How to Believe in God

How to Believe in God : (Whether You Believe in Religion or Not)

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In "How to Believe in God," Clark Strand, an accomplished master of both Eastern and Western mystical practices, takes on the most troublesome and provocative passages from Judeo-Christian scripture, transforming the Bible into a manual of spiritual liberation for the twenty-first-century seeker. Offering a revolutionary new model of approaching the Bible, he frees those sacred scriptures from superstition, dogma, and tribalism, and in the process recovers their universal teaching on salvation and belief. Drawing on his personal experiences, including his Bible Belt upbringing, his years as a Buddhist monk, and his life as a father and husband in a small rural community, Strand makes even the most subtle spiritual teaching heartfelt and accessible. "How to Believe in God" illuminates a clear path to reclaiming a God that leaves nothing out and leaves no one behind. His open, gentle, pioneering approach to faith allows everyone--from churchgoing Christians to those with no religious affiliation at all--to experience the Bible in new and exciting ways.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Doubleday & Co Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0767920694
  • 9780767920698
  • 1,443,688

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Praise for "How to Believe in God"
"I learned a lot from "How to Believe in God," which presents new and thought-provoking analyses of familiar scriptures."
--Jimmy Carter
""How to Believe in God (Whether You Believe in Religion or Not)" is a timely, beautifully crafted book. It's especially relevant for Western seekers on either side of the biblical divide. For practicing Christians and Jews, the book will bring a stunning freshness to their understanding of the Bible. For those who have overlooked (or even rejected) the gospel of the Old and New Testaments, "How to Believe in God" will open hearts and minds to the profound treasures found within the Bible's parables and lessons. And for those who have been trying to fill 'the God-shaped hole' with anything but religion, this book will be food for the soul without the dogmatic calories!"
--Elizabeth Lesser, author of "Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow" and "The Seeker's Guide" and cofounder of the Omega Institute
"In "How to Believe in God," Clark Strand turns humanity's perpetual collective conflict over which religious text is "the "right one into the very key to enter life's deepest mystery. It's like watching a puppet show, in which the characters (including Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Abraham, Muhammad, and Strand himself) seem so real, until it dawns on you that Someone has to be holding the strings. Whether that's true becomes a koan of biblical proportions that Strand's book memorably guides you to resolve for yourself."
--Alan Weisman, author of "The World Without Us
"You do not need to 'believe in God' to be able to experience God, and Clark Strand lets you know why in this courageous and honest book. This book could lay a new foundation for the reform of Christianity."
--Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of "Everything Belongs"
""How to Believe in God" is the book I have been looking for all my life."
--Gail Godwin, author of "Evensong"
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About Clark Strand

CLARK STRAND is a spiritual teacher and the director of the Koans of the Bible Study Group, an ecumenical, interreligious spiritual community. A former Zen Buddhist monk, he is a contributing editor of "Tricycle: The Buddhist Review" and has written a variety of books and articles on spiritual practice. He lives in the Catskill Mountains with his wife and children. To find out more about "How to Believe in God," please visit his blog
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