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How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Moments

Book Number: 
795
Date Fred Read: 
March 2019
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Andrew M. Davis
Author: 
Philip Clayton
Total Pages: 
249
Publisher: 
Monkfish
Year: 
2018

Andrew M. Davis is a philosopher, theologian, and scholar of world religions. His research interests surround Metaphysics and Philosophical Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Natural Theology, Comparative Religion and Applied Spirituality. Philip Clayton is a contemporary American philosopher of religion and philosopher of science. His work focuses on the intersection of science, ethics, and society. He currently holds the Ingraham Chair at Claremont School of Theology.

I bought the paperback edition but I give here Amazon's website for the Kindle edition, for at present, the option to 'Look inside' gives only the Kindle edition.

https://www.amazon.com/How-Found-God-Everyone-Everywhere-ebook/dp/B07D2Y...

[None of the ISBN-10, ISBN-13, or ASIN numbers on Amazon’s websites for the three editions (Kindle, hardcover, or paperback) are recognized by Amazon, thus the ‘no image Circle' appears. I think this new change by Amazon is not good. However, you can see the images of this book's covers at the website above.]

The home page begins with a good summary (use the 'Read more' option). Further down the home page are three 'Top customer reviews' that I highly recommend. The first is the review by “Lauren McKenna” entitled “A gift! deep calling to deep.” The second is the review by “Tripp Fuller” entitled “A Collection of Testamonies from a growing spirituality.” The third is the review by “Tim Burnette” entitled “God after God.” These three capture the feelings I had several years ago when I began reading, for the first time, about panentheism and the “process theology" of Alfred North Whitehead – a form of panentheism that seems to have invigorated others to understand what a modern version of panentheism offers. My favorite author is Marcus J. Borg, whose name comes up often by the contributors to this great anthology.

Using Amazon's 'Look inside' option, I recommend reading the 2-pp Acknowledgments and Dedications by the junior author Andrew M. Davis (this is his first book). He also wrote the 5-pp Introduction – The Journey Ahead. He also wrote a great 28-pp Conclusion: Returning to God After God, but unfortunately, it is not included in the “Look inside” option. The Kindle 'Look inside' ends on page 8 of Philip Clayton's Ch. 1 – That of God in Every One. These 8 pages take you up to his “final departure from fundamentalism” during his junior year in college. This is not a bad place to end what Kindle's 'Look inside' offers, but I wish all 28 pages had been included.

I am familiar with most of the contributors to this anthology. Next I list them in the alphabetical order of my book's front cover. But I begin with the senior coauthor of this book, Philip Clayton (3). After each name I give in parentheses the number of books I've reviewed (so far). But if there is a * instead of a number, that means that I've read one article (or more) by that author in another book or in another medium. Contibutors: Deepak Chorpa (1), Richard Rohr (1), Matthew Fox (3), Rupert Sheldrake (*), Cynthia Bourgeault, Ilia Delio (*), Keith Ward (4), John B. Cobb Jr. (3), Loriliai Biernacki (*), Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki (1), and Bradley Shavit Artson. Sometimes in the future I may look through Amazon Books for the few contributors in the above list with no number after their name to see if there is a book I might want to read. I know for sure that I will look for other books by Philip Clayton, Mathew Fox, Keith Ward, and John B. Cobb Jr. For these four, their books easily enticed me to read more.

I was very pleased at what this book offers – an 'inside look' at their spiritual monents and how their world views agree with panentheism's compatibility between progressive religion and science. I rate this book at five stars, but with my added comment to ‘think six stars.'