Spirituality for the Skeptic

Spirituality for the Skeptic
Author: Robert C. Solomon
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 159
Release: 2006-12-04
ISBN 10: 9780195312133
ISBN 13: 0195312139
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spirituality for the Skeptic Book Review:

By examining the ideas of great thinkers from Kafka to Socrates, this text arrives at an alternative vision of spirituality, one that is non-dogmatic and practical, that should appeal to many seekers looking to make sense of the human condition.

The Contemplative Skeptic

The Contemplative Skeptic
Author: Barrett A. Evans
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2020-05-20
ISBN 10: 9781949643497
ISBN 13: 1949643492
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Contemplative Skeptic Book Review:

Skeptical but drawn to spirituality? Explore the best of both worlds. A former evangelical seminarian and ex-Roman Catholic, Barrett A. Evans is an agnostic who has retained a fascination with contemplative spirituality. Building on what he learned in his divinity, counseling, and historical studies, the author draws on hundreds of religious and secular sources in an effort to combine honest doubt with the best of contemplative experience. Presented in a "devotional" format, The Contemplative Skeptic is meant to be an exploration into the value of skepticism, a source of solace from harmful forms of religious indoctrination, and a stimulus for more peaceful, authentic, and compassionate living. While openly discussing the inherent problems with dogmatic faith, efforts are also made to retain the best parts of spirituality--especially a sense of focus and purpose, an encouragement to live for others, and the consolation of certain contemplative and psychological disciplines. The author's rather iconoclastic approach is meant to appeal to agnostics, deists, pantheists, atheists interested in spirituality, and other non-traditional thinkers. In this book, you'll find: A frank exploration of the dubious and harmful aspects of traditional religious belief. An invitation to acknowledge the unverifiable, the improbable, and the unknown. Meditations and exercises for those seeking to enlarge their sense of purpose, wonder, compassion, and contentment. Select wisdom from a variety of religious traditions to help soften those who have an overly negative view of religion or religious people. Suggestions for utilizing a conservative religious past in a positive way. The Contemplative Skeptic is a journey into the nexus of doubt, wisdom, and healthy contemplative practice. If you find value in spirituality but are weary of the fearmongering and appeals to credulity that so often accompany traditional dogmatic approaches, then you'll love this book.

Spiritual Realism

Spiritual Realism
Author: David A. Gurdjieff
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 116
Release: 2004-10
ISBN 10: 0595330037
ISBN 13: 9780595330034
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spiritual Realism Book Review:

You are not happy. You may enjoy periods of relative happiness and you may be happier than other people that you know, but you are not as happy as you'd like to be or as happy as you can be. How do I know? First of all, if you were completely satisfied with your life you wouldn't be holding this book in your hands right now. Second, it is very rare to find people that are in touch with certain realities regarding their existence that lead to lasting happiness. Spiritual Realism works in two ways. First, it will challenge the way you think about yourself and your personal reality construct, or in simpler terms, what you think is real. Your illusions need to be shattered in order to achieve the bliss that you desire, yet has been eluding you for so long. Second, this book will teach you a series of techniques that will make you happier and more content with your life if you practice them sincerely over an extended period of time. Spiritual Realism works. It cannot fail to work. Good luck! IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have strong religious beliefs you will likely find views in this book disturbing.

How to Talk to a Skeptic

How to Talk to a Skeptic
Author: Donald J. Johnson
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-10-15
ISBN 10: 1441262911
ISBN 13: 9781441262912
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Talk to a Skeptic Book Review:

Share Your Faith Effectively in a Cynical and Skeptical Age Talking about faith with friends and family members can be a daunting prospect. What do you say if they have questions you can't answer or if they're outright hostile toward God? Actually, you don't have to have all the right answers, just the right questions--and a willingness to listen. As trust and understanding grow, the door to fruitful dialogue will open. How to Talk to a Skeptic shows you how to: · Ask probing questions and avoid being on the defensive in spiritual conversations. · Tell God's story of the world in a winsome and easily understood way. · Gently respond to the most common misunderstandings skeptics have about God. Here's a natural, relational approach to evangelism and a proven way to reach out to an unbelieving world.

