Posted by: irenesroth | April 8, 2014

Book Review “Reaching for the Existence of God”

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Theodor Bardas

Reaching for the Existence of God is an important book for our times because it seems that we are all searching for something—we just don’t know what it is. So, we shop incessantly and yet we are still unhappy. Theodor Bardas believes that we should not look to things in the material world for our happiness but instead we should turn inside to our spirituality.

Our superficial culture of consumerism is also shaped by the media which heightens the necessity for instanteous happiness. However, as Bardas argues that although wealth can buy power, control and social standing but it can never bring happiness, love and peace. We need loftier goals that transcend the material world to achieve true happiness. To do this we need to slow down and examine our true purpose and meaning in life through higher principles of spiritual growth.

According to Bardas, we should change our self-centered, egoistic, and consumerist ways which are the part of our modern society. Instead, love, understanding, compassion, wisdom, and peace of mind should become the cornerstones of our behaviour. But to makes these virtues cornerstones of our behaviour will require that we turn away from the evil of the world and all the materialism and consumerism which seems to focus on achieving happiness from the outside.

Bardas’ book will help the reader to rekindle this need for spiritual nourishment and development. He will awaken our need for God and how we can attain love, peace and happiness by seeking purposeful goals which are sought through God and the spiritual life. Billions of people in the world are seeking God through many different religions and denominations. They are all seeking to live according to a solid foundation and rock. This foundation is available to all of us. All we have to do is to reach for God.

This book will be enjoyed by historians, philosophers, and psychologists who are interested in religion, purpose, and meaning that transcend the material world. The book is theoretical in places but it is worth pondering and reflecting on because of its important message for all of us. We can’t afford not to read this all-important book.

Being a philosopher interested in the psychology of meaning and flourishing, I truly enjoyed reading this book. Thank you Theodor for such a wonderful book!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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