My Year of Living Spiritually: From Woo-Woo to Wonderful--One Woman's Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life
Published by: Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Imprint: Douglas & McIntyre
Published: October 2019
Imprint: Douglas & McIntyre
Page Count: 256 Pages
Dimensions: 2.00 x 9.00
256 Pages, 2.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in
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Part seeker’s memoir, part spiritual travelogue, this is a book for anyone looking to uncover—or recover—their spiritual self.
Winner of two Hamilton Literary Awards!
In 2017, Anne Bokma embarked on a quest to become a more spiritual person. After leaving the fundamentalist religion of her youth, she became one of the eighty million North Americans who consider themselves spiritual-but-not-religious, the fastest growing “faith” category.
In mid-life she found herself addicted to busyness, drinking too much, hooked on social media, dreading the empty nest and still struggling with alienation from her ultra-religious family. In response, she set out on a year-long whirlwind adventure to immerse herself in a variety of sacred practices—each of which proved to be illuminating in unexpected ways—to try to develop her own definition of what it means to be spiritual.
In My Year of Living Spiritually, Bokma documents a diverse range of soulful first-person experiences—from taking a dip in Thoreau’s Walden Pond, to trying magic mushrooms for the first time, booking herself into a remote treehouse as an experiment in solitude, singing in a deathbed choir and enrolling in a week-long witch camp—in an entertaining and enlightening way that will compel readers (non-believers and believers alike) to try a few spiritual practices of their own. Along the way, she reconsiders key relationships in her life and begins to experience the greater depth of meaning, connection, gratitude, simplicity and inner peace that we all long for. Readers will find it an inspiring roadmap for their own spiritual journeys.
"For everyone who has ever wanted to explore the many avenues to spirituality, Anne Bokma leads the way with empathy, wisdom, and an open heart and mind."Diane Schoemperlen, author of This is Not My Life and Our Lady of the Lost and Found
"Perceptive, clever, and honest, this is a book for the time, and bridges the gap between faith and doubt, religion and secularism. A welcome addition to the contemporary discussion around spirituality."Michael Coren, columnist and author of Reclaiming Faith
"If seeking and questioning draws the soul to maturity, then we should all embark on the type of illuminating, and at times hilarious, journey that Bokma writes about so sensitively and honestly."Jane Christmas, author of And Then There Were Nuns and What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim
"My Year of Living Spiritually is an engaging, entertaining, well-researched romp through the many variations of non-religious spiritual practice. Anyone who's curious about this growing trend in the Zeitgeist will find food for thought and a wealth of information here, along with Bokma's own intriguing story."Martha Beck, New York Times Bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star
"...a brave work that points to life’s inherent value, and our calling to connect with ourselves, each other and the world around us.”Brent van Staalduinen, author of Boy and Saints, Unexpected
"Bokma invites us along on her yearlong quest for truth, beauty and joy. Reading this book was like watching a flower opening. I learned from her journey."Mary Pipher, author of New York Times Bestsellers Women Rowing North and Reviving Ophelia
"Grounded in a serious story of love and estrangement, My Year of Living Spiritually is compulsively readable, a gregarious account of one woman’s search for meaning."Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
"…a candid, fearless odyssey of the heart and soul.”Rona Maynard, author of My Mother's Daughter and former Editor of Chatelaine
“What begins as a light-hearted quest becomes a tenderly beautiful and insightful search for connection in a fractured world."Alison Wearing, author of Honeymoon in Purdah and Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter
“…fearless and honest, never settling for easy answers. Bokma gives us a model for how to seek a more authentic and grounded spiritual life with curiosity, openness, and passion.”Lori Erickson, author of Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper
“Anne Bokma’s tour through the garden of spiritual delights is earthy and entertaining, grounded and informative….It’s all about the journey, and it’s all good.”John Terpstra, poet and author of Skin Boat: Acts of Faith and Other Navigations
"...more wonderful than woo woo, you won’t want to put it down. A moving and inspiring read!”Kelly Watt, author of Camino Meditations
"If you liked Eat, Pray, Love, you will go wild for My Year of Living Spiritually. Bokma’s adventures...will leave you enriched, enlightened and invigorated!"Tracey Erin Smith, founder of SOULO Theatre
"Reading this book is a spiritual journey in itself...full of knowing laughs, tears, 'aha' moments and an invitation to a life more truly and deeply lived."Kimberly Carroll, coach for Changemakers
“...poignant and compelling.” - Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator, October 2019Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator
- HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL LITERARY AWARDS: Non-Fiction
- HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL LITERARY AWARDS: The Kerry Schooley Book Award