Take Your Understanding of Church Teachings from Limiting to Life-Giving—& Free Your Faith to Flourish
“No longer sustained by easy answers, we may find ourselves standing before a three-pronged fork in the road: we can wander in the direction of conventional beliefs and practices, we can reject God and turn away from religion altogether, or we can embrace our uncertainty as an invitation to a more vital understanding of both God and religion.”
—from the Introduction
Do you describe yourself as “spiritual but not religious”? Whether young or old, church connected or not, are you spiritually restless for an authentic faith life but do not find conventional religious teachings pertinent to you?
This accessible guide to a meaningful spiritual life is a salve for your soul. It reinterprets traditional religious teachings central to the Christian faith—God, Jesus, faith, prayer, morality and more—in ways that connect with people who have outgrown the beliefs and devotional practices that once made sense to them. It helps you find new ways to understand and relate to traditional, narrowly defined Christian “truths” that honor their full spiritual power and scope, and opens your mind and heart to the full impact of Christian teachings.
“A remarkably clear distillation of wisdom about what it means to be Christian in the twenty-first century.”
—Marcus Borg, best-selling author, Speaking Christian and Evolution of the Word
“[Leads] us out of the cramped and confining beliefs of parochial Christianity into more expansive and mysterious territory.... Speaks directly to the ‘spiritual but not religious crowd,’ who are searching for a path that gives their lives fresh meaning.”
—Spirituality & Practice
“Essential reading for all spiritual seekers—and for all of us who live with big questions! Issues a compelling invitation for us to examine and enlarge our understanding of God and how we are of God. Highly recommended.”
—Nancy L. Bieber, teacher; spiritual director; author, Decision Making & Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way
“Urges readers not to let religion of any denominational flavor become a stumbling block to a profound encounter with God. Tackles head-on thorny topics too often avoided in fuzzier writing on spirituality.... Forward-thinking ... a cup of cool water to the spiritually dehydrated.”
“Profound and personal ... challenges our familiar yet often unsatisfying approaches to prayer and belief, and moves beyond to the very heart of the divine experience. You need not agree with everything within to be able to answer this call to awaken and embrace the passionate spiritual life.”
—Rev. C. K. Robertson, PhD, Canon to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; author, A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo but Taught Us to Live Like Jesus
“Stella shares the fruit of a lifetime’s spiritual evolution and experience as he freshly interprets nine central dimensions of Christian faith. Many readers will find him a wise spiritual friend.... Highly recommended for seekers of a mature faith and spiritual community.”
—Rev. Tilden Edwards, PhD, founder and senior fellow, The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
“[Offers] the best insights of the most thoughtful theologians, poets and mystics.... Catholic Christians, take heart. Here’s a book to vitalize faith. Protestants, secularists and persons put off by religion-as-usual, welcome.”
—The Rev. Dr. James W. White, PhD, minister emeritus, First Congregational UCC, Colorado Springs, Colorado
“Fluent [and] compelling.... Exceptionally cogent spiritual guidance.”
—American Library Association Booklist
“Saves a new searcher many years of wandering, and reminds a fellow-traveler of the crucial insights from major spiritual stars, adding one—Stella himself.”
—Carolyn Jane Bohler, author, God the What?: What Our Metaphors for God Reveal about Our Beliefs in God
The Rev. Canon Marianne Wells Borg is former canon pastor at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and founding director of The Center for Spiritual Development, an outreach ministry engaging in Christian life in the twenty-first century.