In the three decades since I began to write about spirituality and the world’s religions, the spiritual landscape has changed in many ways, and the publishing world has also evolved. That’s why I’m choosing to publish my first Kindle eBook to reflect the interconnected nature of the planet’s wisdom traditions along with the many fields of spirituality that may not be categorized as “religion” per se. In Circles of Belief, I describe the principles and practices of the major religions of East and West and their offshoots—from Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, and the Baha’i Faith.
Detailed sections on the New Age, Neopaganism, Wicca, the Goddess religions, and Native American spirituality draw connections from the most ancient spiritual traditions—which have existed before and alongside the institutional religions—to the spiritual revolutions of the 20th century, tracing the lines of evolution through Spiritualism, New Thought, Theosophy, and more.
Finally, a chapter titled “Beyond Religion” covers the most significant new developments on the spiritual horizon. Subjects include the debate between scientific materialists and those (including some scientists) who believe that consciousness continues after the death of the body. I also discuss the emergence of “spiritual but not religious” as a demographic (Millennials take note), as well as the most recent research into near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, past-life regression, reincarnation, the afterlife, mediumship, meditation, nondualism, evolutionary spirituality, and pre-life planning. I trace the correlations—and disparities—between traditional beliefs regarding the afterlife and reincarnation and the variations on those beliefs emerging in the most recent literature.
(If you haven’t explored the world of eBooks, this may be the time to begin. You can read my book with a free Kindle e-reader on any compatible device, phone, tablet, or laptop, as well as any Kindle device—but you no longer need a Kindle device to read Kindle books. Ebooks make it easy to find any name or word with searchable text, take notes and archive them online, and transfer notes and excerpts to any writing program.)
You can find out more about my book and read extensive excerpts on my new home page, or purchase a copy from Kindle for a mere $4.99.