Beyond Jesus: My Spiritual Odyssey
Coming July 2018
This captivating memoir inspires us to rise to new levels of consciousness and manifest a sustainable and spiritually fulfilling future for ourselves and our progeny.
New York Times best-selling author
In the crucible of grief following a friend’s death, Patricia Pearce sensed a dimension of existence beneath her ordinary perception—and became resolved to discover it. She soon found herself in a vortex of revelatory dreams, synchronicities, energy openings, and insights that shattered her worldview, exposed a unified Reality of Love, and unveiled the illusory nature of the ego and the world it has created. Faced with these discoveries, she struggled to remain in a religion that she now realized had been shaped by the very ego consciousness Jesus had transcended and urged others to abandon.
Enlightening, revelatory, and bold, Beyond Jesus reveals how our political and religious institutions are an outward manifestation of the inner beliefs we hold about who we are, and that beneath the layers of dogma about Jesus lies a key to our spiritual evolution and the astonishing possibility it holds for the future.
Advance Praise for Beyond Jesus
A riveting account of a courageous spiritual journey. Sharing many of the most intimate moments of her life, Pearce introduces the reader to her new, bold conclusions about Jesus, his teachings and purpose. After reading it, you may find a new hope for our planet.
—Mary Morrissey, author of Building Your Field of Dreams
Pearce has addressed a larger story that is unfolding from the edge of Christianity. The countless Christians’ journey ‘beyond Jesus’ is now a much larger culture-wide odyssey, and needs the close attention Pearce brings to it in order to understand its significance.
—The Rev. Dr. Hal Taussig, National Co-Chair, Christianity Seminar, Westar Institute
Pearce’s sharing of how her individual journey meshed with the universal seeking for God and the commitment to act for justice in ways that honor the God-spark dignity of all life forms of our planet moved me into and beyond the words of her life story. Beyond words, into tears—and joy.
—Rabbi Arthur Waskow, author of Godwrestling — Round 2 and director of The Shalom Center
Patricia Pearce’s spiritual odyssey illuminates the wisdom and light that shine within us all. She asserts that this power, the greatest power, is the incredible, immense force of love in the universe that connects all beings to one another in the amazing web of Life. Thank you, Patricia Pearce, for walking this path and sharing it with the rest of us.
—Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson, author of I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton; Not by the Sword; and Women in Prison: Inside the Concrete Womb
This book spills over with integrity, wisdom and joy! It’s a splendid resource of hope and encouragement for these troubled times.
—The Rev. Carter Heyward, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge MA
An astounding story of faith shattered and restored in a profoundly visionary life story.
—Rabbi Sheila Weinberg, founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and author of God Loves the Stranger
This is the very personal journey of an earnest Western seeker out to discover what Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and others have called the “Jesus of history,” the God-conscious human being who survived his early and brutal execution by the Roman state. A useful guide for any of us today who are looking for a life, as she says, ‘freed from the ego and its illusions.’
—Michael Nagler, PhD, founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, and author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future
Detonated by the early death of a close friend and colleague, Patricia Pearce’s whole world view blew wide open. The familiar certainties of religious sensibility collapsed, one by one. What emerged from the wreckage is a potent new understanding of Reality, and a powerful and eloquent call to hear Jesus anew.
—Penny Gill, Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities, Mount Holyoke College, and author of What in the World Is Going On? Wisdom Teachings for Our Time
No One in I Land: A Parable of Awakening
This book shines with love and wisdom and is so simple that anyone can understand it. It really drives home the happy message that we are all one, already whole and perfect, and never alone.
Cloaked in the deceptively simple guise of a short bedtime story, No One in I Land is a manifesto for humankind to awaken to our true nature and to embrace the possibilities we hold for a remarkable future.
Far-reaching in its political, economic and religious implications, this whimsical tale exposes the absurdity of the ego and its empires, unmasks the link between ego-consciousness and the global crises we face, and inspires us to participate in the emerging consciousness that will change everything.