Susan Quinn The Deepest Spiritual Life

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The Deepest Spiritual Life

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THE DEEPEST SPIRITUAL LIFE: The Art of Combining Personal Spiritual Practice with Religious Community reveals that many mainstream religious communities are beginning to teach, guide and support their congregants in both developing individual meditative and prayer lives, as well as in following traditional religious practices within a communal context. Religious leaders, spiritual directors, meditation group leaders and congregants describe in this book how religious community and individual spiritual practices combine to enrich one's life with meaning, love, compassion and an intimate connection with the Divine. The voices of the many spiritual and religious leaders I interviewed add substance to the narrative. In THE DEEPEST SPIRITUAL LIFE, ideas and viewpoints are expressed in the words and beliefs of 27 individuals representing a wide variety of religious practices: Roman Catholic, United Methodist, Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Buddhist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Quaker, Judaism, Islam, Presbyterian, the Vedanta Society (Hindu) and Science of Mind.

In another approach, I weave my own experiences into the text, sharing my personal shortcomings, frustrations, challenges and successes. I've tried to share my own insights along with practical and empathetic counsel, and worked to communicate in a manner accessible not only to spiritual and religious practitioners but to any dedicated and inquisitive layperson who is open to the spiritual wealth of the journey.

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Susan Quinn was born and raised in the Jewish faith; for over ten years she has also practiced Zen Buddhism. Susan is a member of the Three Treasures Zen Community in San Diego, CA. She meets weekly with her community and attends intensive retreats three to four times per year. While Susan pursues koan practice in her Buddhist training, she also works on deepening her spiritual life by nurturing an intimate connection with the Divine through Jewish prayer, chanting and meditation.

Susan Quinn also has over 23 years of business and training experience. She has owned and operated her own training and consulting businesses for over 20 years. Her specialties are helping organizations and individuals deal with change, managing conflict, and facilitating team building and problem-solving workshops. Her clients include financial institutions, engineering companies, professional organizations, government entities, hospitals, cable firms, high technology, telecommunications and non-profit organizations.

Review:

A warm, wise book, generous in its insights and replete with illuminating vignettes from a wide variety of spiritual traditions. -- Pravrajika Vrajaprana, Vedanta Society of Southern California

Susan Quinn's practical and empathetic counsel will be helpful to anyone considering developing their spiritual journey.-- -- The Right Reverend Frederick H. Borsch, Bishop of the Episcopal Church

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