Luther Book Shop hosts 'Radically Open' book signing

The Luther College Book Shop will host a book signing for Robert Shedinger, Luther associate professor of religion, from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Shedinger will be on hand to sign his new book, "Radically Open," as well as his book "Was Jesus a Muslim?"

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

In "Radically Open" Shedinger examines how America stands in the throes of an anxiety epidemic, even though Americans live in one of the most religious countries in the world, and asks why people with deep spiritual roots aren't less vulnerable to emotional suffering.

Shedinger states, "The overt religiosity so characteristic of modern American society ironically serves to foster the anxiety epidemic by locking people into a disenchanted secular mindset, leaving them cut off from the deep spiritual resources they so desperately need in the face of mounting anxiety."

 Based on the author's own journey through the darkness of anxiety in conversation with the psychology of Carl Jung, this book argues that transcending religious identity and submitting to the greater wisdom of the cosmic story holds a powerful key to resolving anxiety and creating a more just and sustainable world. The Islamic tradition may provide one of the best models for how to accomplish this, Shedinger asserts.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and preprofessional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: www.luther.edu.