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Faith Beyond Belief: Good People Who Left Their Church

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Margaret Placentra Johnston, author of Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind

Faith Beyond Belief gives a much-needed voice to the “good” people who have left their church but whose spirituality continues to mature.  Margaret uses first-person stories as well as known spiritual authorities in describing various stages of religious growth.  Some of these real-life accounts are by nonbelievers; others are by those among the growing numbers of the “spiritual but not religious.”  All are thoughtful people with too much integrity to live what they consider a lie.

The stories of the nonbelievers-including an ex-Catholic, a former Mormon, and a clandestine Muslim apostate who left his community after the attacks of 9/11-show how complete confidence in human reason can lead away from literal religious interpretation.

A practicing optometrist, she has been helping people see better in the physical world for the last thirty years.  Now she writes to help people see more clearly in other ways. 

Captivated by the depth and beauty of the universal worldview described by various spiritual development theorists, Margaret found ten regular, real life people whose stories could show us steps on the way to that worldview.  Her book, Faith Beyond Belief, is the result of that search. 

For more information visit: http://www.faithbeyondbelief-book.com/

Margaret 's blog can be found at Patheos: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithbeyondbelief/