Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age
Hardcover – published June 21, 2016.
Thursday October 13 at 7PM
Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Meet “the Nones”—In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion.
From Katherine Ozment '90: I'm the author of Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age. My book began with a simple question from my young son—"What are we?"—that I couldn't answer. I shrugged and told him, "Nothing." The minute I said it, I knew I would have to find a better answer—for him, for myself, and for my family. So I set out to write a book that ended up changing my life.
Grace Without God is an exploration of secular America and what the rising tide of religious disaffiliation means for individuals, families, and communities. As more and more of us leave the faith traditions in which we were raised, where do we go to find our people, our rituals, and a true sense of meaning and purpose? I hope my book will spark respectful conversation among the religious and nonreligious alike about these urgent and timely questions.
Before writing Grace Without God, I was a freelance writer, editor, and writing instructor. One highlight of my career was working as a senior editor at National Geographic magazine where I once rode a donkey through the desert of Israel and Jordan to recreate an ancient copper route. I've also written articles and essays for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, National Geographic, Salon, Fitness, and Boston.
I was born in Arkansas and have lived on both coasts but now make my home in Chicago with my husband and our three children. On my website, www.katherineozment.com, I continue to explore this rich topic and share the stories of others like me who have left religion and found "grace without God."
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