Book Release: Beyond Well-Being: Spirituality and Human Flourishing, edited by Wesley Institute’s Dr Maureen Miner and Dr Martin Dowson
Wesley Institute’s Director of Research, Dr Maureen Miner and Academic Director, Dr Martin Dowson, along with Dr Stuart Devenish (Booth College), have edited the recently published book, Beyond Well-Being: Spirituality and Human Flourishing, with Dr Miner leading the collaborative effort.
The book comprises chapters by academics and practitioners from disciplines of the social sciences, psychiatry, theology and philosophy, centred on the theme of human flourishing in relation to Christian spirituality.
“This volume arose out of a deep concern to assist people in their struggle to lead a flourishing life,” said Dr Miner. “Fractured, stressed, relationally broken and spiritually empty people may instinctively reach for the supposed panacea of happiness. But happiness is often a transitory state. More stable and worthwhile than the pursuit of happiness is leading a flourishing life. But what is flourishing? Is spirituality necessary for human flourishing and, if so, in what ways might spirituality provide a unique and important contribution to flourishing? The volume provides complementary yet diverse accounts of human flourishing.”
In a review by Dr Philip Rolnick, University of St Thomas, Minnesota, he praises the effort, saying “This is an anthology with a vision…The writing is crisp and clear. It serves up its professional research, which is very informative, in ways that non-professionals can readily understand…In richness of diversity, each of the researchers takes a different approach to the thematic question of how spirituality affects human flourishing. From psychological attachment theory, to problems of suffering, to mentoring, to distinctly theological notions, this volume is a new benchmark.”
If you are interested in obtaining a copy, the book may be purchased online.
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