Explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose
Product Code: 8422
ISBN: 9780062881816
Format: Hardback
Publisher: HarperOne
Pages: 224
Published Date: 06/23/2020
Availability:In stock
Price: $26.99

Casper ter Kuile explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices - yoga, reading, walking the dog - into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose - a message we need more than ever for our spiritual and emotional well-being in the age of COVID-19.

“After half a decade of research and hundreds of conversations with people around the country, I am convinced we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. That what used to hold us in community no longer works, and that the spiritual offerings of yesteryear no longer help us thrive.” - Casper ter Kuile

What do Soul Cycle, gratitude journals, and tech breaks have in common? For ter Kuile they offer rituals that create the foundation for our modern spiritual lives.

We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left too many of us - no matter our ages - feeling isolated and bereft of purpose. Previous frameworks for building community and finding meaning no longer support us. Yet ter Kuile reveals a hopeful new message: we might not be religious, but that doesn’t mean we are any less spiritual.

Instead, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in which we seek belonging and meaning in secular practices. Today, we find connection in:

CrossFit and SoulCycle, which offer a sense of belonging rooted in accountability and support much like church groups
Harry Potter and other beloved books that offer universal lessons
Gratitude journals, which have replaced traditional prayer
Tech breaks, which provide mindful moments of calm

In The Power of Ritual, ter Kuile invites us to deepen these ordinary practices as intentional rituals that nurture connection and wellbeing. With wisdom and endearing wit, ter Kuile’s call for ritual is ultimately a call to heal our loss of connection to ourselves, to others, and to our spiritual identities.

The Power of Ritual reminds us that what we already do every day matters - and has the potential to become a powerful experience of reflection, sanctuary, and meaning.

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Preface by Dacher Keltner

1 Connecting with Self
2 Connecting with Others
3 Connecting with Nature
4 Connecting with Transcendence
5 Already Connected


“Casper so perfectly captures the power of ritual in this very research-based, thought-provoking book. Ritual is an integral part of architecting community and he thoroughly shares so many important examples of just how to integrate it in everyday life and in creating community. A must-read for any leader.” - Radha Agrawal, Co-Founder and CEO of Daybreaker and author of Belong

"Learn how to spot sacred practices in everyday life." -NPR's All Things Considered

“Casper ter Kuile's book is genuinely wise and utterly useful: it offers you the opportunity to remake your life in small but vital ways that will leave you happier, calmer, and more able to do the work that must be done on this planet. A classic the day it is published!” - Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont

"Ter Kuile’s book explores how we can find meaning and well-being in our daily rituals (sitting down for dinner with family, morning yoga) and in adopting new ones." - The Boston Globe

"Casper ter Kuile continues to have his pulse on this generation's search for meaning. Building on the incredible work of How We Gather, The Power of Ritual offers a radical proposition: we decide what's sacred." - Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering

"A thoughtful debut. Those who are beginning to explore spirituality will find many rich ideas." - Publishers Weekly

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