cover image Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People

Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People

Polly Campbell. Viva Editions (PGW, dist.), $15.95 trade paper (312p) ISBN 978-1-936740-18-5

Even if we wanted to, most of us will never retreat to a Tibetan monastery or Indian ashram to cultivate a spiritual practice. The majority of us live ordinary lives, largely preoccupied with routine matters. The humorous and candid narrative in this book delivers lighthearted yet significant direction for integrating traditional spiritual techniques with the imperfections that characterize daily life. Campbell calls this “choosing a path of imperfection, [which] connects you more deeply with yourself and fills those chaotic, confusing, and stressful moments with possibility and meaning.” Compelling anecdotes from ordinary spiritual seekers and informative research help to illuminate this path of imperfect spirituality, which begins when we stop trying to hide our flaws and instead “pay attention to what’s going on: to what’s working and what’s not.” Practical tips for turning ordinary moments into opportunities for spiritual growth, many of which can be squeezed in while brushing your teeth or waiting for the bus, punctuate this clear and affable spiritual guide for the rest of us. Agents: Jennifer Lawler, Neil Salkind, Salkind Agency. (Nov.)