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The spiritual chicks question everything : learn to risk, release, and soar
Coyne, Tami.
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Boston ; York Beach, ME : Red Wheel/Weiser, [2002]

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204 pages ; 19 cm
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The Spiritual Chicks Question Everything is about overthrowing whatever holds us back from living the lives we want to live. Myths about how to be spiritual abound, and most of us have bought into at least a few of them, even if we're not aware of it. Tami Coyne and Karen Weissman help strip away the woo-woo, the no-no's, and the silly rules. With an outrageous and edgy look at the challenges they face in their own lives, the Spiritual Chicks share a no-holds-barred quest to know, feel, and apply universal goodness and authenticity to life.

In short lessons, posed as questions and juxtaposed against relevant passages from a surprising range of sources -- The Terminator, the Bible, Yogi Berra, the Peace Pilgrim, Clarence Darrow, Mahatma Gandhi -- pop culture, sacred scriptures from a variety of traditions, thinkers from around the world and throughout history -- the Spiritual Chicks take on topics like: Will God love me if I'm too fat? Do I need to suffer? How would I act if I were happy? Does electricity prove the existence of God? Is life a maximum security prison? Is there sex after death?

The Chicks pose the questions, throw out some ideas and stories, and invite us all to answer. They make learning to live honestly, and with conviction, fun, easy, and doable. After all, "The only qualification you need to become a spiritual person is the wherewithal to recognize that you already are one."

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Were this book a parody of chicken-soupish inspirational titles, it would be a scream. Unfortunately, it's not a parody. This self-styled girls' guide to spirituality is stuffed with familiar self-help pabulum. We determine our own happiness. "We're all spiritual beings, because we're all Spirit." Spirituality isn't limited to prayer and meditation; even flossing one's teeth can be spiritual. Coyne and Weissman structure the book around 60 questions, such as whether God loves fat people (a reassuring yes); how busy people can make time for being spiritual (since everything is spiritual, one doesn't need to set aside time for spirituality); and whether one need be a vegetarian or keep kosher. (Feel free to, but it won't help you reach nirvana since "we're already there.") Concerning the intriguing possibility of sex after death, the authors teach that since there is no death, the question is moot. Scattered among the 60 questions are first-person musings by Coyne and Weissman. We learn, for example, that anger is Coyne's "portal to enlightenment." It's hard to take these authors seriously on the first page, they explain that a Mallomar brought them together, and it's downhill from there. The tone is glib and irksome rather than friendly and hip. The best parts of the book are the insightful aphorisms sprinkled throughout, including provocative quotations from Pindar, Swedenborg, C. S. Lewis and Gloria Steinem. On the whole, however, this attempt at Ya-Ya-meets-Deepak falls flat. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved