Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution

Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution

by Diana Butler Bass

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Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler Bass

Winner of the RNA Book Award, Nautilus Award, and Wilbur Award.

This special paperback edition includes a 40-day devotional that pairs passages from Grounded with prayers and reflections, ideal for use during the Lenten season or any season of reflection.

The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us — and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded explores this cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

Bass brings her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded. She cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others' spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062328564
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 148,956
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Diana Butler Bass is the author of eight books on American religion, including Christianity After Religion, Christianity for the Rest of Us, and A People's History of Christianity. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar. She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture. Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and dog. Her website is dianabutlerbass.com and she can be followed on Twitter at @dianabutlerbass.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Genesis 1

Part 1 Natural Habitat 27

Chapter 1 Dirt 31

Chapter 2 Water 65

Chapter 3 Sky 97

Part 2 Human Geography 127

Chapter 4 Roots 133

Chapter 5 Home 163

Chapter 6 Neighborhood 193

Chapter 7 Commons 233

Conclusion

Revelation 267

Afterword 281

Acknowledgments 285

"God, We Wonder Where to Find You" Hymn 289

Forty Days with Grounded: A Devotional 291

Notes 335

Index 361

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