Making Peace with the Universe Personal Crisis and Spiritual Healing by Michael Scott Alexander
Struggling with his own emotional crises and on the brink of divorce, Alexander decided to look at how some famous people had turned to religion for therapy. He wanted to find the path of joy rather than the path of pleasure which leads to unhappiness in the end. This is the 'peace beyond understanding' that the heroine wanted to find in Somerset Maugham's The Purple Veil.
He discusses the spiritual crises of such people as Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Qiu Chujiand Mary Lou Williams, and how they found their way out of them and found solace. Mary Lou Williams's story was especially moving, I thought, because she had to make such an effort to move out of her breakdown, and she achieved so much in the end.
This is a helpful and inspiring book, especially during these challenging times.
I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.