Dan Wakefield (Releasing the Creative Spirit) has retread some of the material which originally appeared in his book How Do We Know When It Is God for his columns on the Internet website Beliefnet.com. The author, who is writer-in-residence at Florida International University, has little tolerance for any brand of religion that narrowly prescribes proper or improper ways to be in the world at large.
In the opening pages, Wakefield spells out his disdain for all codes of spiritual correctness. He defends his right to get a face-lift, to drive a convertible, and to get a tattoo. Wakefield's feisty spirit refuses to conform to rigid standards whether set by conservatives who disapprove of yoga or by yoga-practicing vegetarians who look down their noses at steak eaters. The author gives plugs to his favorite health spa where he soothes his body and to Glastonbury Abbey where his soul is rejuvenated. Wakefield defends Prozac by saying: "I don't consider using such medicine as a sign of weakness or spiritual failure, but as a sign of a willingness to admit to a problem and pursue legitimate means to solve it."
By far the best part of this playful collection of random pieces are the profiles of spiritually incorrect saints including Dorothy Day, Reynolds Price, Ram Dass, Anne Sexton, and Henri Nouwen. Wakefield quotes Father Nicholas Morcone: "We must take God as he comes to each of us." One size does not fit all in the realm of spirituality.