Shelf 4: Spirituality and Religion

Growing up in a church that I remember as having emphasized fear rather than love–others who attended the same church remember it differently–I made a promise to myself early on that I’d never pretend to subscribe to religious beliefs for the sake of convenience.   As a result, I’ve spent most of my life on a spiritual quest that’s taken me back and forth between Asian religion and Christianity with side forays into Sufi, Yoruba and Native American religion.