This is not an easy book and it certainly isn't a typical self help book, though if you stick with it you may well feel uplifted and more self aware. Though the author used to be a Roman Catholic monk, it doesn't ram any religion down your throat. It starts with the concept of emptiness as being central to many religions and develops that theme. To appreciate it fully, the reader needs a good knowledge of religion, history and the arts in order to understand the many cultural references.
This book seems to be a transition between 'Care of the Soul' and Dark Nights of the Soul' - it certainly feels that way. Moore is exploring the differences between soul and spirit, with reference to religion - which I guess is what the title alludes to !
Having read 'Dark Nights' first, as my introduction to the writing of this wonderful author, I sense that this earlier book is a stepping stone along the way as I recognised many of the same ideas at a more exploratory stage.
Because I love Moore's work so much I will happily read anything he writes as it is so interesting, thought-provoking, creative, compassionate and permission-giving. His ability to draw on so many different fields of study and bring them together in such interesting and highly readable ways can leave me contemplating for days, months, years..!
However, I would recommend 'Care of' and 'Dark Nights' as the best introductions to his writings...
This is a beautiful book to read. Inspiring and very gentle. Anyone who has difficuties with religion, thinking it is about a man with a beard in the clouds would find this book helpful. Thomas Morre helps you to see that God resides in the day-to-day interactions with people as well as in promptings from your intuition and insight. Brilliant