Review: PopMatters - September 9, 2009
“Every story in this collection is fascinating, and every one is imminently quotable…More than anything else, the collection gives the sense of how complex and vital the concept of spirituality is to everyday life, right down to the question of belief or non-belief.”
Review: Publishers Weekly - May 4, 2009
“The editors are among the smart, candid, and insightful authors whose personal narratives form the book's 35 brief chapters… Some are funny, others heartbreaking, and some are simply revelatory. Despite the variety, the collection is unified by the contributors' wrestling with received religious traditions and expectations for belief and practice, each articulating a particular moment of the author's life. The voices are refreshingly honest.”
Review: Library Journal, starred review - May 1, 2009
"From Beacon comes a book that, if not a beacon, is certainly a message from the vanguard of popular spirituality. This extremely diverse set of essays is the second to come from Killing the Buddha, an online religion magazine 'for people made anxious by churches' and the ideal home for the 'spiritual but not religious' and all the other great unchurched believers in America. Here you'll find a Jewish adolescent who hopes she is the promised Messiah, an elven witch, a Zen A.A. memoir, and much more. Shocking, exhilarating, and never dull, these essays sometimes give off the self-conscious, twee air of modern memoirs à la Burroughs, but they are important voices. Highly recommended."