When "spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough

When "spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough

Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church

Book - 2013
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The phrase "I'm spiritual but not religious" has become a cliché. It's easy to find God amid the convenience of self-styled spirituality--but is it possible (and more worthwhile) to search for God through religion?
Minister and celebrated author Lillian Daniel gives a new spin on church with stories of what a life of faith can really be: weird, wondrous, and well worth trying. From a rock-and-roller sexton to a BB gun-toting grandma, a church service attended by animals to a group of unlikely theologians at Sing Sing, Daniel shows us a portrait of church that is flawed, fallible--and deeply faithful. With poignant reflections and sly wit, Daniel invites all of us to step out of ourselves, dare to become a community, and encounter a God greater than we could ever invent.
Humorous and sincere, this is a book about people finding God in the most unexpected of places: prisons, airports, yoga classes, committee meetings, and, strangest of all, right there in church.
Publisher: New York : Jericho Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781455523085
Branch Call Number: 248.4 DANIEL
Characteristics: viii, 215 p. ; 22 cm


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May 18, 2013

This book is clearly misnamed. While this author did a post on this exact topic her book is far more readable and intriguing than this. It is about faith and being in a community of faith, and why that is still necessary. A wonderful style and thought provoking

lmhwpl Mar 03, 2013

“When Spiritual but Not Religious is Not Enough” is an expanded version of Lillian Daniel’s Huffington Post editorial with a collection of stories and reflections. The book, a witty and quick read, starts with a re-telling of her experience with a SBNR individual on an airplane. Topics range from the contrasts between active faith and contemplation, being thankful for food on the table but remembering the needs of the poor and hungry, the need for prayer, Daniel’s dietary preferences, an amusing story about a ride to Kentucky with three strangers, and Daniel’s thoughts about immigration. The stories are interesting, but loosely related to the theme of the book most of the time. I grew up attending a UMC sporadically and have visited several churches in the past 15 years of my life – an Episcopal church, a Seventh-Day Adventist church, a UMC, 2 UCC, and 3 Unity churches. Five of these churches I attended for a period of six weeks or more and tried to attend at least one church event or volunteer once or twice. None felt right, because I simply do not believe Jesus was the Son of God or in the atonement or that the Jews were God’s chosen people. I believe in a higher power, but question the likelihood of a personal god. Making the effort to join and uphold a church is hard if you do not believe in the central tenants of Christianity. Non-church goers do miss out on a faith community. For this reason, I am giving strong consideration to having our family join the Unitarian church. Coming together as a community to support each other and do good work, while overcoming our differences and bickering, is truly an art (though I might add it is an art not exclusive to religious organizations). But I have gotten through life’s challenges, including the death of my father, without organized religion. I don’t worship nature (cancer or sunsets). I do reflect on the mysteries of life and death and the divine connection between all living beings. And reflecting happens best when – you guessed it – I watch sunsets and walk along the beach! Yes, time spent outside and practicing yoga brings me closer to our Higher Power (and apparently makes me simpleton). I don’t believe Lillian Daniels is naive or simple for her profound faith in Christianity. I think she is an intelligent and thoughtful person, who is blessed with faith and works hard to maintain it. Likewise, though, instead of assuming that I am too shallow and lazy to go to church, please consider the idea that I have given organized religion a fair shake and do not wish to adopt an artificial faith for the sake of community. I was not indoctrinated into religion early or maybe I don’t have the right faith genes and clearly I have not been “born again”. A lack faith is what holds me back from organized religion, not self-centeredness or a refusal to make time for church.


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