"In Flourishing Life: Now and in the Time to Come, Dr. Levy-Achtemeier well integrates her knowledge, skill, and wisdom from her previous career as a top-flight academic psychologist and professor with her current career as an Episcopal priest, beautifully blending evidence-based research with pastoral and theological understanding. Very few books of this nature do this well and the reader will be grateful for this important, well-written, page-turning, and compelling contribution in their efforts to flourish both now and in the time to come."
--Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Psychology and Director of the Spirituality and Health Institute, Santa Clara University
Author of Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy: Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health (2009)
"Some eighteen hundred years ago, Irenaeus wrote that God's glory is a human being fully alive. What might this path of human flourishing look like? Sandra Levy-Achtemeier illuminates its character while orienting us to the journey and encouraging us along the way. Drawing on diverse resources--the biblical and theological traditions as well as the neurosciences and positive psychology--she emphasizes the formative significance of our embodied lives, animated in churches oriented to God's kingdom and sculpted through characteristic practices. Take this book to a quiet place with a cup of coffee or tea, and find here the practical wisdom for which we hunger."
--Joel B. Green
Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies and Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary
Author of Practicing Theological Interpretation (2012)
"Ancient wisdom and contemporary science agree about what it takes to find happiness despite life's inevitable difficulties. But they speak such different languages that it's not easy to see how dramatically the evidence converges. The Flourishing Life cuts through the jargon to offer a wisdom that felt to me like that first breath of spring air after a long hard winter. Here's what it takes to find the good life."
--Catherine M. Wallace, PhD
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Author of Motherhood in the Balance: Children, Career, God, and Me (2001)
"With flair and refreshing clarity Sandra Levy-Achtemeier encourages readers to create coherence in their own lives. A compelling combination of psychological study, theological teaching, and autobiographical revelation, this book shows how active worship, ritual, communion, service, and the recovery of the doctrine of the resurrection of the body can lead to well-lived lives. This is original and joyful writing, convincing in its assertion of the hope of the resurrection."
--Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner
Professor of English and Dean of Humanities and Theological Studies, Wheaton College
Editor of Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature (2012)