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A Religion of One's Own

A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World
Paperback Book
Gotham Books
January, 2015
$19.00 CAD
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In A Religion of One’s Own, author, therapist and former monk Thomas Moore shows how as individuals we can fashion a religion of our own. We can fill in the gaps in our lives between the spiritual and the secular and find a sense of purpose that satisfies us not only spiritually but intellectually and emotionally as well. He explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion.

This is a user’s guide for people who sincerely want a life of deep personal meaning in the modern world. Thomas Moore shows how by paying attention to your inner guidance, seeking out mystical experiences in nature and art, and doing the service you feel called to do—all without any big religious ideas or pieties—you can find your own religion. A Religion of One’s Own is for agnostics, atheists, and seekers as well as those devoted to their religious traditions.

Drawing on his time as a monk; the best that the major religious traditions have to offer; and the wisdom and experiences of writers, thinkers, and artists as varied as Thoreau and Emerson, Thomas Merton, Anne Sexton, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O’Keefe, James Hillman, Carl Jung, Simone Weil, Glenn Gould, and René Magritte—among others—he shows how we can create lives that feed our soul.

The religion I am putting forward is not the domesticated, tame, rehearsed, and constantly repeated variety. It is ever revealing and renewing itself. When I say that it is your own, that’s what I mean. It is not someone else’s summary of what you should do and be. It is the constant new revelation of the deep truths that can shape your life.

Moore recounts the benefits of contemplative living he learned during his twelve years as a monk but also the more original and imaginative spirituality that he later developed and embraced in his secular life. And he shares stories of others who are creating their own path.

At a time when so many feel disillusioned with or detached from organized religion yet long for a way to move beyond an exclusively materialistic, rational lifestyle, A Religion of One’s Own points the way to creating an amplified inner life and a world of greater purpose, meaning, and reflection.

Among Thomas Moore’s other books are Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul.

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