Sandra M. Levy-Achtemeier, Ph.D.


Flourishing Life: Book Reviews

Anglican Theological Review, Spring 2013:
Book-Marked by the Editors

This well-written book confirms the aptness of Rowan Williams' description of Anglican theology as reflection on the shape of Christian life. Sandra M. Levy-Achtemeier brings her expertise as a psychologist and priest and her life experience and wisdom as a person to developing a coherent vision of what it means to live fully, and in doing so she offers the readers of this book a holistic and evocative journey through current discussions in theological anthropology. Read more (.pdf file)

The Virginia Episcopalian, Winter 2012:

As I read this book, I felt that I was watching a weaver who was blending many colors, textures and levels of experience into a unique view of how one can experience life now and in the future. Read more

Julian's Window, December 2012:

In her 2006 book, Imagination and the Journey of Faith, the author investigated at length the need for imagination to help us approach the Transcendent. She brought before the reader works of scholarship as well as of culture which can give both reason and sustenance for such a journey. Flourishing Life is a shorter book about self-perception, happiness and psychology in their Christian aspects. But that is to make the book seem small and dry — and it is most definitely not that. Read more

Christian Century, June 27, 2012:

In readable fashion Levy-Achtemeier explores what it means for humans to flourish. Trained as a psychologist and an Episcopal priest, she draws on evolutionary neuroscience, positive psychology and theology. Relying especially on Teilhard de Chardin, she argues that we are to be cocreators with God of our own lives. Read more