“With its clarion call that spirituality is central to activism, this is truly a book for our age, challenging the preconceptions of most activists, let alone those who still see spirituality solely as ‘an inner journey."
“This book itself is a spiritual journey, with a grounding in psychology, history and theology. It helps us to explore how we can bring our deepest values into action at this crucial time for the world!”
“The word brilliant is overused, but it genuinely applies to Spiritual Activism. No other book brings together social change theory with insights from psychology and spirituality like this book does.”
“This is a refreshing and heartening book. It inspires positive action with a rich and skilful integration of spiritual philosophies, psychology and case studies of great activists.”
“Can we somehow manage to act both rightly and effectively? McIntosh and Carmichael have carefully studied the obstacles that have always made this look so hard. Their careful, sober reasoning and their case studies, reveal a map that leads the right way.”
“For any of us who find that the spiritual moment flows from the practical, that prayer (or song, or silence) refreshes on the knife-edge of activism, this book will be an invaluable resource and inspiration. It addresses questions of power, leadership and accountability with honesty, insight and wisdom, and speaks with humanity and humour on the importance of community in human development.”
“Ever since the first Gulf War in 1991, Alastair McIntosh has stood in solidarity with our community to strengthen interfaith relationships. I warmly welcome the recognition in Spiritual Activism that true Islam can contribute to human rights, justice and peace for all in today’s world.”
"Nuclear disarmament, as this thoughtful book suggests, is more than a matter of dismantling the weapons. We must also dismantle our minds and hearts to change our current ideas of true security.”
“We've tried to heal what ails us and our world with smartness, money, technology, economic growth, policy, and politics--all necessary and all insufficient. Having tried everything else, it is now time to add spirit exercised with discipline, going to the heart of the matter where wholeness, healing, and Holy converge. Highly recommended.”
“The perilous path we tread is littered with burnt out, sold out, freaked out activists. If we wish to engage effectively and for the long run in this world full of wounds, for our efforts for Earth and Justice to be truly sustainable, it behoves us to take great care of our psychological and spiritual wellbeing. This book provides us with an important tool for the journey.”
“There is so so much that we activists can learn from religious faiths: about how to mobilise people, earn their commitment, and speak to their sacred values. From the spiritual traditions we can learn how to sustain ourselves in the long struggle. So, to my fellow activists, even the most sceptical, I insist read this excellent book and learn some vital lessons from the most successful and longest lasting social movements in history.”
"This is a book with a deep river of wisdom running through it; I know that I will be returning to it often.
These are difficult times and to make sense of them a deeper connection to the earth and to each other is
essential. Or, as the authors put it: ‘This is indeed a terrible time to be advocating spiritual activism. That’s
why the time is right.’'
“The great unspoken in Western political life is the loss of our culture sense’s of the sacred. Many people who work to change our politics or economics come to realise the deeper, spiritual underpinnings of their work, yet don’t know how to articulate it, even to themselves. This book offers a brave, bold and very timely guide to doing just that. If you think you want to change the world, you need to read it.”