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The Power of Ritual

Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices

Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we nourish our souls by transforming everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into sacred rituals that heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find "purpose"—a message we need more than ever for our spiritual and emotional well-being in the age of 2020.


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If you enjoyed Together, then you’ll love The Power of Ritual.

“I just finished listening to this one and will soon be reading it with a stack of post-it notes in hand!”

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"After half a decade of research and hundreds of conversations with people around the country, I am convinced we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. That what used to hold us in community no longer works, and that the spiritual offerings of yesteryear no longer help us thrive.”–Casper ter Kuile

What do Soul Cycle, gratitude journals, and tech breaks have in common? For ter Kuile they offer rituals that create the foundation for our modern spiritual lives.

We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left too many of us—no matter our ages—feeling isolated and bereft of purpose. Previous frameworks for building community and finding meaning no longer support us. Yet ter Kuile reveals a hopeful new message: we might not be religious, but that doesn’t mean we are any less spiritual.

Instead, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in which we seek belonging and meaning in secular practices.

In The Power of Ritual, ter Kuile invites us to deepen these ordinary practices as intentional rituals that nurture connection and well-being. With wisdom and endearing wit, ter Kuile’s call for ritual is ultimately a call to heal our loss of connection to ourselves, to others, and to our spiritual identities.

The Power of Ritual reminds us that what we already do every day matters—and has the potential to become a powerful experience of reflection, sanctuary, and meaning.

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“Casper ter Kuile continues to have his pulse on this generation's search for meaning. Building on the incredible work of How We Gather, The Power of Ritual offers a radical proposition: we decide what's sacred. ”

Priya Parker , Author of The Art of Gathering

“If you are passionate about community building or simply seeking what feels good in life and how to get more of it...consider this book your new bible. ”

Cleo Wade , Author of Heart Talk and Where to Begin

“The Power of Ritual is essential reading for anyone interested in how to find meaning in our strange, new world. Bursting with wisdom and compassion, this is the rare book that really might change your life. It has certainly changed mine. ”

John Green, Author of The Fault in Our Stars.

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About the author


Casper ter Kuile is the co-host of the award-winning podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, co-founder of startup Sacred Design Lab, and former Director of Possibility at the On Being Impact Lab. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Vice, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post and on PBS. He is the co-author of seminal paper, How We Gather, and has presented his research at venues like the Aspen Ideas Festival, Institute for the Future, and Cannes Lions Festival.


Reviews

“Ter Kuile’s book explores how we can find meaning and well-being in our daily rituals (sitting down for dinner with family, morning yoga) and in adopting new ones.”

The Boston Globe

“As we reimagine our relationships, with self, one another and nature, The Power of Ritual provides deep insight into traditions both new and old. Brilliant. ”

Elizabeth Cutler , Co-Founder of Soul Cycle

“A thoughtful debut. Those who are beginning to explore spirituality will find many rich ideas. ”

Publishers Weekly

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