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  Distilled Spirits is an intoxicating concoction that blends a religion reporter's memoir with the compelling stories of three men —Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, and Bill Wilson—whose work and inspiring friendship transformed the landscape of Western religion and spirituality in the twentieth century. Huxley, the prophetic English essayist and celebrated author of ...
This book is the story of how three brilliant scholars and one ambitious freshman crossed paths in the early sixties at a Harvard-sponsored psychedelic-drug research project, transforming their lives and American culture and launching the mind/body/spirit movement that inspired the explosion of yoga classes, organic produce, and alternative medicine. The four men came together in a...
Jesus Freaks
In January 2005, Ricky Rodriguez stabbed a woman to death and then fled the scene of the crime, finally shooting himself in the California desert. Rodriguez was a high-profile ex-member of the Children of God, also called the Family, a controversial hippie cult of the 1970s that had spiraled into aberrant sexual behaviors and other disconcerting practices. Rodriguez was seeking...
Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today
The sixties transformed America’s spiritual life. With his characteristic insight, wit, and dramatic reporting, renowned San Francisco Chronicle journalist Don Lattin takes the first comprehensive look at the spiritual legacy of that extraordinary time, viewed through the eyes of those who grew up at the center of some of the era’s wildest experimentation. The sixties brought an...
Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium
In Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium, Richard Cimino and Don Lattin identify the trends shaping American religion. They bring together the latest research with intimate portraits of Americans: their beliefs, their religious heritages, and their spiritual searching. From this emerges a fascinating landscape of religious life encompassing individual...