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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450549047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450549042
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,979,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author was raised in a non-religious family but has had a lifetime interest in the functional reality of religion. After receiving a Ph.D. in human anatomy, the author taught and did research in medical cell biology until retirement, all the while retaining an interest in the spiritual dimension of human experionce.

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Do you know what you mean by words such as soul, spirit and spirituality? These words, as the author points out, are bandied about as if we all know with certainty and agree amongst ourselves as to their precise meanings. Of course their meanings can vary depending on translation and context. And we do not know, indeed cannot know all the answers.
As the subtitle declares, this is a collection of one scientist's meditations on the nature of spiritual experience, as reflected in religious practice and doctrine. The author confesses to being a life time seeker of truth and is well versed in most of the major world religions. Here in this book are her personal introspective essays written and reworked over 30 years or so, by this well travelled and well read biologist, as she draws on her own experiences, acquired knowledge and thoughts over 60 years or so.
What is meant, and what is experienced, by those of us who find spiritual experience significant in our lives? What is spiritual experience? She defines this as moments of intensity, wonder and awe. Her meditations, she says, set out to explore this notion from an experiential or existential point of view, although there is plenty of philosophy along the way.

The book sets the scene with the biblical Old Testament story of Moses and the burning bush, and a discussion of the meaning of "I Am," a reality that has been the subject of continuing debate over interpretation ever since.
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Great Answers 5 Mar. 2011
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As a scientist, I developed questions about spirituality at an early age. As I have progressed through life trying to answer these questions, I found this book able to put many of my questions into perspective and found a comfortable solution. I am still searching for answers, but this book has supported many of my own concepts. It is a beneficial read for others who are continuing their own investigation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards 21 Feb. 2012
By J. V. Simson - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the things I found I liked best about this book was the Glossary. The Glossary alone would provide many topics of discussion in and of itself. That may not be typical, but it seems any discussion of God, religion, worship and related acts hinges so significantly on the words used and the meaning of the words used--and so few writers on these topics take the time to thoughtfully consider the importance of the words used and the meanings of those terms and words, both of which are essential to understanding the material and really communicating apples to apples. I was actually surprised at how significant the glossary term definitions really enhanced my understanding and appreciation of the points the author was trying to make. I admit to having some reluctance going in to the book, having had frustration in the past with scientists and anthropologists whose objective with the written word seems to be to analyze God, to quantify God, to deny that God exists or to convince that God is a creation of man rather than man a creation of God. What I found was a very thoughtful and insightful discussion of a Creator and man's need through the ages to understand God and to have the dimension of spirituality. The book was well organized and had a very comfortable flow. It provided analysis but in a non-clinical way, which I found refreshing. I think this book could generate some excellent discussions and would be useful in a Bible study or as a tool in any group seeking to explore and understand our spiritual nature.

*Commentary may be quoted as: “Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards”
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Reality is what exists whether we believe in it or not." 7 Mar. 2013
By Eleanor Stoneham - Published on Amazon.com
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Do you know what you mean by words such as soul, spirit and spirituality? These words, as the author points out, are bandied about as if we all know with certainty and agree amongst ourselves as to their precise meanings. Of course their meanings can vary depending on translation and context. And we do not know, indeed cannot know all the answers.
As the subtitle declares, this is a collection of one scientist's meditations on the nature of spiritual experience, as reflected in religious practice and doctrine. The author confesses to being a life time seeker of truth and is well versed in most of the major world religions. Here in this book are her personal introspective essays written and reworked over 30 years or so, by this well travelled and well read biologist, as she draws on her own experiences, acquired knowledge and thoughts over 60 years or so.
What is meant, and what is experienced, by those of us who find spiritual experience significant in our lives? What is spiritual experience? She defines this as moments of intensity, wonder and awe. Her meditations, she says, set out to explore this notion from an experiential or existential point of view, although there is plenty of philosophy along the way.

The book sets the scene with the biblical Old Testament story of Moses and the burning bush, and a discussion of the meaning of "I Am," a reality that has been the subject of continuing debate over interpretation ever since.
Then in 9 fascinating chapters, she sets out to explore the nature of Reality, how it is experienced, the nature of human spiritual experience, how that relates to the concept of God, worship in relation to religion, the relationship of religion to morality, the difference between faith and belief, and the vexed question of the conflict between religion and science.
The real issue, she writes, is "whether there is a larger Reality to which we may be connected. And if so, are we willing to acknowledge and explore that?" In conclusion she writes: "All of the myths about gods and heroes and saints, all of the stories and books about God and religion, are simply human attempts to solidify that Reality, to make It more comprehensible to human minds and to provide rules for belief and behaviour that will make us feel more secure in the face of such an awesome unknown. It's not necessary to believe any of the stories, simply to have faith in the encompassing Reality, to treat the surrounding world and all beings in it with reverence and respect, and to be grateful for life."
Here is a very well reasoned and fascinating book for all those who struggle with the nature of Truth and Reality, who seek to further explore the big perennial questions, underlying the whole book: "What is actually meant when we talk about spirit, or soul, or God?" and "What happens to our soul or consciousness, our internal reality, when we die?"

I very much liked the author's own useful glossary of her suggested meanings of many religious terms, as used in her essays and which she encourages others to use to clarify their own terminologies. These in themselves offered plenty of food for further thought.
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