In the Middle of This Road We Call Our Life

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James Jones, a professor of religion and a practicing psychotherapist, shows that the crises we face in life, love, and work demand whole-life spiritual answers--"psychology is not enough."

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Leaving behind the plethora of New Agey authors, Jones proffers no comprehensive weltanschauung, no self-inventories, no mental exercises, no whiny testimonials of dead-end suffering relieved by surefire routes to redemption. Because of what he forbears to write, his championing of spirituality translates into a wise contemplation of what ails the inner lives of 35-year-old professionals, married, with two kids--a rough tag of the target readership. Such types tend to be, in Jones' presentation, susceptible to the precepts of rational modernity. They then feel isolation and meaninglessness and visit Jones for psychological succor. Their helper happens to be a college religion professor as well, who thinks connecting with the transcendent is as important as diagnosing any

emotional defect. Jones' thesis is that the modernist exaltation of personal autonomy over the self's need for community impedes the discovery of a purpose in life. Those in a seeking mode, as were the lawyer, eye-surgeon, and stockbroker who were among Jones' cases, might be curious about his advocacy of a merging of spirituality with psychology. Space ads and author tour should heighten this title's visibility. Gilbert Taylor

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The search for the intimacy that gives life meaning is a process involving both spiritual and psychological dimensions. Psychologist James Jones, professor of Religion at Rutgers University, explores the nexus of these two processes in the lives of ordinary men and women who want "something more" out of life. He challenges established orthodoxies within both fields, collapsing dichotomies that typically separate them and showing instead their interrelatedness in the search for meaning. This is a personalized exploration of how men and women are able to transcend the discontent of their lives, the "malaise of modernity," as Jones calls it, through psychological and spiritual transformation. Jones's conservative and commonsensical treatment of the topic is both a strength and a drawback. The book is readable, the ideas accessible and easily palatable, but, especially as one nears the end, they come dangerously near to blandness.
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