In our busy, fragmented world, it's increasingly difficult to find spiritual meaning in our lives. Even religious people often feel that God's presence is far away from them. As the atheist philosopher Nietzsche said, the lantern of divine light has been shattered.
In The Shattered Lantern, Ronald Rolheiser, author of The Holy Longing, looks at how atheism and disbelief have crept into our world and how, in the face of it, we can restore the shattered lantern and bring back the light of God. He shows that the way to overcome self-involvement and an obsession with achievement is not by learning more or trying harder, but by living in a different way. Contemplative living can lead all of us to be overwhelmed again with the divine light.