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Emerging Heart: Global Spirituality and the Sacred.

Emerging Heart: Global Spirituality and the Sacred. By Beverly Lanzetta. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007. 134 pages. Paper. $18.00.

One should not be fooled by the relatively brief number of pages in this book. While thin in the amount of shelf space it will consume, it is deep, rich and filled with content that exponentially expands beyond its physical size. Beverly Lanzetta probes the contemporary experience of a hunger for the spiritual that has appeared around the globe.

In fact, it is in part from a photograph of the earth spinning as a globe in the universe that she begins to lay out her thesis that we are in need of a global spirituality. Drawing from the work of philosopher Karl Jaspers, who described the span of time and formation of human consciousness around 800 B.C.E. as the 'Axial Age,' and the work of Ewert Cousins, who contends we are in the throes of a Second Axial Period, Lanzetta moves to describe the emerging global spiritual landscape of today.

For those whose curiosity raises wonderment at what the Spirit is up to in today's world, this book holds a nutritious feeding of insight, reflections, and hope. At the heart of this she makes a case for nonviolence, the feminine dimension of the Divine, and learning to live as a person of deeply experienced faith in a global community of many religious expressions. This is not a book for those content with life and spirituality as it is. It has the potential and energy to catapult one into an experience of an emerging heart and the on-going movements of the Spirit present as a global spirituality arises.

Ginger Anderson-Larson

Wartburg Theological Seminary

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