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Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious
Like most moms, Amy Julia Becker's mornings begin early and busy—bottles and breakfast, dishes and dirty laundry—and don't settle down all day. How to understand the purpose of such a life? "I long for a sense of meaning to undergird the tedium of housekeeping and the demands of caring for small children," she writes. "But I ignore or deny those longings because to pay attention seems impractical, indulgent, and nearly impossible."
What's the answer? Becker, whose writing on parenthood has appeared in the New York Times, Parents, Christianity Today, and Patheos, addresses the problem of soul-draining stress with a surprising answer: Become both spiritual and religious. While being "spiritual but not religious" is a dominant trend among today's seekers, Becker shows how true peace and solutions for life can be found in drawing on the strengths of both spiritual practices and religious doctrines and disciplines.
"Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious" is a powerful primer on finding peace amidst chaos and strength from within weakness, and Becker is a reliable guide on the frenetic journey of contemporary life.