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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.

From multiple New York Times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

Title:Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1451636016
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages
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  • Dan Harris
    Mar 01, 2014

    This book is not out yet, but Sam was nice enough to let me read the galley. It's fascinating. It will surprise a lot of people to learn that this often acerbic atheist in fact has a deep history of m...

  • Chris
    Jan 29, 2014

    After enthusiastically starting this book, I gradually became annoyed, and eventually angry, as it slid on a downward slope to the end. This embarrassing work is far beneath what I would have expected...

  • Josh
    May 13, 2014

    This book is bound to ignite another firestorm in the skeptic community around the word "spirituality," but it really shouldn't. As Harris makes clear from the outset, his interests still lie squarely...

  • tall penguin
    Aug 30, 2014

    I have run the gamut in my life from fundamentalist religion to New Age spirituality. Once I settled into atheism and critical thinking, I became wary of meditation and all of the religious/spiritual ...

  • Kaj Sotala
    Oct 03, 2014

    A little disappointed with this one. Harris basically defines spirituality as the quest to see the ego and the self as illusions, and while that's certainly a worthy goal, it strikes me as a somewhat ...

  • Lance
    Jun 07, 2016

    Much of this was about becoming consciousness and not being distracted by thought, but most of the time I was thinking of other things....

  • Amanda
    Aug 19, 2014

    I received this book through a goodreads sweepstakes. It came in the mail a few days ago. I couldn't put it down after I opened it. All finished reading it within three days. I was baptized Catholic a...

  • Sara Alaee
    Jan 27, 2015

    It’s not long since I’ve first come across the word “spirituality”. I’ve mostly heard it from people who practice meditation. As a beginner I didn’t quite understand it. This book gave me ...

  • Mike Dobbins
    Jun 11, 2014

    This review concerns the MARKETING of the book, not the book. Serious ethical lapses are occurring in the marketing of this book. This is NOT a traditional spiritual book for "the millions of American...

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Jan 30, 2017

    "A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion" - sounds great. I feel spiritually stunted yet dread the involvement of religion.The book started out great, thoughts on the use of spirituality with some ac...