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A Guide for Spiritual Living
Rev. George L. McLaird
1663 Liberty Dr. Suite #300
Bloomington, IN 47403
9781475909968, $19.95, www.iuniverse.com
Living life for the long term is harder than many think. “A Guide for Spiritual Living” is a manual from Reverend George L. McLaird as he advises readers on how better live their lives and find their own spirit, and letting that spirit live and evolve as you do. For those seeking a brand of spirituality that cares not for what faith one calls their own, “A Guide for Spiritual Living” is a strongly recommended pick for life and living, not to be missed.
Helen Dumont, Reviewer
Rev. George McLaird’s A Guide for Spiritual Living will be a wonderful resource for any thoughtful person, and especially impactful for those in times of deep struggle and pain. He combines the practical wisdom from his many years of service with openness about his own journey that makes this workbook useful, enjoyable and refreshing. It really gives you a sense of this caring, compassionate man, and is a very encouraging book. Enjoy its helpfulness!
- David Bullard, PhD.
Clinical faculty of Medicine and Psychiatry, and Consultant, Symptom Management Service, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco
This is a wonderful book! The cover, the illustrations, the approach, the tone, and the content are all spot on. George McLaird has written a wonderful/delightful/funny/serious/irreverent/insightful/helpful book about how to grow spiritually. He could have called it A Life Manual for Growth and it would have been appropriately entitled as well. This is a book that I recommend to my patients, my friends, and to my family. This is the most positive and most humorous ‘serious’ book that I have ever read. If you are like the other 7 billion people on the earth, this book is an important one for you to read and use. George McLaird has a true gift for helping people see ways in which they can life happier, healthier, and better.
- G. Richard Smith, M.D.
Professor and Chair Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas
Rev. George McLaird lives a life of meditation, prayer, kindness, and gratitude not from an ashram, but down in the everyday world of mortgages, road rage, divorce, addiction, bruised egos and broken hearts. George is the best friend you always wished for, but thought you’d never find – never judging, always caring, but loving you enough to call you on your stuff. His genuine desire to be of service coupled with keen insight and wise counsel allow him to” soften the corners” of the sharp, hurtful and painful mistakes we all make, yet must examine if we intend to grow. Wise, generous, insightful, and compassionate, George makes everyone he meets feel important, valued and appreciated. I tell my friends he’s the Dali Lama in day clothes, a Will Rogers for the soul.
- Ann Mahony
Author Handwriting & Personality, How Graphology Reveals What Makes People Tick.
George McLaird’s Guide to Spiritual Living really facilitates ones journey out of addiction “sickness of the soul” and into recovery with practical, insight-oriented suggestions for participation. George facilitates the exploration of the journey for ones quest into their own Spiritual Solution within in the context-connection and belonging in recovery and in community.
- Brigitte L. Lank Ph.D. CSAT
Psychologist/ Clinical Consultant
This stuff is so good it makes my skin tingle to read it, not to mention widens my eyes a bit, and gives me an “ooh” or a “wow” here and there. The book – and it feels like George is right there with me – gives me an experience of Truth, lifts me into new ways of thinking, and breathes spiritual wholeness into my everyday thought and action. I’m inspired with the new doors to open. I’ll be giving copies to all my friends and family.
- Robin Sinclair
Sr. Producer/Editor Video, Multimedia, Presentations, Robin Sinclair Productions
Many people are served by religious belief/practice. Others are either indifferent or have felt harmed by religion. George’s workbook transcends either experience by creating a Guide for spiritual seeking that can deepen one’s religious practice or blazes a new trail for spiritual awakening.
- Sonnee Weedn, PhD.
President and Founder of the Sonnee Weedn Institute of Integrated Therapies
George is a spiritual guru of the highest order. Everyone who knows George wants to spend more time with him. People want what he’s got and this book provides a roadmap for how to get it – a more spiritual, fulfilling, balanced and happy life. I’ll be recommending it to anyone and everyone who will listen!
- William Morrison
Founder, CEO, Alta Mira Recovery Center, Sausalito, CA. www.altamirarecovery.com
In this book, Rev. McLaird guides us into essential spirituality with a light heart and powerful suggestions. His emphasis on individuality in creating a spiritual practice is refreshing.