A Place for Skeptics

A Place for Skeptics
Author: Scott Larson,Chris Mitchell
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 9780830737055
ISBN 13: 0830737057
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Place for Skeptics Book Review:

The authors provide a spiritual journey for those who may have given up on Church, but not on God.

The Skeptic and the Rabbi

The Skeptic and the Rabbi
Author: Judy Gruen
Publsiher: She Writes Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN 10: 1631523031
ISBN 13: 9781631523038
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Skeptic and the Rabbi Book Review:

As Judy Gruen walked down the aisle and into her Orthodox Jewish future, her bouquet quivered in her shaky hand. Having grown up in the zeitgeist that proclaimed, “If it feels good, do it,” was she really ready to live the life of “rituals, rules, and restraints” that the Torah prescribed? The Skeptic and the Rabbi is a rare memoir with historical depth, spirituality, and intelligent humor. Gruen speaks with refreshing honesty about what it means to remain authentic to yourself while charting a new yet ancient spiritual path at odds with the surrounding culture, and writes touchingly about her family, including her two sets of grandparents, who influenced her in wildly opposite ways. As she navigates her new life with the man she loves and the faith she also loves—surviving several awkward moments, including when the rabbi calls to tell her that she accidentally served unkosher food to her Shabbat guests—Gruen brings the reader right along for the ride. Reading this wry, bold and compelling memoir, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when you’re finished, you may also have a sudden craving for chicken matzo ball soup—kosher, of course.

Finding God Beyond Religion

Finding God Beyond Religion
Author: Tom Stella
Publsiher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Total Pages: 126
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 1594734852
ISBN 13: 9781594734854
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Finding God Beyond Religion Book Review:

Do you describe yourself as spiritual but not religious? Whether young or old, church connected or not, are you spiritually restless for an authentic faith life but do not find conventional religious teachings pertinent to you? This accessible guide to a meaningful spiritual life is a salve for your soul. It reinterprets traditional religious teachings central to the Christian faith - God, Jesus, faith, prayer, morality and more - in ways that connect with people who have outgrown the beliefs and devotional practices that once made sense to them.

Skeptics And True Believers

Skeptics And True Believers
Author: Chet Raymo
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-01-31
ISBN 10: 1448129893
ISBN 13: 9781448129898
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Skeptics And True Believers Book Review:

Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He ilustrates his arguement with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the Red Knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. 'Miracles are explainable, ' Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, 'it is the explanations that are miraculous'. For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncomprimising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.

A Skeptic s Guide to the 12 Steps

A Skeptic s Guide to the 12 Steps
Author: Phillip Z.,Z. Phillip
Publsiher: Hazelden Publishing
Total Pages: 252
Release: 1990-10-01
ISBN 10: 9780894867224
ISBN 13: 0894867229
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Skeptic s Guide to the 12 Steps Book Review:

How many of us have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch belief in the Twelve Steps, yet struggles with the concept of a Higher Power.

In A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps, the author investigates each of the Twelve Steps to gain a deeper understanding of a higher power. He examines what may seem like ""unsettling"" concepts to us including surrendering one's will and life to God, and he encourages us to understand the spiritual journey of recovery despite our skepticism.

On Dragonfly Wings

On Dragonfly Wings
Author: Daniela I. Norris
Publsiher: John Hunt Publishing
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2014-04-25
ISBN 10: 1782795111
ISBN 13: 9781782795117
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Dragonfly Wings Book Review:

On Dragonfly Wings – a Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship, is a candid and personal search for the meaning of life, of death and of grief. It aims to give hope to those who have lost a loved one and to those who are about to pass beyond – hope that this is not an end. Written for lay people, rather than experienced spiritualists or mediums, and for anyone who is curious about exploring further, it provides practical tools to help readers find their own spiritual truth and path.

