Hungers of the Heart

Original Price: $14.95

Hungers of the Heart is written especially for persons who tend to be “turned off” by organized religion, but want to develop a deeper personal spiritual life. It invites the reader to think through such questions as: How do I find personal meaning for my life? What makes for satisfying relationships with others? How can we create a more just and peaceable society? What sense can I make of religion in an age dominated by science? What does it mean to have a relationship with God or the Sacred?

Hungers of the Heart is conversational and reader-friendly. The author avoids dogma and religious jargon, instead inviting the reader to a journey of personal reflection. The “spiritual map” offered in this book is rooted in reason and at home with science, while at the same time being grounded in the authentic core of the world’s great religious traditions. For many, it will provide a sturdy bridge between ancient wisdom and contemporary knowledge.

Review & Commentary

One thought on “Hungers of the Heart

  1. Review

    Richard Watts is not a well known scholar. In fact I don’t think he would consider himself a scholar at all. Like many people in his situation who have something to say, he is self-published with no marketing budget to sell his book. I must confess, I have had the book on my shelf for nearly a year. A couple of months ago I pulled it out of the book pile I label, “I will read it, when I get a chance” and of course, it seems I never got a chance. One day when I was on my way to a speaking engagement, I threw the book into my brief case as an afterthought. And just before the plane landed I pulled it out and started reading. I thought I would check it out and that would be it. However, I read it on the rest of the plane trip, in the taxi, that night into the wee hours in my hotel room and finished the concise book, the next night. I have read the book twice now and realized at some point that we never ran a serious review of the book. I am sorry for that.

    This book is a big picture treatise. Watts is not concerned with nuance of a biblical text or whether Jesus was God, the messiah or was married, for that matter. But he is concerned with much larger issues and I assure you that once you start reading you will not want to put the book down. He wants you to look both outward and inward deeper than we usually go and let the silly arguments about religion dissolve. In the first chapter, his imaginational tour of the cosmos, in just two paragraphs, is worth the price of the book. He would like to see you become more comfortable in the cosmos, the title of that chapter. In fact he considers the desire to be comfortable in the cosmos as one of our natural hungers. My experience in reading this book was almost like a magical mystery tour, without drugs.

    His second chapter deals with a natural hunger to be a real person, or authentic person. “Are you comfortable with yourself,” he asks. He also challenges us to recover awe as part of our daily lives. Don’t confuse this book with a pop psych or self help book. This is about creating an authentic spirituality for the twenty first century, “rooted in reason and contemporary knowledge.” If that is of any interest to you, then I suspect you are going to have the same positive reaction to this book as I did. I hope you take advantage of that.

    At the end of the book there are discussion questions for each chapter. This book would be wonderful for small group discussions. I suspect the participants in such a group would discover the foundations for a new spirituality and might find themselves a lot closer to each other in the process.

or, use the form below to post a comment or a review!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>