"I know of no more faithful introduction to William James' The Varieties of Religious Experience than Donald Capps' The Religious Life. Situating James at center stage, Capps infiltrates every page with a lifetime of scholarship in the psychology of religion and a palpable appreciation for James' life and work. Seekers will find renewed encouragement in their spiritual quests, imbibing in the generosity of spirit and hopeful imagination that James and Capps share."
--Robert C. Dykstra, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
"The Religious Life is a remarkable scholarly achievement, and a richly textured exploration of the profoundly personal and contextual dimensions of James' The Varieties of Religious Experience. Capps . . . provides readers with insights into the creation of James' stunning book, and a nuanced commentary on James' study of human nature and religion."
--Lewis R. Rambo, Senior Research Professor of Psychology and Religion, San Francisco Theological Seminary
"In this elegant and expert commentary . . . Capps heralds and develops James' view that human beings live with a deep-seated capacity for hope tethered to their religious sensibilities. In doing so, Capps demonstrates deftly James' lasting importance for those drawn to living with generous religion and spirituality that feeds hope, and those who wish to be."
--Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
"Donald Capps has written a beautiful text . . . with the same kind of insight and intuition that he culls from James. In the same manner that Varieties has become a classic text in religious studies, Capps' volume will surely become a classic in its own right. The contemporary reader is provided with an opportunity to consider what it means to live a religious or spiritual life."
--Carol Schweitzer, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care, Union Presbyterian Seminary