Kurtz and Ketcham (The Spirituality of Imperfection) return after a long absence with a compendium of stories and wry life truths drawn from a variety of cultures and wisdom traditions. They quite deliberately organize their material loosely by theme, in chapters bearing such titles as "experience," "wonder," "wisdom." But they encourage the reader to dive in at random rather than read in a linear, front-to-back fashion. Readers who are conversant with brief wisdom tales from Hasidism or Zen will find many familiar ones here. What's new, though, is the sourcing and contextualizing found in the unobtrusive footnotes, which demonstrates the breadth and depth of resources the authors have drawn from. The earlier book is the more insightful; some readers may wish for a bit more from two well-known figures than their curation of familiar tales. But this will likely find an enthusiastic reception among people in addiction recovery programs and will be a good addition to public library shelves as well. Agent: Linda Loewenthal, David Black Agency. (May)
Praise for EXPERIENCING SPIRITUALITY:
“The inspiring storytellers’ guide to who we are as humans and how we can live the reality of our dreams along the journey of an unpredictable life."
— William Moyers, New York Times bestselling author, Broken
“A rich, thoughtful, and engaging collection of stories, anecdotes, quotations, and thoughts on all kinds of subjects that connect to spirituality from two people who understand spirituality better than anyone. Wonderful!”
— Susan Cheever
"One of the best guides for applying spiritual tools to life."
“Readers of Experiencing Spirituality will undoubtedly want to go back again and again to revisit and reflect on the stories that are the heart of this remarkable work.”
— Pat Taylor, CEO, Faces and Voices of Recovery
"This is a richly delinated tributeto the triumph of the human spirit."
— Retailing Insight
“Kurtz and Ketcham have a mission to clarify—because defining is impossible—spirituality. These stories are experiences. You may forget informative data, but you will not forget the stories. Experiencing Spirituality is not reading. It is an experience.”
— Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, author of Addictive Thinking
“Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written, Experiencing Spirituality is one of those rare books readers will return to again and again as a balm for old and fresh wounds and as a meditation on how to a life of greater balance, fulfillment, and self-acceptance.”
— William L. White
Praise for The Spirituality of Imperfection:
“A brilliant anthology of wisdom stories from all the great traditions centered around a most compelling and discerning issue.” — M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled
“I love this book and I’ve been foisting it on people for years. It’s wonderful.” — Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies, Grace (Eventually) and Operating Instructions
“You remember these stories…. They become a part of you, a part of your own spirituality.” — Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Bell
“Sometimes a reviewer wants to stop writing about a book and simply stand up and cheer.... The wisest book I've read in a long time.” — Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Meaning and Medicine
“This is an inspiring guide, offering comfort not only to those in 12-step recovery programs but to those who want to stop striving for personal perfection and start living.” —Publishers Weekly
“I think this book comes closer to the real meaning of spirituality than anything I've looked at in the last twenty years.” —John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming