- An enlightening book which explores the ways in which spirituality has been experienced and valued in Western society
- Traces the development of modern spirituality, from the origins of Romanticism in the eighteenth century, through to the counter-cultural sixties and on to the wellbeing culture of today
- Explores the belief that modern spirituality is merely an extension of capitalism in which people consume spirituality without giving anything back
- Contends that much of the wide range of popular mind-body-spirit practices are really an ethically charged force for the ‘good life’, helping us to find balance in the demands of twenty-first century living
- Written by an acknowledged world-leader working in the field
- Completes a trilogy of books including The Spiritual Revolution (2005, with Linda Woodhead) and The New Age Movement (1996), charting the rise and influence of spirituality today.
PART I: PORTRAYING SPIRITUALITIES OF LIFE.
1 From the Romantics: The Repertoire.
2 Wellbeing Spirituality Today.
PART II: THE ‘CONSUMING GROWTH’ DEBATE.
3 The Debate.
4 The Language of Consumption and Consumeristic Aspects of Mind-Body-Spiritualities of Life.
5 The Sacred and the Profane: Spiritual Direction or Consumer Preference?.
6 The Matter of Personal Significance: Profaned Superficiality?.
7 Work: Consumptive or Productive?.
PART III: TO WORK BEYOND THE CONSUMING SELF.
8 A ‘Fag Ending’ of the Sacred or Fit for the Future?.
9 Inside Out.
Epilogue: Birthright Spirituality Beyond the West.
Appendix: Evidence Indicative of Inner Life ‘Beliefs’.
Subject Index: Some Main Themes and Arguments