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When One Religion Isn't Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People

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An exploration of the gifts and challenges of being part of two or more religious traditions at the same time.

The world sees religious and spiritual identity as pure, static, and singular, but some people regularly cross religious boundaries. These "spiritually fluid" people celebrate complex religious bonds, and in the process they blur social categories, evoke prejudice,
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Beacon Press
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Rhiannon Grant
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mix of theorising and personal experience makes this reflective book both a good read and a useful resource. I wouldn't have minded something more academic (in the sense of digging deeper in the theory and giving more detail about the case studies and research mentioned), but this stands well as an introduction to a complex and developing area. I did wonder, especially towards the end, whether the author should have addressed the Steve Bruce type critique (i.e., this is all just decoration on ...more
Jason Comely
I'm a disciple of Christ (LDS) and Buddhism clarifies a lot for me, much like studying Spanish helps me better understand English grammar. Anyway, this thoughtful book appeared at just the right time. If you are a multi-religious person, either by birth or by choice (as in my case), you should read this.
Nancy
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I might classify myself as a religious skeptic, curious about religions other than the one I have been a part of throughout my life. I have often thought that religion is an accident of birth. I, sometimes, do what is expected, but, unfortunately have not experienced that intensive faith that I think others may have. So, I may not be the target audience for this book; going into it, I wasn't even sure what the author meant by "spiritually fluid. ...more
Eglizard
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At last, a favorable book about my kind of people. Under Religion on my hospital patient profile is listed “Unknown,” since I would not be forced into a one-box category. Bidwell interviews people who are multifaith in practice because of migration, mixed marriages, colonialism/mission activity, or choice. It’s a matter of both/and, not either/or, in tending Mystery. Spiritually fluid people bring gifts of tolerance, collaboration, seeing the bigger picture, and shouldn’t be put on the defensive ...more
Annarella
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion, edelweiss
An interesting book about contemporary religious life. It's full of interesting insight and it's an engagin and fascinating read.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Beacon Press and Edelweiss for this ARC
Jaime Oakeson
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Interesting, more anecdotal than I was expecting/hoping for.
GONZA
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting due to my story and my conflicted and complicated relationship with religion, As I am Italian it is not easy for me to avoid religion in any case, but I have always considered me more a spiritual than a religious person. So this book gave me some very good insight most of all to understand me and my needs and then the fact that I'm far from being alone.

Questo libro é stato per me molto interessante, soprattutto per via della mia storia e della mia complicata re
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Duane Bidwell explores the intersection of spirituality, mental health and social justice as a teacher-scholar-clinician in Southern California, where he lives with his wife and son.

In addition to the books shown here, Duane edited "Spirituality, Social Construction, and Relational Processes: Essays and Reflections" (Worldshare Books, 2016).

Professionally, Duane spends his time teaching, researchi
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