Rev. Galen Guengerich, the charismatic, brilliant leader of one of the nation's most prominent Unitarian congregations, All Souls Church, shares with readers his wisdom on how to lead a spiritual life through the practice of gratitude. When Guengerich was in his mid-twenties, he left the Conservative Mennonite Church, the faith of his upbringing. He was scared, but he needed to set out to find the way of life that was right for him. For Guengerich, transcendence is not limited to an experience of God but can be reached through gratitude's ability to take us beyond ourselves and create connection to others and the universe. Through his personal story, poems that resonate with his spiritual message, and guided spiritual practices, including "gratitude goals," this book helps readers discover how the way of gratitude can make them happier and healthier, and provide a new sense of belonging not only to the universe as a whole but also to themselves.
Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich is senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church, an historic congregation located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary and earned a PhD in theology at the University of Chicago. His sermon at All Souls on the Sunday after 9/11, "The Shaking of Foundations," was selected as one of seven responses to 9/11, along with speeches by President Bush, Governor Pataki, and Mayor Giuliani, for Representative American Speeches 2001-2002. He is the author of God Revised- How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
"What a timely book for our disconnected times! Galen Guengerich's wise and tender words about belonging, connection, and gratitude are like keys to unlock our hearts, give us courage, and call us into the kind of relationships and community we are all longing for."--Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder, Omega Institute, and bestselling author of Broken Open, Marrow, and Cassandra Speaks
"Galen Guengerich's own journey of faith, from Conservative Mennonite to a leading voice of America's most open-minded religion, is fascinating, and the wisdom he shares in this wonderful book is essential for anyone searching for a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. Follow these simple gratitude principles and practices and you will find yourself feeling a little more connected, alive, and joyful every day."--Elisabeth Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
"A lovely, wise, heartfelt book, with stories like prayers."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
"Guengerich (God Revised), senior minister at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York, speaks to 'spiritual but not religious' readers seeking meaning, joy, and transcendence, in this well-reasoned manifesto for a spirituality based on gratitude. . . . For Guengerich, 'the longing for a comprehensive sense of meaning and a deep sense of purpose . . . remains unmet by secularism.' To fill this gap, he proposes that gratitude can provide connections, create beauty, and maximize human dignity. . . . At the end, he follows his more abstract considerations with concrete suggestions for meditation and fasting. This deceptively simple work will appeal to spiritual explorers of any stripe."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)