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Hymns to an Unknown God

p>There is no doubt that America is in the midst of a spiritual crisis.Millions of people are trying to find meaning in their lives by returning toold-time religions, or by seeking out new cults, fads, channelers, 12-stepprograms, and self-help books. Bill Moyers has called this search forspirituality "the biggest story -- not only of the decade but of the century."Now, Sam Keen, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Fire in theBelly," addresses this crisis and provides a blueprint for bringingspirituality into everyday life in "Hymns to an Unknown God: Awakening theSpirit in Everyday Life."Using practical examples from his and other people's lives, Keen tells readershow to cut through what he calls the "spiritual bullshit, " and recover thesacred in their love affairs, families, jobs, and politics -- in short, how torecover the "Unknown God." Down-to-earth and articulate, Sam Keen is a popularsocial commentator, philosopher, and teacher. He describes himself as"overeducated at the Ivies, " with degrees from Harvard and Princeton. His workhas been featured in a special Bill Moyers PBS interview, and for over twentyyears he was a consulting editor at "Psychology Today."How to Use Your Spiritual Bullshit Detector: In a world of one-minutesolutions, false spiritual leaders, and instant spirituality, how can you tellwhich beliefs are valid and separate the bogus from the genuine.Sex and the Spirit: Why is it that sex and spirituality are so interconnectedand confusing? Keen explains the conflict between "I want" and "I should, " andtells readers how to integrate sensuality, sexuality and spirituality toexperience truly deep and loving relationships.Consecrating Our Days:Rituals for Living: Keen gives more than a dozensuggestions for personal rituals to remind readers of the sacredness in theireveryday lives, including creating a private place as a personal sanctuary, learning to make time to think deeply, setting aside personal days as times ofcelebration, and more."Sam Keen is one of our liveliest minds. It's a joy to go with him as aguide to the byways of the soul in the search for greater meaning in life."
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Sam Keen is a noted author and lecturer who has written thirteen books on philosophy and religion. He earned graduate degrees from the Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University, and spent twenty years working as an editor of Psychology Today. Keen coproduced the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Faces of the Enemy, and was the subject of a PBS special with Bill Moyers entitled Your Mythic Journey with Sam Keen. When not writing or traveling around the world lecturing and giving seminars on a wide range of topics, Keen cuts wood, tends to his farm in the hills above Sonoma, takes long hikes, and practices the flying trapeze.


"Sam Keen is one of our liveliest minds. It's a joy to go with him as a guide to the byways of the soul in the search for greater meaning in life." -- Daniel Goleman, author of The Meditative Mind "Sam Keen breathes pure life into the spiritual void we all may feel at times. . . his hymns and philosophical groundnotes contain the power to help heal the split -- that nameless separation -- that divides us from our world and from ourselves." -- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, bestselling author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

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