When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough

Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church
By Lillian Daniel (Electronic Book, 2013)
The phrase "I'm spiritual but not religious" has become a cliché. It's easy to find God amid the convenience of self-styled spirituality--but is it possible (and more worthwhile) to search for God through religion?

Minister and celebrated author Lillian Daniel gives a new spin on church with stories of what a life of faith can really be: weird, wondrous, and well worth trying. From a rock-and-roller sexton to a BB gun-toting grandma, a church service attended by animals to a group of unlikely theologians at Sing Sing, Daniel shows us a portrait of church that is flawed, fallible--and deeply faithful. With poignant reflections and sly wit, Daniel invites all of us to step out of ourselves, dare to become a community, and encounter a God greater than we could ever invent.

Humorous and sincere, this is a book about people finding God in the most unexpected of places: prisons, airports, yoga classes, committee meetings, and, strangest of all, right there in church.
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    • On Sale Date: 01/15/2013

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The phrase "I'm spiritual but not religious" has become a cliché. It's easy to find God amid the convenience of self-styled spirituality--but is it possible (and more worthwhile) to search for God through religion?

Minister and celebrated author Lillian Daniel gives a new spin on church with stories of what a life of faith can really be: weird, wondrous, and well worth trying. From a rock-and-roller sexton to a BB gun-toting grandma, a church service attended by animals to a group of unlikely theologians at Sing Sing, Daniel shows us a portrait of church that is flawed, fallible--and deeply faithful. With poignant reflections and sly wit, Daniel invites all of us to step out of ourselves, dare to become a community, and encounter a God greater than we could ever invent.

Humorous and sincere, this is a book about people finding God in the most unexpected of places: prisons, airports, yoga classes, committee meetings, and, strangest of all, right there in church.

Lillian Daniel has served as the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, United Church of Christ, in the Chicago area since 2004. An editor at large for Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, Books and Culture, and in The Journal for Preachers. She has also hosted the Chicago-based television show 30 Good Minutes. Her Huffington Post article "Spiritual but Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me" gained widespread interfaith attention after going viral on the Web. Daniel has taught preaching at Yale Divinity School, Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago Divinity School. In October 2010 she received the distinguished alumni award from Yale Divinity School for "Distinction in Congregational Ministry." She is the author of two previous books: Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony, and This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers, and she contributed to Gifts My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-One Women on the Gifts that Mattered Most.
  • Praise for WHEN "SPIRITUAL BUT NOT RELIGIOUS" IS NOT ENOUGH:

    "This is the wonderful, essential Lillian Daniel at her best-earthy, perceptive, devout, tough-minded, angry and laugh-out-loud funny, all in one. Daniel's easygoing style is just right for revealing her great gift of finding God in the everyday. Sometimes she is biting. Sometimes she is tender and often what she says is stunningly beautiful."

  • "Marvelously gritty wit...an impassioned and winning case for why church, community, and formal religious traditions are so integral to creating a fulfilling life....her ideas are thought provoking and infectious."

  • Praise for WHEN "SPIRITUAL BUT NOT RELIGIOUS" IS NOT ENOUGH:

    "This is the wonderful, essential Lillian Daniel at her best-earthy, perceptive, devout, tough-minded, angry and laugh-out-loud funny, all in one. Daniel's easygoing style is just right for revealing her great gift of finding God in the everyday. Sometimes she is biting. Sometimes she is tender and often what she says is stunningly beautiful."

  • "In short, zingy anecdotes, Daniel strikes out at what she sees at the spiritual laziness of those who opt for "personal faith" outside of a church community. Controversial but powerfully argued."

  • "Intelligent, inviting and nurturing, these essays...offer a rich banquet for pastors, lifelong congregants, disaffected Christians, and confused seekers alike."

  • "Marvelously gritty wit...an impassioned and winning case for why church, community, and formal religious traditions are so integral to creating a fulfilling life....her ideas are thought provoking and infectious."

  • "This is the wonderful, essential Lillian Daniel at her best-earthy, perceptive, devout, tough-minded, angry and laugh-out-loud funny, all in one. Daniel's easygoing style is just right for revealing her great gift of finding God in the everyday. Sometimes she is biting. Sometimes she is tender and often what she says is stunningly beautiful."

  • "Intelligent, inviting and nurturing, these essays...offer a rich banquet for pastors, lifelong congregants, disaffected Christians, and confused seekers alike."

  • "Here is why I love Lillian Daniel's writing: it is honest; it is funny; and it teaches me about Mary and Martha via a yoga class. The church she describes is the place that has sustained my spiritual life when my own interior sense of God's presence has faltered; and it is the place that, as often as not, is where I am sitting when my sense of God's presence reignites."

  • "This is the wonderful, essential Lillian Daniel at her best-earthy, perceptive, devout, tough-minded, angry and laugh-out-loud funny, all in one. Daniel's easygoing style is just right for revealing her great gift of finding God in the everyday. Sometimes she is biting. Sometimes she is tender and often what she says is stunningly beautiful."

