Monday, February 03, 2014

Thoreau's insights at Walden contrbute to book

Replica of Thoreau's cabin
The Keene Sentinel posts the review, "A Religion of One's Own, a spiritual quest" by contributing writer, Steve Sherman for Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. Amid quotes from the book, Sherman writes:
"The journey his book led him on began during a day trip to Walden Pond in Concord, Mass. Here, he and his daughter visited the replica of the 10-by-15-foot cabin transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau built alongside the pond, where he lived alone for two years, two months and two days “to discover himself and jump-start a meaningful life.”
Moore says that, “You could do no better than to read his words again and again,” to build your own “cathedral” and create your own “Walden.”
 Sherman concludes, "Using his dexterous way of smoothing contending ideas, Moore abides by all the questions A Religion of One’s Own ignites, including the innumerable facets of human appetites. His field guide to better religious horizons allows for those seekers who now favor ready-made maps and stop signs but may find a different direction tomorrow."