God on Your Own: Finding a Spiritual Path Outside Religion
God on Your Own: Finding a Spiritual Path Outside Religion  -     By: Joseph Dispenza
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 308
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0787983128
ISBN-13: 9780787983123

Publisher's Description

After spending eight years in a monastery, Joseph Dispenza walkedaway from his life as a monk and the religion of his youth insearch of a different kind of spiritual path. Outside the confinesof organized religion, Dispenza was able to create a spiritual lifethat gives direction and meaning to all he does and all he is.God on Your Own is written for anyone who has left (or isthinking of leaving) organized religion but wants to continue on aspiritual path. Written by noted author and retreat leader JosephDispenza, this book provides a spiritual road map for those whowant to make the transition from conventional religion toward aricher and more satisfying direct relationship with the Source,without rules, dogmas, or doctrines. Throughout the book, Dispenzaoffers wise, compassionate guidance, speaking as one seeker toanother. He has made this journey himself, gleaning spiritual truthfrom across traditions and practices.

 

Author Bio

Joseph Dispenza (San Miguel De Allende, Mexico) lived monastic life for eight years, studying religion and spirituality first-hand in the order of the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC). After he left monastic life, he worked for social change with a number of humanitarian organizations, including the Center for Social Communications in New York and the Institute for Environmental Response in Toronto. He is the author of Live Better Longer, published by HarperCollins in 1997 and The Way of the Traveler, published (second edition) by Avalon in 2002. He has written on spirituality and natural self-healing in magazines, newspapers, and websites, including Alternative Medicine, American Way, Free Spirit, Magical Blend, Massage Magazine, NewTopia.com, Spirituality and Health, Whole Life Times, and To Your Health, and Beliefnet.com. He is the founder of LifePath Retreats (a guided retreat that leads participants through a dynamic process of moving through obstacles in order to answer the call of living their best life).

Editorial Reviews

In this book—part memoir, part self-help guide designed toshepherd readers from "religion to personalspirituality"—Dispenza, a former Roman Catholic monk,recounts his decades-long search beyond institutional religion.Weaving back and forth between memories of his journey into and outof the monastic life and his subsequent meanderings as a "Seeker"who has embarked on "a sacred quest for spiritual truths," Dispenzauses a wide variety of traditional religious and philosophicalsources (Teilhard de Chardin, Aristotle, Jung, Zen meditation) asspringboards beyond the trappings of not only traditionalCatholicism but any institutionalized form of religion. Dispenza'sstory will appeal primarily to those spiritual seekers who are notinterested in the New Age movement, yet are looking for somethingsubstantial outside organized religion. However, whether or notthis particular audience will be able to stomach some of his morecringe-inducing moments (including accounts such as a "perfectlyspherical soap bubble" out-of-body experience and the RollingStones' simplistic "Satisfaction" lyrics offered up for seriousdissection) is difficult to judge, though Dispenza consistentlymanages to follow up the fantastic-sounding and the ridiculous withsound, intelligent reflection. (May) (PublishersWeekly, February 27, 2006)

"Dispenza … offers encouragement to all those seekingindependence from the secure confines of traditional religiousdoctrine by detailing his own courageous journey."
"The prospect of relinquishing codified church dogma and communityto travel an uncharted, unconventional path can be daunting. In hislatest book, Dispenza (founder, LifePath Retreats; The Way of theTraveler) offers encouragement to all those seeking independencefrom the secure confines of traditional religious doctrine bydetailing his own courageous journey. Through thoughtfulreflection, he relates the crisis of faith he experienced as ayoung monk in the Roman Catholic Church, which manifested itself inthe inability to reconcile his emerging beliefs with the rigidtenets of catechism. Taking enormously uncertain steps, he left thefaith in search of more experiential alternatives that would granthim a more fulfilling relationship with his 'Source' (or God). Theresulting narrative richly illustrates both the challenges and therewards of embarking on such a journey and 'provides a wealth ofrelevant discussion material and welcome support for anyonecontemplating this course.' This 'survival guide' by someonefurther along 'the road less traveled' is appropriate for publicand academic libraries, especially those with traditional andalternative spirituality collections." (Library Journal,2006)

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