  • "You read some things because you have to or need to or ought to. You'll read Lillian Daniel for the pure pleasure of pitch-perfect writing-she has the rare talent of a "natural." Along the way, you'll discover enrichment and insight that you needed and wanted ... Lillian cooks up a delicious and nourishing feast for readers. Don't miss it!"

  • "Here is why I love Lillian Daniel's writing: it is honest; it is funny; and it teaches me about Mary and Martha via a yoga class. The church she describes is the place that has sustained my spiritual life when my own interior sense of God's presence has faltered; and it is the place that, as often as not, is where I am sitting when my sense of God's presence reignites."

  • "Lillian is as fed up with bad religion as anyone else, but she's also careful to celebrate good religion and good spirituality that brings people to life and makes the world a better place. May her book invite us to stop complaining about the Church we've experienced and work on becoming the Church we dream of."

  • "You read some things because you have to or need to or ought to. You'll read Lillian Daniel for the pure pleasure of pitch-perfect writing-she has the rare talent of a "natural." Along the way, you'll discover enrichment and insight that you needed and wanted ... Lillian cooks up a delicious and nourishing feast for readers. Don't miss it!"

  • "Lillian Daniel has a unique voice, a singularly charming mix of sweet and acerbic. She is often hilarious and always wise. This is one of those rare books that, when you finish the last page, you immediately want to start again at the beginning."

  • "Lillian is as fed up with bad religion as anyone else, but she's also careful to celebrate good religion and good spirituality that brings people to life and makes the world a better place. May her book invite us to stop complaining about the Church we've experienced and work on becoming the Church we dream of."

  • "This is a joyous and essential book about that much maligned place: church. Lillian Daniel brings us inside her faith community and her preacher's heart and offers a tour that will make you want to volunteer for the early service next Sunday morning."

  • "Lillian Daniel has a unique voice, a singularly charming mix of sweet and acerbic. She is often hilarious and always wise. This is one of those rare books that, when you finish the last page, you immediately want to start again at the beginning."

  • "Lillian Daniel is the funniest writer I know in the church, and therefore one of the wisest. She challenges the "spiritual but not religious" to do something genuinely bold and innovative-join the ordinary batch of believers trying to live out faith in the company of others."

  • "This is a joyous and essential book about that much maligned place: church. Lillian Daniel brings us inside her faith community and her preacher's heart and offers a tour that will make you want to volunteer for the early service next Sunday morning."

  • "Daniel sees herself and all the rest of us as everyday saints, halos slightly askew, stumbling our way across the holy ground of our ordinary lives toward a God of overwhelming love. This is a book to be savored and celebrated."

  • "Lillian Daniel is the funniest writer I know in the church, and therefore one of the wisest. She challenges the "spiritual but not religious" to do something genuinely bold and innovative-join the ordinary batch of believers trying to live out faith in the company of others."

  • "Jews affirm that God is everywhere and in all of us, and Lillian Daniel makes that real in this delightful manifestation of the God within her that enables her to open our eyes more deeply to the wonder and miracles that are present in every day life situations."

  • "Daniel sees herself and all the rest of us as everyday saints, halos slightly askew, stumbling our way across the holy ground of our ordinary lives toward a God of overwhelming love. This is a book to be savored and celebrated."

  • "With sly wit and insight, Lillian Daniels provides powerful post modern observations of spirituality, faith and religiosity in America with wonderful ironic prose and a preacher's ear for language. Any person interested in the future of faith communities would do well to purchase this publication."

  • "Jews affirm that God is everywhere and in all of us, and Lillian Daniel makes that real in this delightful manifestation of the God within her that enables her to open our eyes more deeply to the wonder and miracles that are present in every day life situations."

  • Praise for TELL IT LIKE IT IS: RECLAIMING THE PRACTICE OF TESTIMONY:

    "With candor, theological insight, and pastoral wisdom, Daniel describes how testimony can deeply affect, and finally transform, the life of a congregation. Prepare to learn here about the practice of testimony, but prepare also to be touched by the courage and honesty of people speaking aloud their experiences of faith."

  • "With sly wit and insight, Lillian Daniels provides powerful post modern observations of spirituality, faith and religiosity in America with wonderful ironic prose and a preacher's ear for language. Any person interested in the future of faith communities would do well to purchase this publication."

  • "Daniel offers us a new look at an old tradition that many mainline congregations have abandoned. She shows how testimony breathes new life into people and the congregations they love."

  • Praise for TELL IT LIKE IT IS: RECLAIMING THE PRACTICE OF TESTIMONY:

    "With candor, theological insight, and pastoral wisdom, Daniel describes how testimony can deeply affect, and finally transform, the life of a congregation. Prepare to learn here about the practice of testimony, but prepare also to be touched by the courage and honesty of people speaking aloud their experiences of faith."

  • "This marvelous book is itself a testimony to the powerful ways God works when people are invited to tell others what they have seen and heard and touched of God's presence in their lives."

  • "Daniel offers us a new look at an old tradition that many mainline congregations have abandoned. She shows how testimony breathes new life into people and the congregations they love."

  • "This marvelous book is itself a testimony to the powerful ways God works when people are invited to tell others what they have seen and heard and touched of God's presence in their lives."

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When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN-13: 9781455523108
  • On Sale Date: 01/15/2013
When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough