Something Rich and Strange is an invaluable map for those who are on the journey of psychological healing and spiritual formation—and for those who guide them. The book charts the process of transformation—how we suffer a sea-change, as Shakespeare wrote in his great high comedy, The Tempest—and the result of that becoming—something rich and strange.

This is the hero’s journey, the adventure of becoming fully ourselves and fully alive. It takes place where the spiritual and psychological overlap in the depths of the psyche. As we explore the biblical stories of the Exodus and of Jesus’ death and resurrection, ideas from modern psychology, and the words of writers, poets, and ordinary people, we will discover that the path of the transformative journey is well traveled and available to us today. The book includes a foreword by Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, and chapter-by-chapter questions for group discussion or personal reflection.

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No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well. Say what you have to say not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.

Henry David Thoreau

All italicized quotations are from the Conclusion of Walden by Henry David Thoreau, written in 1854.