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
Author: Dan Harris,Jeffrey Warren,Carlye Adler
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2017-12-26
ISBN 10: 0399588957
ISBN 13: 9780399588952
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics Book Review:

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF 10% HAPPIER Too busy to meditate? Can’t turn off your brain? Curious about mindfulness but more comfortable in the gym? This book is for you. You’ll also get access to guided audio meditations on the 10% Happier app, to jumpstart your practice from day one. ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word “namaste” without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation’s most vocal public proponents. Harris found that meditation made him more focused and less yanked around by his emotions. According to his wife, it also made him less annoying. Science suggests that the practice can lower your blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain. So what’s holding you back? In Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Harris and Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and “Meditation MacGyver,” embark on a gonzo cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that keep people from meditating. It is filled with game-changing and deeply practical meditation instructions—all of which are also available (for free) on the 10% Happier app. This book is a trip worth taking. Praise for Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics “If you’re intrigued by meditation but don’t know how to begin—or you’ve benefited from meditation in the past but need help to get started again—Dan Harris has written the book for you. Well researched, practical, and crammed with expert advice, it’s also an irreverent, hilarious page-turner.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project “The ABC News anchor, a ‘defender of worrying’ who once had an anxiety attack on air, offers a hilarious and stirring account of his two-steps-forward-one-step-back campaign to sort ‘useless rumination’ from ‘constructive anguish’ via mindfulness, along with invaluable suggestions for following in his footsteps.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

More to Life

More to Life
Author: Britt Sevitt
Publsiher: Balboa Press
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2020-12-16
ISBN 10: 1982257717
ISBN 13: 9781982257712
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

More to Life Book Review:

Do you believe that there is more to this world than can be perceived and experienced with your five senses? Well, Britt didn’t. She liked facts, reality, science and things she could explain. Although, somewhere deep down, she did always have a gut feeling that there was more to life than the daily routine of wake, work, eat, sleep, repeat. One day, after almost two decades of clinical depression and anxiety, Britt was suddenly bowled over by an unexpected spiritual awakening and her attitude towards life changed overnight. Years of debilitating depression melted away. It was as if the cover had been removed from her eyes and she was suddenly able to see that there is so much more to life and this world than we can possibly perceive. It was not easy for Britt, a complete cynic and skeptic, to go from thinking it was all a bunch of nonsense to embracing her spiritual ‘woo’ side. This book traces Britt’s life through her depression, her awakening and her on-going journey as she tries to reconcile her new-found wisdom and spirituality with her utter skepticism for anything alternative or non-scientific, not to mention with her long-held traditional Jewish beliefs.

Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat

Seeking Enlightenment   Hat by Hat
Author: Nevada Barr
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2004-05-31
ISBN 10: 9780425196038
ISBN 13: 0425196038
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat Book Review:

The author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series recounts her spiritual quest for meaning in her life, describing her experiences as an actor, writer, and adventure-seeker, and sharing her transition from atheism toward a sense of being part of something greater than herself. Reprint.

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

The Skeptics  Guide to the Universe
Author: Dr. Steven Novella
Publsiher: Grand Central Publishing
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2018-10-02
ISBN 10: 1538760517
ISBN 13: 9781538760512
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Book Review:

The USA TODAY bestseller is now in paperback with a new chapter on Global Warming! This all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts, which Richard Wiseman calls "the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction." It is intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. There really are no ultimate authority figures-no one has the secret, and there is no place to look up the definitive answers to our questions (not even Google). Luckily, THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE is your map through this maze of modern life. Here Dr. Steven Novella-along with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein-will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories-from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N- rays. You'll learn the difference between science and pseudoscience, essential critical thinking skills, ways to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy co- worker of yours, and how to combat sloppy reasoning, bad arguments, and superstitious thinking. So are you ready to join them on an epic scientific quest, one that has taken us from huddling in dark caves to setting foot on the moon? (Yes, we really did that.) DON'T PANIC! With THE SKEPTICS' GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, we can do this together. "Thorough, informative, and enlightening, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe inoculates you against the frailties and shortcomings of human cognition. If this book does not become required reading for us all, we may well see modern civilization unravel before our eyes."--Neil deGrasse Tyson "In this age of real and fake information, your ability to reason, to think in scientifically skeptical fashion, is the most important skill you can have. Read The Skeptics' Guide Universe; get better at reasoning. And if this claim about the importance of reason is wrong, The Skeptics' Guide will help you figure that out, too." --Bill Nye

The Skeptic s Guide to the Paranormal

The Skeptic s Guide to the Paranormal
Author: Lynne Kelly
Publsiher: Allen & Unwin
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9781741140590
ISBN 13: 1741140595
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Skeptic s Guide to the Paranormal Book Review:

A rational explanation of 27 paranormal phenomena - from walking over hot coals to spontaneous combustion - that appear to defy the laws of science.

