Comfort: An Atlas for the Body and Soul (Paperback)

An Atlas for the Body and Soul

By Brett C. Hoover

Riverhead Books, 9781594485480, 292pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2011



For readers of Kathleen Norris and Gretchen Rubin, a thought-provoking examination of the meaning of comfort.

Comfort is a universal human need. It's that craving to feel at one with the world we live in, warm (but not hot), protected (but not smothered), and secure (but not marooned) in what the future holds. Yet in our increasingly complex and overstressed world, we tend to overlook this important aspect in our lives.

In Comfort: An Atlas for the Body and Soul, Brett C. Hoover, a scholar and Catholic priest, explores what comfort means-and it means different things to different people. He delves into the psychological, emotional, and spiritual facets of comfort and offers ways to rediscover it. With insight and humor, Hoover writes about the advantages and the pitfalls of seeking-and finding-comfort as he guides us towards the goal we should strive for: to find comfort in our own lives as we offer comfort to others.

By turns lyrical and thought-provoking, funny and poignant, Comfort is full of engaging and unexpected insights in our very human search for personal fulfillment.

About the Author

Father Brett C. Hoover is a priest with the Paulists, a Catholic religious order based in the United States. He currently serves on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. In 2001, he co-founded and then served as editor for, a website for young seekers. He is the author of Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith and Soundbyte Spirituality, as well as several articles in magazines and journals.