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In Search of Truth: A Course in Spiritual Psychology by Glenville Ashby is an anthology of the author's work, compiled over the course of fifteen years. Ashby is a scholar of theology who first became involved in finding answers to the mysteries of spiritual life when his mother passed away in 1980. The culmination of his search resulted in a collection of writings with the latest, In Search of Truth, being something of a magnum opus that spans from 2003 - 2018. Ashby offers insight into a host of common questions from enlightenment and reincarnation to suicide and the hour of death, covering a plethora of topics in between, from the evil eye, to the third eye, to keeping an eye on the spiritual world (including a section on Ouija boards).
Glenville Ashby has a quote inside In Search of Truth by psychologist Hans Wilhelm where he states: "Our ego does not want us to be at peace or to know peace." I found this to be particularly meaningful, as it went hand in hand with a conversation my husband and I have been playing on repeat. Where Ashby stands out against other writers in the genre of religion, theology, and psychology is in his comprehensive coverage of all the major concepts of faith. He dives deep and explains with both conviction and fact; the ultimate balancing act between what we know to be true and what we believe might be true. Ultimately, Ashby leaves us with what (most) consider to be a universal truth: Humanism, not religion, is the path to salvation.