Meet the Skeptic

Meet the Skeptic
Author: Bill Foster
Publsiher: New Leaf Publishing Group
Total Pages: 142
Release: 2012-03-01
ISBN 10: 0890516510
ISBN 13: 9780890516515
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Meet the Skeptic Book Review:

Understanding why someone doesn't believe is critical to helping them overcome doubt! People are often skeptical of the Bible for many reasons, but these can be traced to four types of objections: biblical scientific, moral, and spiritual. Once you understand the issues people have raised about these topics, you can better address their skepticism with facts and relevant information. Objections are opportunities. They reveal a non-believers need for truth, and they challenge us to make our faith relevant. With this handy guide to faith conversations, you can expertly present your faith, and defend your worldview with confidence. Be prepared to face the skeptics and help win them for Christ!

Waking Up

Waking Up
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-09-09
ISBN 10: 1451636032
ISBN 13: 9781451636031
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Waking Up Book Review:

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

Jesus Skeptic

Jesus Skeptic
Author: John S. Dickerson
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-10-15
ISBN 10: 149341920X
ISBN 13: 9781493419203
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus Skeptic Book Review:

Can we know if Jesus actually lived? Have Jesus's followers been a force for good or evil in history? A respected journalist set out to find the answers--not from opinion but from artifacts. The evidence led him to an unexpected conclusion: Jesus really existed and launched the greatest movement for social good in human history. A first-of-its-kind book for a new generation, Jesus Skeptic takes nothing for granted as it explores whether Jesus actually lived and how his story has changed our world. You'll - learn what heroes like Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman believed about Jesus - discover how Jesus inspired women's rights, education rights, and modern hospitals - see visual proofs of Jesus's impact, never before compiled in one place - be inspired to continue Jesus's fight for human rights, justice, and progress Jesus Skeptic unveils convincing physical evidence that will enlighten seekers, skeptics, and longtime Christians alike. In a generation that wants to make the world a better place, we can discover what humanity's greatest champions had in common: a Christian faith.

God Islam and the Skeptic Mind

God  Islam and the Skeptic Mind
Author: Saiyad Ahmad
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 382
Release: 2014-11-08
ISBN 10: 9781497360020
ISBN 13: 1497360021
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God Islam and the Skeptic Mind Book Review:

How Do We Know God Exists?Is faith Compatible with science?Why is there evil and suffering?Are my actions free or determined?How should we view religious diversity?Does ethical behavior require God?This work offers erudite, compelling and fresh answers to these questions and more in an accessible language that respond to the challenges presented by the Age of Skepticism and Science. In doing so, the authors provide a balanced approach representing not only theistic and atheistic perspectives, but also a much needed Islamic point of view that has largely been ignored or misunderstood.

The Magician s Book

The Magician s Book
Author: Laura Miller
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2008-12-03
ISBN 10: 0316040266
ISBN 13: 9780316040266
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Magician s Book Book Review:

Enchanted by Narnia's fantastic world as a child, prominent critic Laura Miller returns to the series as an adult to uncover the source of these small books' mysterious power by looking at their creator, Clive Staples Lewis. What she discovers is not the familiar, idealized image of the author, but a more interesting and ambiguous truth: Lewis's tragic and troubled childhood, his unconventional love life, and his intense but ultimately doomed friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien. Finally reclaiming Narnia "for the rest of us," Miller casts the Chronicles as a profoundly literary creation, and the portal to a lifelong adventure in books, art, and the imagination.