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Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality

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Yoga classes and Zen meditation, New-Age retreats and nature mysticism—all are part of an ongoing religious experimentation that has surprisingly deep roots in American history. Tracing out the countrys Transcendentalist and cosmopolitan religious impulses over the last two centuries, Restless Souls explores Americas abiding romance with spirituality as religions better half. Now in its second edition, including a new preface, Leigh Eric Schmidt's fascinating book provides a rich account of how this open-road spirituality developed in American culture in the first place as well as a sweeping survey of the liberal religious movements that touted it and ensured its continued vitality.

About the Author

Leigh Eric Schmidt is Edward C. Mallinckrodt University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of numerous books,

including Heavens Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman, Hearing

Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment, and Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

INTRODUCTION

Spirituality in the Making

CHAPTER ONE

Mystic Club

CHAPTER TWO

Solitude

CHAPTER THREE

The Piety of the World

CHAPTER FOUR

Meditation for Americans

CHAPTER FIVE

Freedom and Self-Surrender

CHAPTER SIX

Seekers

EPILOGUE

Be Gentle with Yourself

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520273672
Author:
Schmidt, Leigh Eric
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Edition Description:
Second Edition, With a New Preface
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
43 b/w photographs
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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