A book for the Occupy Wall Street Age and beyond
What happens to an American shaped by a commercial culture that is imploding? Does the intersection of commercialism and religion cause pain or provide relief when reality meets belief?
Pastoral financial therapist Pamela Ayo Yetunde addresses these timely concerns in Vigil: Spiritual Reflections on Your Money and Sanity (Marabella Books, $14.95), a collection of essays from a variety of religious and spiritual perspectives. Yetunde, a former financial consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the author of the popular books Beyond 40 Acres and Another Pair of Shoes and The Inheritance. The inside art was created by Holy Names University’s Director of Campus Ministry, Carrie Rehak.
Yetunde said she began writing Vigil about a year before Occupy Wall Street emerged, “When working people began losing their homes by the thousands, with no real relief in sight, and with the political discourse in America taking a turn for the worse, including the shooting of a judge and a U.S. representative, I knew we needed a national vigil to take time and seriously reflect on the state of our country and the well-being of our neighbors. I wondered whether one’s spirituality could help in a national, even international economic crisis that is beyond any one person’s control. Adding Carrie’s art brings beauty to a subject that is difficult for some.”
Vigil covers a range of wisdom teachings from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. In Vigil, readers will learn how to meditate to ease their anxieties, and through The Book of Job, how to understand the nature of depression, anxiety, and healing.
Pamela Ayo Yetunde works as a resident pastoral counselor in Decatur, GA. She earned a M.A. in Culture and Spirituality at the Sophia Center at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA and is earning a doctorate in pastoral counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary. She keeps a blog at www.boundlesshearts.wordpress.com and can be contacted at email@example.com.
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