Grace Without God

Grace Without God

The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in A Secular Age

Book - 2016
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Publishers Weekly "Best Books of 2016"

Spirituality & Health Magazine Best Book of 2016

Nautilus Gold Award Winner 2016: Religion and Spirituality of Other Traditions

Meet "the Nones"--In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion.

Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging.

So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? What do they do with the space left after religion? With Nones swelling to one-fourth of American adults, and more than one-third of those under thirty, these questions have never been more urgent.

Writer, journalist, and secular mother of three Katherine Ozment came face-to-face with the fundamental issue of the Nones when her son asked her the simplest of questions: "what are we?" Unsettled by her reply--"Nothing"--she set out on a journey to find a better answer. She traversed the frontier of American secular life, sought guidance in science and the humanities, talked with noted scholars, and wrestled with her own family's attempts to find meaning and connection after religion.

Insightful, surprising, and compelling, Grace Without God is both a personal and critical exploration of the many ways nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose in an increasingly secular age.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062305114
0062305115
Branch Call Number: 200.973 OZMENT
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 24 cm

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Aug 10, 2016

She fails to answer the basic questions about meaning, purpose and belonging which she posed in this book. After interviewing many "experts," the author attempts to throw together a potpourris of various religious traditions, of which she has only the most superficial knowledge.

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