Finding God Again: Spirituality for Adults

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Religion - 203 pages
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Growing out of two decades of teaching and practice, Finding God Again: Spirituality for Adults addresses, in an experiential and pastoral way, the need to re-envision God as we grow from an adolescent to adult spirituality. John Shea, a renowned pastoral counselor and teacher, shows how we can lose touch with religion, spirituality, and a belief in God because of times when our image of God is too narrow, unreal, or inadequate to make sense of our experience. Shea uses real life stories to illustrate and offer a life-changing challenge to leave behind the Superego God of childhood in favor of a Living God we can relate to as adults. By showing the reader how to revisit God as an adult, Shea provides the motivation and method to embrace a Living God and claim the independence and responsibility that accompany genuine adulthood.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
GOD
23
ADOLESCING RELIGION
33
IMAGES OF THE SUPEREGO GOD
39
THE LIVING
45
RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCING
75
SPIRITUALITY
95
TRANSFORMATION AND WHY
125
WHAT HINDERS TRANSFORMATION
131
WHAT FACILITATES TRANSFORMATION
145
IMAGES OF TRANSFORMATION
163
CONCLUSION
181
INDEX
197
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
203
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John J. Shea is visiting associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Boston College. For over twenty years, he taught psychology and pastoral counseling at Fordham University. Shea has lectured in the USA, Australia, India, Ireland, and Canada on the areas of psychology of religon, pastoral counseling, and life span development. He has written two books and is the author of numerous articles.

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