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The Secret Life of God
‘It’s a really unusual and insightful essay, not asking the conventional questions, but probing to a far more serious level. I was genuinely grateful to have it.’
‘I devoured this book in only a couple of sittings. It has a strangely un-put-down-able quality normally attributed to fiction.’’
Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
The Secret Life of God is a kind of spiritual investigation into twenty-first century Britain. It chronicles how, in an age when institutional religion is on the decline, people are finding new ways of believing and belonging, and puts the faces and places to the trend in which people are increasingly describing themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’.
Part travelogue, part reportage, the book reveals the Benedictine nuns striving to establish a start-up community, the Sufis exploiting the spiritual possibilities of sound and the Druids forging a relationship with nature. Interwoven with a powerful narrative of loss and belonging, it is both a deeply personal book and one which tells a wider story about our evolving relationship with place and meaning.
Praise for The Secret Life of God
‘Skillfully juggling revealing interviews with judicious comment, the book is a tour-de-force of journalistic discovery. Alex Klaushofer stands in the tradition of many Britons who want to take spiritual questions seriously without necessarily resorting to formalised worship. For her, a talented writer who unashamedly grapples with issues of loss and death, God is to be found in the country’s hidden contemplative communities, with modern Sufis and in the nature spirituality of the Druids. With its elegant meshing of personal engagement with wider questions of identity and its lyrical tone, this wonderful book is a rarity. It has passion; it has originality; it has a unique voice.’
Alex Wright, executive editor, IB Tauris
‘The writing has a perfect, elegant flow and, while reflecting a personal journey, rises above the risk of ‘oversharing’ to articulate something that speaks strongly to the spirit of the times. With a lightness of touch, it represents what is best about pluralism, and an openness and generosity of spirit is extended to everyone the author meets, while never losing her critical grasp or sense of humour. Encounters with people on different spiritual paths are reported with great sensitivity, and difficult questions about life, death and religion handled with depth and insight. What a wonderful book.’
Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson, director, Lokahi Foundation and Visiting Professor, King’s College, London