Spirituality in the 21st Century, by Frank P. Daversa, is a contemporary rendering, with practical and insightful teaching about how to achieve a more fulfilling and spiritually enlightened life in our modern times. It is nicely written, fluid and easy to read. Although the author underscores his own religious perspective, he also presents a broader scope about all religions and teachings and emphasizes the important fundamental aspects in the achievement of inner peace and spiritual fulfillment. The book is laced with contemporary and past examples, real to most all of us, which help to animate and illustrate the points he makes. And moreover, it strikes a cord in the reader, as the author brings home the reality that materialism and materialistic success, the paradigm for happiness in our culture today, is not the important happiness that we take with us on our spiritual journey after this life. Noteworthy quotations from the book, which illustrate some of the material are:
“The purpose of religion is not to build beautiful churches and temples, but to cultivate positive human qualities such as tolerance, generosity, and love.”
“We are all human beings before we are Americans, Russians, Italians, Chinese, Catholics, Jews, etc. We can value these traits as long as we don’t define our totality in terms of them. Allow your compassion for your fellow humans to reach beyond national or religious labels and realize our underlying humanity.”
This is a book that can only expand one’s perspective and horizons. And considering the amount of mental bombardment that we are exposed to every day, through media, television and other advertising, regaling the virtues of making and spending more money, the simple and practical approach to inner happiness, as extolled in this book, are worth the two hours it will take you to read it.