California in 1983 to attend the Graduate Theological Union and later Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He earned a Master's Degree (M.Div) from Pacific Lutheran Seminary in 1987. He served congregations in Brooklyn, New York and Charlestown, Rhode Island for 25 years, prior to his election as Bishop in 2012.

In 2001, he earned his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. His first book, Experience Church, based on his Doctoral Studies, explored the shift from a knowledge-based approach to faith to an experiential emphasis using his work in congregations as a case study.

For fifteen years he worked as a professional photographer based in Newport, Rhode Island providing Portraits, covering weddings and creating editorial images for non-profits and publications.

He currently serves as Bishop for the 180 congregations of the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church (ELCA). He and his wife, Lisa, share a home along the Rhode Island coast where they bicycle, garden and enjoy visits from their grandchildren. He blogs and podcasts regularly at www.jameshazelwood.net

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