Spirituality that draws on ancient wisdom and modern pop culture to help anyone connect with their true calling
"A lighthearted, upbeat take on questions that have churned within human minds for millennia."― Spirituality & Health Book Review
“With a balance of careful scholarship and refreshing irreverence, Spiritual Rebel offers a treasure map to the best of the wisdom traditions.”―Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy
“A must-read for anyone seeking to find or deepen their spiritual path.”―Francesco Mastalia, author of Yoga: The Secret of Life
Bringing together insights from a wide range of traditions―from Taoism to Jediism to Yoga to Science to Christianity and more― Spiritual Rebel encourages readers to explore their own personal spiritual style and life purpose.
Mining the world’s philosophical, scientific, and wisdom traditions, Spiritual Rebel offers a three-week program of unconventional spiritual practices. Each day readers choose from a variety of creative activities to try out including forest bathing, meditation with animals, visio divina, kirtan, sacred reading, and visiting spiritually charged locations, just to name a few.
Throughout the book, Sarah divulges juicy tidbits from her own spiritually rebellious journey. A preacher’s kid originally inspired by the Force of Star Wars, she confesses her challenges with her birth religion, descent into addiction, and recovery into a life where everything can be sacred.
Combining pop culture with ancient wisdom, Spiritual Rebel draws on the interfaith wisdom of Wayne Teasdale, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Dr. Andrew Newberg, A.H. Almas, David Spangler, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Muir, Dr. Qing Li, Sarah Wilson, Leonard Felder, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Diane Berke, Thich Nhat Hanh, Madeleine L'Engle, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Krishna Das, Phyllis Curott, Belden C. Lane, Albert Einstein, and many others.
An indispensable guide for seekers, those in spiritual communities, agnostics, atheists, mystics, and the spiritual-but-not-religious, Spiritual Rebel is for anyone who desires meaningful experiences without having to commit exclusively to one path or fear they might be “doing it wrong.” The diverse collection of interspiritual practices and resources will inspire the Force within you, by whatever name you call it.
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About the Author
Sarah Bowen is a multifaith spiritual educator and speaker, and an aspiring Jedi.
As a member of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary’s faculty, Spiritual Directors International, and several recovery communities, she seeks to help others connect with the higher power of their own understanding. Passionate about the world’s great faith traditions, Sarah is a graduate of One Spirit and has studied at Chicago Theological Seminary, Emerson Theological Institute, Chopra Center, and Omega Institute. She is especially interested in the intersection of animal welfare and spiritual values and a fierce advocate for all creatures, and she currently serves as an animal chaplain.
Before starting her spiritual journey, Sarah spent a few decades as a designer and brand strategist in New York City. Her first book, Void If Detached: Seeking Modern Spirituality Through My Father’s Old Sermons (Epigraph Publishing, 2017), has received several awards.
Sarah splits her time between New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen and the Hudson Valley, where she lives with her artist husband Sean Bowen, two rebellious black cats named Deacon and Buba-ji, Picasso the rescued goldfish, Max the squirrel, and a backyard full of yet-to-be-named critters.
Connect at thisissarahbowen.com or follow her on Instagram @modernreverend
Table of Contents
The “F” word
Rebel without a cause
Taking out the sacred trash
Exploring a deeper perspective
Week 1: Being
Week 2: Deepening
Week 3: Expanding
Rebel with (a lot of) clues
Revealing higher purpose
Be here nowadays
What People are Saying About This
“ Spiritual Rebel makes discovering spirituality fun! In this modern-day approach, Sarah's wisdom, wit, and knowledge take us on an illuminating journey of discovery. A must-read for anyone seeking to find or deepen their spiritual path.” —Francesco Mastalia, author of Yoga: The Secret of Life
“Part interfaith instigator, part spiritual sister, Sarah Bowen will kindly and impishly guide you to the next step of your journey to your own true heart.”—Barbara Becker, blogger All Beings Everywhere
“Sarah Bowen’s Spiritual Rebel is a Jedi-infused, interspiritual smorgasbord of personal-universally attuned stories and activities that can be tried out, tossed out, worked through, and which will awaken and encourage the depth and breadth of ourselves to flourish, even in the chaos of our times. Accessible, a little snarky, a little sweet, Sarah brings us along on a great journey of larger-Self discovery!”—Leslie Reambeault, LCSW, eco-spiritual psychotherapist, interspiritual mentor, and author of the forthcoming Meeting Death: Mapping the Territory for Therapists and Spiritual Companions
“ Spiritual Rebel will become a must-read. Sarah’s experience with her religious heritage and her spiritual path will resonate with so many who, like me, have experienced religious trauma and yet still yearn for a deeper connection. The daily practices are practical, powerful, and enlightening. Sarah has a gift of writing, is a gift in spirit, and this book is sacred.”—Karla Kamstra, owner and founder of The Bridge Spiritual Center
"Sarah is a skillful writer who weaves her spiritual knowledge throughout this book while providing simple and practical advice on ways to deepen your own personal spiritual journey. You will want to keep this book within arm's reach so that you can refer to it often."—Reverend Joie Barry, founder of The Gathering of One
“In sum, I found Spiritual Rebel to be a humorous, slightly irreverent, concise guide for people who are searching for meaning—and aren't we all?”—Judy Ranniger-Meza, LCSW
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is a myriad of books on the market to help people find their way through this tricky world. It could take a lifetime to simply find the ones that might apply to your exact situation. The author here has done the leg work for you. Through her incredibly well written journey, she has tried and tasted most every kind of spiritual way that exists. The key here is not to follow her way in exactitude. The journey to your own level of preferred spiritual awareness is an incredibly personal one. No one needs to be directed by a herder or led like a lemming over a certain spiritual cliff. The author illustrates many handy ways a person could use to help find themselves when faced with the low point that most humans find themselves in. Each reader will find something in this book that resonates with them and that is one of the key benefits of this work. For this reader, the simply philosophical idea that I will paraphrase: stop fighting against what you don't like and change yourself to get the most out of it. My wife and I did that in January of this year when we consciously decided to love every day. Hating Mondays only made us give up 14.3% of our potential life enjoyment. We found our inspiration for this from Winnie The Pooh but there are a million ways listed in this book for everyone to try (or not...not all works for everyone!). Not a simple read but when you get to the aha moment that works for you, this book has done its job. A solid edition to the self-help spiritual world. Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in the hopes I’d review it. My Rating: 4.5 stars