Enlightenment Town (Paperback)

Finding Spiritual Awakening in a Most Improbable Place

By Jeffery Paine

New World Library, 9781608685745, 248pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2018

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Why has a tiny old mining town straight out of Gunsmoke or Deadwood -- Crestone, Colorado -- become home to twenty-five spiritual centers representing nearly all the brand-name faiths of the world? With the keen eye of a storyteller, the insights of a scholar, and the heart of a seeker, Jeffery Paine narrates a truly unique adventure. He explores Crestone's wintry, oxygen-thin mountain geography and introduces a cast of spiritual mavericks and unlikely visionaries. Paine finds in Crestone a remarkable dedication to coexistence. Paradoxically, the town's amazing spiritual diversity highlights fundamental commonalities in a way that will strike and even inspire believers, agnostics, and searchers of every stripe.

About the Author

Jeffery Paine's writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and the New Republic. The author of Re-enchantment and Father India, he lives in Washington, DC.