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Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul

American Transcendentalism is often seen as a literary movement—a flowering of works written by New England intellectuals who retreated from society and lived in nature. In Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, Barry M. Andrews focuses on a neglected aspect of this well-known group, showing how American Transcendentalists developed rich spiritual practices to nurture their souls and discover the divine. The practices are common and simple—among them, keeping journals, contemplation, walking, reading, simple living, and conversation. In approachable and accessible prose, Andrews demonstrates how Transcendentalism's main thinkers, Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and others, pursued rich and rewarding spiritual lives that inspired them to fight for abolition, women's rights, and education reform. In detailing these everyday acts, Andrews uncovers a wealth of spiritual practices that could be particularly valuable today, to spiritual seekers and religious liberals.

About the Author

Barry M. Andrews, a retired minister, is author of several books, including Thoreau as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Walden for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion.

Review

"In this outstanding book, Barry Andrews explores the concrete, interrelated spiritual practices that were the vital source from which everything else about Transcendentalism—texts, ideas, and social action—flowed. These practices are eminently available to spiritual seekers today, both those who are connected to conventional forms of religiosity and those who are allergic to 'religion.'"—Dan McKanan, author of Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition
University of Massachusetts Press

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