Book Review of Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life by Nancy T. Ammerman

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Excerpt: Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes marks the culmination of a project to understand the narratives of transcendence that contemporary Americans tell about their lives. By collecting and analyzing voluminous information generated through multiple methods, Nancy Ammerman offers a wide-ranging look at how people make their lives meaningful and/or perceptively transcendent. In doing so, she challenges a number of conventions in the sociology of religion, including what “counts” as religion or spirituality and how sociologists should go about studying religion.