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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: BlueBridge (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933346272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933346274
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peregrinus on 19 April 2012
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With no book description on Amazon.co.uk I copy the one from Amazon.com:-

"Full of vision, hope, and inspiration, this profound and passionate manifesto provides a fascinating overview of the incredibly rich and diverse spiritual landscapes of the world--feeding a deep longing for a life of wholeness and meaning and a society of greater peace and justice. Drawing from a wide variety of faiths and secular traditions, this book looks at cultural diversity and religious pluralism; clarifies the meaning of spirituality in different languages, faiths, and societies; and shows how numerous new approaches to spirituality have emerged. Also explored are the spiritual dimensions of nature, science, and technology; the transcending experiences of art and spirit; and the powerful expressions of ecological spirituality found around the world. New insights are provided that highlight the major differences that exist between spiritualities while also pointing out the various parallels and points of convergence."

Further, Professor King writes in her prologue to the book that she, "...makes no claim to present a comprehensive in-depth study or critical assessment of the varieties of spirituality that exist in the contemporary world. Its diverse reflections on a single theme are but a modest introduction to very large, complex realities and experiences. Hopefully it will provide readers with plenty of material for deepening their own thinking, and encourage them to pursue further dialogue and inquiry within and without."

For me, her hope has been fully realised. If the above description and note from the prologue is drawing you in then the book can only be a highly recommended must read.
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Good Introduction to a Very Broad Topic 16 Oct. 2008
By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur - Published on Amazon.com
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Ursula King, professor emerita of theology and religious studies at the University of Bristol, is to be commended for tackling such a far-reaching topic as spirituality from a global perspective. In the introduction to "The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest" for a Spiritual Life King acknowledges that this book is intended as a "modest introduction to very large, complex realities and experiences."

King attempts to define spirituality by what it does as opposed to what it is. Spirituality is a "lived experience . . .which seeks the fullness of life - a life of justice and peace, of integrating body, mind, and soul, a life that touches the hem of the spirit in the midst of all our struggles of living in a world that has become even more globally interdependent, yet is so painfully torn apart."

King explores spirituality in light of several factors that influence one's experience of the world. Among these are religious traditions, life stages, education and health, gender, and ecological concerns. For each of these, she offers a brief overview of the historical contributions to understanding spirituality from these various perspectives, and then proceeds to describe and investigate the state of understanding today. There is also a discussion of the challenges that remain.

King succeeds in her mission to offer an introduction to global spirituality. The "Search for Spirituality" offers more questions than answers and should be used as a jumping-off point for further discovery and discussion. To assist in that end, King has provided a lengthy resource list which is very helpful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Seeking Spirit 9 Dec. 2008
By Story Circle Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Serious spiritual seekers will find much to engage them in The Search for Spirituality. Ursula King, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, offers a wide-ranging discussion of the spiritual life, which she defines broadly as a "life that cultivates wisdom, compassion, and love for the sake of other people's lives and one's own." Her book is important for its emphasis on global spirituality (the life of spirit as it is manifested in widely disparate cultures around the world); on the social dimensions of true spirituality; and on nature as the "divine milieu" within which human beings "may become divinized."

With Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, King shares an understanding of the noosphere--the sphere of human interthought and interaction, of spirit and spiritualization--that may transform the universe from matter to spirit. Her connection with Chardin gives her book a depth and vitality that sets it apart from other theological studies. I especially appreciated her thoughtful distinction between the practices of ascetic/monastic and "householder spirituality" (p. 29), in which spirit is manifested in a day-to-day attention to family, work, and community.

The book includes notes and a very helpful resource section. Recommended for Comparative Religion collections.

by Susan Wittig Albert
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book and excellent service 4 Mar. 2013
By J. A. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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A very interesting book, beautifully written. Thought provoking. Received it efficiently and it was well packed and arrived in good time
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Well-written, but the message didn't strike any strong chords with me... 25 Feb. 2011
By Joshua B. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm sorry to say that this book was really hard to review, simply do to the fact that it' seems written more towards a female audience. Being a guy, the semi-flowery language she constantly uses gets a bit annoying after a few chapters. But that's not all that I found questionable about this work.
The other reason I found this book hard to review was because of the fact that I'm a born-again Christian who goes to a Presbyterian church, and the idea of spirituality sparks a flame of wariness in me. I'm not afraid of things like Yoga and such, as long as they don't encroach on a newcomer's ability to discern that such practices in themselves are not a complete religion. However, when people present this book as if it's a stand-alone answer to their search for answers.
Besides these other reasons, I simply found this a hard book to read because I'm not really used to this sort of subject. I don't necessarily want to venture deeper into spirituality, not unless Jesus is right there beside me. Because of that, (which may be an uninformed argument), I saw/see no constant mention of Christ or the Father needing to be one of your constant companions during this journey towards `enlightenment'. And without him there to guide and protect you, I'm afraid for what you'll encounter, because there are a lot of false lessons being prescribed like placebos out there.
All in all (ever fateful verdict), just be careful, please. This could be a good book for someone seeking a deeper spiritual life, I'm sure, but it just wasn't meant for me. I can just tell.
~Joshua Smith~
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