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Book Title: Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind|
The author of the book: Margaret Placentra Johnston
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Edition: Quest Books
Date of issue: September 25th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780835609050
Format files: PDF
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Faith Beyond Belief is the GOLD WINNER of the 2013 Nautilus Award in Religion/spirituality - Western Traditions. This prestigious award is granted to exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change. Nautilus' motto is "Better Books for a Better World"
Faith Beyond Belief gives a much-needed voice to the �good” people who have left their church but whose spirituality continues to mature. Johnston uses first-person stories as well as known spiritual authorities in describing various stages of religious growth. Some of these real-life accounts are by nonbelievers; others are by those among the growing numbers of the �spiritual but not religious.” All are thoughtful people with too much integrity to live what they consider a lie.
The stories of the nonbelievers-including an ex-Catholic, a former Mormon, and a clandestine Muslim apostate who left his community after the attacks of 9/11-show how complete confidence in human reason can lead away from literal religious interpretation. But, while that step is a necessary one on the spiritual path, it is only intermediate. Her second set of stories are of people at the �mystic” level who can tolerate paradox and see truth and reality as multidimensional.
Johnston’s book will help doubters to see things in a new light as well as those who are struggling to clarify their own spiritual vision. It also points beyond the atheist/believer controversy wreacking such divisive havoc in our culture today.
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Read information about the authorWith the publication of Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind, Margaret is embarking on her third professional career*.
After teaching French in her twenties, she went back to school for Optometry. A practicing optometrist, she has been helping people see better in the physical world for the last thirty years. But back around 2004, she began noticing a way she could help people see more clearly in other ways.
Captivated by the depth and beauty of the universal worldview described by various spiritual development theorists, Margaret found ten regular, real life people whose stories could show us steps on the way to that worldview. Her book, Faith Beyond Belief, is the result of that search.