- Keeping the Faith Without a Religion by Roger Housden
- Publisher: Sounds True
- Format: Paperback
To whom do you turn when questions regarding life and its meaning force their way up from deep within yourself?
Not so long ago, at times of inner turmoil and desolation, we would have sought out the spiritual elders of our community, priest, pastor or vicar, for answers to our searching questions.
Yet, the orthodox churches’ continuing instance on referencing every aspect of their ministries to dusty, out-moded and arcane holy texts—most of which were written several thousand years ago, has created a massive deficit in pastoral care.
In Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, writer Roger Housden has sought to fill the void that has been left by current practitioners of dogmatic religious thought.
Throughout his latest publication, the approach has been to confront every aspect of spiritual faith without making reference to established religious dogma!
Throughout the book, he draws upon two key concepts. Faith and trust. Via these channels, he proposes we are able to weave our way through the trials and tribulations of life and emerge as stronger individuals.
The book scrutinizes the paradoxes and contrasts that emerge in our lives. He examines the indecipherable concepts of love and the heart-breaking depths of emotional pain.
From terminal illness through to death and personal loss, he searches for meaning in the mysteries of life at every levels of human experience.
In the concluding chapters of this spiritual journey, Roger proposes that most of our prolonged periods of darkness and pain can be resolved by letting go of accepted paradigms, by embracing the concept that not everything has to be perfect and that it is beauty that ultimately redeems the human spirit.
This book challenges the stranglehold that orthodox religions have had on spiritual thought and discussion for over two millennia without appearing to be either aggressive or antagonistic toward our current guardians of spiritual philosophy.
It challenges accepted Western philosophical wisdom on many levels and, though it makes no direct reference to its Eastern counterparts, it is clear that the author finds within them a greater depth of meaning and sophistication.
Some of its material is dark and challenging at times, but it is also comforting. Throughout its pages, the author comes across as an insightful soul—someone who has searched for meaning in his life and who is inspired by those who have looked to resolve their own spiritual ghosts.
With its personable approach coupled with its anecdotal commentary, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion will warm the heart of even the most cynical reader. This is a book about spirituality for those who don’t do spirituality.
Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.