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The spiritual tourist : a personal odyssey through the outer reaches of belief
Brown, Mick, 1950-
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New York : Bloomsbury, 1998.
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310 pages ; 25 cm
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BL53 .B81 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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On a pilgrimage to see the Dalai Lama in the foothills of the Himalayas; blissed out in Germany with a beautiful Indian girl, believed to be "the Divine Mother"; witnessing miracles in the ashram of Sai Baba; and searching for the Messiah in the back streets of London- the spiritual tourist is the Candide of the age, on a voyage of inner search and illumination. The spiritual quest- a yearning for a sense of the sacred - has become a leitmotif of 20th- century life as we head for the Millennium. In his vivid, interrogative and highly entertaining book, Mick Brown joins the holy, the lost, the wise and the foolish on the highways and backroads of spiritual tourism.

In India he encounters the miracle-working Sai Baba, and discusses reincarnation with the world's most revered spiritual figure, the Dalai Lama. In a tiny backwoods church in Tennessee he examines the "crosses of light" which are held as evidence of Christ's imminent return to earth. Mick brown, a writer of passionate engagement, reports with candor, wit and clarity.

Author Notes

Mick Brown is the author of two previous books: Richard Branson, The Inside Story and American Heartbeat: Travels from Woodstock to San Jose by Song Title , which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Prize for best travel book in 1994. Born in London in 1950, he is a freelance journalist and broadcaster.

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Library Journal Review

Brown (Richard Branson: The Inside Story, Trafalgar Square, 1998) takes readers on a journey from teacher to teacher as he investigates spiritual practice around the world. He joins the lost, the wise, the foolish, and the holy along the way as he visits the Dalai Lama in the Himalayas and Mother Meera in Germany and wanders the back streets of London in search of the Messiah. Through his clear and wondrous stories, Brown openly explores the multiple meanings and expressions of spirituality in various cultures. Though he reaches no clear-cut decisions about his own faith, he shows that the journey is the thing. Filled with candid and witty research, this title will generate a lot of interest by word of mouth. An essential purchase for all public libraries.‘Leroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib. System, Inverness, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.