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Keeping the Faith Without a Religion [Hardcover]

Roger Housden

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Mar 2014
What is faith? It is not something we must receive from a religion, nor is it a quality we must abandon in order to become rational. Faith , writes bestselling author Roger Housden, implies a basic trust in the way life weaves its patterns an awareness that is not passive or fatalistic, but actively engaged with and accepting all of life s twists and turns. At a time when more and more people self-identify as spiritual but not religious, Housden s new book Keeping the Faith Without a Religion offers us a way to recognize and embrace the extraordinary mystery of our lives without resorting to dogmatic beliefs or nihilistic scientism. He invites us to investigate: Faith and belief how the unattainable desire for certainty has come to replace our true understanding of faith Becoming your own spiritual authority guidance for building a personal faith based on your own inner experience How we can integrate a regular spiritual practice into our lives without subscribing to a particular tradition, and more Today millions of people are seeking a new approach to spirituality that honours both the rational and the mystical in equal measure. With Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, Roger Housden offers a guidebook for this growing population of free-thinking seekers an inspiring call to step beyond the need for answers and trust ourselves to the unfolding of our singular, extraordinary life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Voice of spirituality in our time. 14 Mar 2014
By Ann Linthorst - Published on
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Roger Housden is becoming the voice of secular spirituality to a culture increasingly drawn to it. His rich contacts with people who present spiritual ideas in non-religious language - poetic and prose - coupled with the altitude of his own spiritual understanding, make him a valuable contributor to the current discussion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ: A BRILLIANT BOOK FOR OUR TIME. 4 Jun 2014
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" I am spiritual but I am not religious." Is that not a declaration of our time. Certainly, there are many who are content to be a part of traditional religion, who find comforted by the strict structure of a particular belief system. I am one who feels captive by a belief system organized by that which is outside of myself but I do respect the world's religions and find beauty in their symbols and rituals, as does Roger Housden, author of "Keeping Faith Without a Religion,"his newest book, which is rich with wisdom, poetic sensibilities, insights, and beauty of language, that which he has also brought to his personal essays which appear in his well known poetry anthologies, the Ten Poem Series,( the first which was a bestseller)and to his personal essays which appear in such publications as "O"(Oprah) magazine and Huffington Post. In 'Keeping Faith Without a Religion" Housden does not focus on conveying information(although he is extremely knowledgeable and fascinated by history and classic and contemporary poetry) for he invites his readers to birth their own insights . I am exhilarated by his open and fluid invitation to discover the mystery and wonder of my own existence as it unfolds within me. I am an active participant, not one who is being handed yet another set of beliefs and therefore I feel honored to recognize my own miraculous being . .

Because of Housden's wisdom, and generosity in sharing his own life with us, in this book as well as his essays, I have read almost all of Housden;s books: the Ten Poem Series as well as his nonfiction books, each one alive with his poetic sensibilities, his deep connection to beauty, his embracing all of life: our joys, our sorrows, the dark, our hunger for the transcendent and our capacity to experience that in our "ordinary," every day moments or hours, in our capacity to be centered in the present moment, knowing in that the ecstasy of being. As he writes in the chapter "Faith in Beauty:" "Even in the city there is the sky and a tree to contemplate." At the start of his chapter, he begins, "Beauty lifts my gaze. I look up and there in the distance , the city of San Francisco hovers and floats on the bay under strands of grey mist and the usual bright blue of the California sky"..." and he continues, "I stop, I look my concerns fall away and Istand there, flushed with gratitude for the beauty of existence." Housden sees beauty, not only in nature, but in a certain shade of blue on the ceiling of a mosque or in being immersed in a game of tennis, that in the every day where we can let go of our concerns and be lifted by that is right where we are.
This chapter includes the words of Dostoevsky: "Mankind will be saved by beauty."

So, in this book, you will not only be guided into your deep, authentic self, but will be lifted by the beauty of images Housden sees with his inner and outer eye and thus, you see them too, and begin to see what is around you in every moment, that which you may not have ever seen before. Is that not something to fill you with gratitude.

Housden reminds us that being our own spiritual authority s not new.
Like Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson and countless others throughout history He encourages everyone to be their own priest. He recognizes that we can experience transcendent moments, days, even years, without that being explained, without it boxed in, without needing definite," closed up answers." In this way, we experience the awe and wonder of existence "bowing not knowing to what" as expressed in W.S. Merwin's poem, "The Anniversary of my Death."

Housden's book responds to the growing population of free-thinking seekers who go beyond the need for answers,desiring to trust ourselves and life as it unfolds within us and around us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Have faith 7 April 2014
By Jane Morris - Published on
Knowing oneself has always seemed more important to me that knowing my church, so this book really spoke to me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracking Human Essence in the Modern Age 30 July 2014
By John J. Prendergast - Published on
Roger Housden is a gifted tracker of that most secretive and nocturnal of creatures – human essence. Navigating between religious dogma and dogmatic scientism, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, eloquently guides us to trust the knowing of our felt-intelligence as well as the mystery, dark, joy, changes, imperfection and letting go that life offers. It also encourages us to keep faith with beauty, kindness, love, and the human spirit. This slender and inspired volume radiates presence, nuanced insight, and a mature tenderness. Beautifully written.
4.0 out of 5 stars God Only Knows! 1 Jun 2014
By Gordon F. Newton - Published on
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We need more thoughtful books like this. This book should be read by anyone interested in, "the face of god." Thank you Roger!
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