Joe Perez’s writings concerning his spiritual journey, begun in Soulfully Gay, continue in Rising Up, a book compiled from Joe’s columns and short writings in 2005 and 2006. Joe’s emerging sensibility for cultural and social criticism is on display in twelve chapters on such diverse subjects as sex, HIV/AIDS, popular culture, business, politics, religion, and alternative spirituality. The goal of criticism, according to Joe, is to situate the object of criticism into its most appropriate locations in a more comprehensive worldview than is given by the object itself. Joe accomplishes this by situating his own thought in the context of Integral discourse, in particular a theory of everything pioneered by Ken Wilber, Don Beck, and Jim Marion, among others. There are few examples of writers attempting an Integral social criticism, and this book showcases a direct and sometimes strident and personal style. (248 pages)

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