When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough Hardback

Seeing God in Surprising Places... Even in the Church

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When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough

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In ‘I'm spiritual but not religious’, Lillian Daniel shows that the modern focus on the private "spiritual life" makes people inwardly self-focused, vague in their expression of faith and unwilling to respond to suffering and need and. It is, she insists, the centuries of careful religious thought, debate, and most importantly, community, that enables us to search for, find and act with God in the midst of fallible human beings. Now this is being denied to Christians and we are the worse for it.

Lillian Daniel’s opens with the comment: “While I think God does want us to feel gratitude, I do not think God particularly wants us to feel lucky. I think God wants us to witness pain and suffering and, rather than feeling lucky, God wants us to get angry and want to do something about it.”

Taking apart the phrase "I'm spiritual, but not religious” Lillian Daniels shows how this blanket excuse has damaged faith traditions such that "religious” people - especially if they are open-minded and progressive themselves - don't know how to respond.

With real life stories biblical examples, Lillian shines an honest and candid light on a faith that can, all at once, be strange, wonderful and well worth trying. Yet, Lillian finds, people create their own version of God because they can’t face the God who created them.

Lillian Daniel answers the dilemma by showing you people who are searching for God in the midst of everyday life, unashamed to be "religious" in the full and wonderful sense of the word. When "Spiritual but Not Religious" is Not Enough is the book for people who want to find God in nature and in other weird places: prison, airports, yoga classes, committee meetings, and even their local church.

When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough by Lillian Daniel was published by Hodder & Stoughton in February 2013. The ISBN for When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough is 9781455523085.

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People find it comfortable and convenient to create their own version of God-but can they really face the God who created them? The phrase "I'm spiritual, but not religious has been used so much as a blanket statement of faith that it has become a cliche. Some users have been damaged by particular traditions; others cannot settle for just one. Often "religious people" - especially if they are open-minded and progressive themselves - don't know how to respond. Lillian Daniel answes the dilemma with real, compelling stories of what a life of faith can truly be: odd, wondrous, God-soaked and worth trying. Here are people looking for God in the midst of everyday life, unashamed to be "religious" in the full and wonderful sense of the word. Private "spiritual life" keeps people self-focused and vague, depriving them of centuries of careful religious thought, current debate, and most importantly, a community of support. It is not remarkable to see God in sunsets and mountaintops; what is remarkable is to find God in the midst of fallible human beings.
When "Spiritual but Not Religious" is Not Enough is the book for people who want to find God in nature and in other weird places: prison, airports, yoga classes, committee meetings, and even the weirdest of all places, the local church.

Contents

•    Part 1 – Searching And Praying
Spiritual Bit Not Religious
The Stand In Church
So Hard To Sit Still
An Honest Prayer
An Orphan Looks Ahead To Father’s Day

•    Part 2 – Confessing
We And They
Magic Tricks
Sing Sing
Knitting Prayer Shawls And Baby Booties
Confessions Of A Picky Eater

•    Part 3 – Communing
Things I ‘M Tired Of
No Sin No Service
The Affter Tax Blessing
Road Trip
The Special Occasion

•    Part 4 – Wandering
Hog Time
Speaking In Tongues
The Poor Are Not Lucky
Please Stop Boring Me
Animals In The Airport
Immigrants Like Us

•    Part 5 – Wondering
Born In Perplexity
Inconsistent Jesus
Quibbling And Quoting
In Don’t Have To Prove It
The Limits Of Taste

•    Part 6 -  Remembering And Returning
Every Spiritual Home
The Secret Passage
A Valentine’s Day
A Grade Of Incomplete
Little Boots
Trial Separation

Endorsements

"With candor, theological insight, and pastoral wisdom, Daniel describes how testimony can deeply affect, and finally transform, the life of a congregation. Prepare to learn here about the practice of testimony, but prepare also to be touched by the courage and honesty of people speaking aloud their experiences of faith." — Thomas G. Long, author of "Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian".

"Daniel offers us a new look at an old tradition that many mainline congregations have abandoned. She shows how testimony breathes new life into people and the congregations they love." — J. Brent Bill, Indianapolis Center for Congregations.

"This marvelous book is itself a testimony to the powerful ways God works when people are invited to tell others what they have seen and heard and touched of God's presence in their lives." — Martin B. Copenhaver, Wellesley Congregational Church.

“Marvelously gritty wit…an impassioned and winning case for why church, community, and formal religious traditions are so integral to creating a fulfilling life….her ideas are thought provoking and infectious.”— Booklist, Starred Review.

“Intelligent, inviting and nurturing, these essays…offer a rich banquet for pastors, lifelong congregants, disaffected Christians, and confused seekers alike.” — Publishers Weekly Starred Review.

“Here is why I love Lillian Daniel’s writing: it is honest; it is funny; and it teaches me about Mary and Martha via a yoga class. Also, Lillian Daniel describes the church I know and am known by—she describes a church that is ordinary and extraordinary, full of people who are broken, gifted, blessed, strange, and wonderful. Thechurch she describes is the place that has sustained my spiritual life when my own interior sense of God’s presence has faltered; and it is the place that, as often as not, is where I am sitting when my sense of God’s presence reignites.” — Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis.

“You read some things because you have to or need to or ought to. You’ll read Lillian Daniel for the pure pleasure of pitch-perfect writing—she has the rare talent of a ‘natural.’ Along the way, you’ll discover enrichment and insight that you needed and wanted…Lillian cooks up a delicious and nourishing feast for readers. Don’t miss it!” — Brian McLaren, author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

“This is the wonderful, essential Lillian Daniel at her best—earthy, perceptive, devout, tough-minded, angry and laugh-out-loud funny, all in one. Daniels’ easygoing style is just right for revealing her great gift of finding God in the everyday. Sometimes she is biting. Sometimes she is tender and often what she says is stunningly beautiful.” — Bob Abernethy, Executive Editor, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.

“There are plenty of books that critique religion. But here’s a good critique of the critics. Lillian is as fed up with bad religion as anyone else, but she’s also careful to celebrate good religion and good spirituality that bring people to life and make the world a better place. She reminds us that God is always doing a new thing, but that doesn’t negate the old things God has done over the centuries. Lillian reminds me of the old addage: “The Church is a whore, but she’s my mother.” May her book invite us to stop complaining about the Church we’ve experienced and work on becoming the Church we dream of.” — Shane Claiborne, Author and activist.

“These days, when a good word for ‘religion’ is seldom heard, Lillian sings a joyful song to faith embodied in the gritty, funny, weird, everydayness of the church. Somehow she manages to be both realistic and encouraging about that which the world facilely dismisses as ‘institutional religion’. Lillian has given us one of the great books on life together in the congregation.” — Will Willimon, Bishop of the United Methodist Church and Professor of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School.

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Page last updated 8th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHodder & Stoughton (February 2013)
Weight334g
Number of Pages224
Thickness22 mm
Height216 mm
Width147 mm
ISBN9781455523085
ISBN-101455523089
Product Code4053692
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