Sunday, July 23, 2006

Edmonton Journal reviews Seeking the Sacred

Sasha Roeder Mah, a freelance book reviewer, looks at Seeking the Sacred: Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World for the Edmonton Journal on July 22, 2006. Mah gives the background for the book which is based on a 2004-2005 speakers’ series organized by Mary Joseph, a United Church minister and lawyer in Toronto. The reviewer mistakenly says, "Seeking the Sacred boasts a roster of internationally renowned deep thinkers, all of whom call Canada home," however, Thomas Moore may be considered an honorary Canadian, because he received his Master of Arts from, and taught at, the University of Windsor and he has offered public presentations in Canada's major cities, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

According to Mah, "Thomas Moore, bestselling author of Care of the Soul, begins with the story of his ongoing quest for depth of spirit. Although he has a historical attachment to religious institutions, having at one point studied to be a priest and also having spent several years in a monastery, Moore now finds spiritual sustenance outside the rigid structures of church. For him, true spirituality flows from a Zen-like state of non-attachment, particularly to figures of authority. Non-attachment asks that we release impulses to control and judge, and move into a deeper connection with all of humanity."

The review also touches on contributions in the book by Romeo Dallaire and Stephen Lewis.