Looking in the Distance: The Human Search for Meaning

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House of Anansi Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Life - 240 pages
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We seek spiritual guidance as much now as ever before, yet organized religion seems increasingly out of touch with our lives. Looking in the Distance offers as good, and as liberating, a guide to living as you will find.Richard Holloway celebrates the possibilities life affords while examining how doubts and fears too often paralyze people, especially as they grow older. This highly personal and meditative work will inspire and help us to better understand different ways of approaching the human search for wholeness and healing.Along the way, Holloway peppers his lively prose with favourite phrases and passages from writers as diverse as Philip Larkin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Donna Tartt. The result is a brilliantly argued thesis that is both challenging and empowering. In the manner of Alain de Boton's best work, Looking in the Distance is accessible, funny, serious, hopeful, and heartfelt a book that will change your life.

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User Review  - PeterBrunning - LibraryThing

Explores human spirituality, with or without religion or God. In four parts: looking, speaking, listening and leaving; covers philosophy, psychology, ethics and ending - of traditions and life. Very readable and thought-provoking, well referenced and illustrated with poetry. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

One of the most outspoken and best-loved figures in the modern church, Richard Holloway recently stood down as the Bishop of Edinburgh and Gresham Professor of Divinity but remains a Fellow of the Royal Society. His previous books include Godless Morality, On Forgiveness,and Doubts and Loves. He lives in Scotland.

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