- Carolyn Conger, PhD
Rev McLaird’s spiritual practices workbook is an incredible tool for those who want to explore a spiritual component for their lives but are not sure how to begin. In an easy to understand, conversational style, Rev McLaird leads both the novice and the seasoned seeker through the exercises that can both set the process in motion and carry it forward.
- Rev. Dr. Joan Carter
George McLaird has done it again! – distilled a life of wisdom and increasing self-awareness into a wonderful, readable guide to profound truths.
- Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor, D.Min.
Reverend McLaird’s guide to Spiritual Living can help anyone who is on a spiritual journey, anyone looking for a spiritual practice, or anyone simply questioning their own spirit. The guide allows one to define their own spiritual practice while providing helpful suggestions that don’t feel imposing. Rev. McLaird uses his experience, wisdom, and voice to remind us to listen to ourselves.
- Joanna Ceppi, PhD.
Phenomenal! I’m consistently blown away from George McLaird’s work on spirituality. An often complex topic that is so crucial to balanced living…The Guide for Spiritual Living will give you a new take on finding your balance!
- Ryan Cooper
Executive Director, Mountain View Recovery Center
A must-read for all who struggle with finding their spiritual path. A Guide for Spiritual Living is an invaluable resource for those interested in establishing optimal spiritual living. Reverend George McLaird has produced a comprehensive workbook for all, which is completely readable and well balanced.
- Tyler Knight
Co-Founder, CEO, Mountain View Recovery Center
This book reminds of me of its author. It is refreshing, practical, lighthearted, and compassionate. The graphics will make you smile, the suggestions will change your life, and the kindness will touch your heart. George balances permission to choose one’s way with specific directions about things that actually move one forward on the spiritual path. Grab as many of these books as you can and take them to all the folks you love, addicts or not. You may change their lives. What a gift!
- The Reverend Susan Sims Smith
Episcopal Priest, Director of the Interfaith Center at the Institute for Theological Studies
There are several popular books on happiness and well-being that have helped me over the years yet George’s book really resonates because he puts one’s spiritual life at the center of understanding a practical, values-based way we can be healthy, in the fullest sense of the word, and flourish with others. It takes a lifetime of living and learning on this path to distill such an approach and I am grateful, mighty grateful, that he is sharing his approach with the world now.
- Kare Anderson
Blogger/author of Moving From Me to We and former Wall Street Journal reporter
This is the most thorough, holistic and universal guide to spiritual health I have ever read. George’s experience combined with his creativity are unsurpassed!
- Kimberly Kassner
Author, You’re a Genius–And I Can Prove It!
The dual-diagnosis of addictions and bipolar are common, so those with bipolar, and their families will find this book very helpful. In ten years of working with these families I have witnessed the spiritual doubt that surfaces with the stigma of mental conditions, and the tragic lack of training to deal with it in the religious communities. The spiritual living described here will give many people a road back to connection with the world. This cannot be underestimated in healing individuals, families, and communities.
- Tom Wootton
I love the book. I have been using it with my clients at acute day treatment and they love it. George McLaird’s A Guide for Spiritual Living is essential reading for anyone interested in spiritual growth and self-reflection. His approach is practical, wise, and inclusive. Perhaps most importantly, the book doesn’t assume a right or wrong spiritual path. As long as you are on the journey, Mclaird is there to cheer you on.
- Rose Smith, PhD.
There are not words to tell you how much I love George’s latest book. This book needs to be a best seller because it gives permission and support for people to expand endlessly.
- Kay Cash-Smith
President, Cash-Smith Associates
George takes us on a wonderful journey into ourselves and thus into serving and being a part of the healing of our world/universe. He helps us by creating tools to discover and uncover our gifts to recover who we are and who we dare to be.
- Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr
Rev. George McLaird has saved the spiritual and emotional lives of literally thousands of individuals and couples over the course of his counseling work the last forty years. Whether it be coaching that helped a rocky marriage or the insights to unlock an unwise match, skill sets that encouraged a lifetime of healthy habits or reflective exercises that turned around an addict. George has practiced and honed his unique gift of teaching self-care and insightful goal-living for a better experience in this short life. This is his newest go-to reference to actualize a happier and healthier time on this planet. Run, don’t walk, to grab this new workbook for your life!
- Jill Martin Fugaro