'Spiritual Masterpiece' Named Book Award Finalist

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Sankara Saranam’s groundbreaking book, God Without Religion, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine 2005 Book of the Year Awards. Also winner of the USA Book News Best Books 2005 Spirituality award, God Without Religion, hailed as a “spiritual masterpiece,” is fast gaining recognition as a classic text addressing today’s pressing spiritual concerns.

The groundbreaking book God Without Religion: Questioning Centuries of Accepted Truths by Sankara Saranam, with a foreword by Arun Gandhi, has been selected as a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s 2005 Book of the Year Awards. http://www.godwithoutreligion.com

ForeWord’s Book of the Year awards, targeted to small presses, are respected by librarians, booksellers, and publishers nationwide. God Without Religion was chosen as a finalist from 1,540 book submissions in 55 categories. “Over the years ForeWord has had the distinct honor of acknowledging and recognizing excellence in publishing from independent presses,” claims the magazine’s website. “This year, the seventh annual, was no exception.” http://www.godwithoutreligion.com

God Without Religion offers a much-needed bridge from dogmatic belief systems to progressive spirituality, providing seventeen techniques to help readers develop a direct understanding of God. Hailed as a “spiritual masterpiece,” singer Melissa Etheridge named it her “favorite book” in October’s Organic Style magazine. Also in October, God Without Religion won the USA Book News Best Books 2005 Spirituality award. http://www.godwithoutreligion.com

God Without Religion has reached Americans at a crucial time. While religious beliefs continue to cause divisiveness at home and war overseas, Americans are getting fed up with organized religion and are actively seeking new ways to worship. “People are tired of the hypocrisy inherent in centralized religious authority,” says Saranam. “It's impossible to ignore because headlines are filled with it. For example, last week a group of lay Catholics in favor of reform called for top bishops to step down in light of sexual misconduct, while at the same time the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops rejected a request made by 55 House Democrats for room to disagree on the issue of abortion. Side by side, these events reveal the fundamental failure of organized religion's ethics: they repeatedly determine absolute right and wrong for behaviors without any appreciation for the social consequences. It is time for a return to the concept of God as the substance of self-awareness underlying everything. When God is recognized not as a punitive being outside ourselves but as an expansive inner sense of self, we automatically develop an all-inclusive spirituality that leaves no room for exclusiveness, moralizing, or a holier-than-thou attitude.”

Saranam, an ascetic, mystic, scholar, and teacher, is founder of The Pranayama Institute. A sought-after workshop leader and interview subject, he recently toured India to promote his book. For more information about his speaking engagements and teachings, please visit http://www.godwithoutreligion.com or http://www.pranayama.org.

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Hillary Welles, Publishing Coordinator

The Pranayama Institute

http://www.godwithoutreligion.com

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