Ph.D. student and alumnus Andrew Davis, M.A. ’13, and Dr. Philip Clayton partnered to put together How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs, a book featuring renowned spiritual leaders from across traditions – including our own John Cobb and Marjorie Suchocki! Other contributors include Deepak Chopra, Ilia Delio, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Matthew Fox, Rupert Sheldrake, Keith Ward, Loriliai Biernacki, and Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson.
Andrew says, “Working with Dr. Clayton on this project has been nothing short of inspirational. He remains a model advisor and mentor in ways both personal and professional. Our partnership in the emergence of this book in fact carries an irony. I found out only a few years ago during my M.A. at CST that our ‘history’ is strangely tangled. We are both from Santa Rosa and he attended the same high school as my mother. What is more, my grandmother was for a time his youth leader. More still: before my own existence dawned, he was in my home as a youngster thinking about faith, spirituality, and the cosmos already! Our collaboration on How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere seems rather fitting given this odd history.”
How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs is the first of its kind, featuring never-before-published accounts of the personal spiritual journeys and discoveries of several leading spiritual leaders, mystic-scientists, and philosopher-poets. According to the publisher, this book “captures for a general audience the spiritual shift away from a God ‘up there’ and ‘out there’ and towards an immanent divine right here.”
Author, speaker, activist, and public theologian Brian McLaren said of the book, “By the time I reached the second chapter of this unique book, I had started recommending it to others. By the time I reached the last chapter, I felt its deep impact on my own life. Such rich stories, such clear, insightful, and at times tender writing, with common themes arising spontaneously and enriching one another…this book takes the old Evangelical practice of ‘giving testimony’ and elevates it to a theological and philosophical practice.”
Andrew says, “Much can be gained from trailing the spiritual paths of those who have traveled ahead of us. The terrain they have navigated can offer insight into our own and the God they have discovered we may have never considered. This is one of the central themes radiating from the pages of our book. The spiritual terrain these leaders have crossed is vast and their paths are diverse. Nevertheless, one also finds them reflecting each other in significant ways. When seen together, these narratives offer valuable insights for our own spiritual journeys.”
Of the collaboration, Dr. Clayton shared, “This book project is a perfect case of faculty-student collaboration. I had come to appreciate Andrew’s intelligence and writing skills in several seminars, and we shared similar positions. When he proposed a book on the God-world relationship that would honor Marcus Borg, I jumped at the chance. Somehow to our surprise, we ended up with a collection of extremely well-known spiritual authors and one of the leading publishers on the spiritual life. Now we are hoping that the book will fully fund Andrew’s doctoral studies at CST!”