The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty

by David G. Myers. Yale University Press, 2001.

'The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty' is David Myers’ tale of America’s material wealth and spiritual want. Myers, professor of psychology at Hope College, uses social studies and stories to examine such issues as sex, marriage, children, violence, money, individualism, community, media, education, and faith while taking readers on a tour of American social scenery. His tale is cautionary, warning that “we had best get intentional about identifying and effectively teaching our shared values.” Prospective as well as descriptive, Myers’ work offers advice based on both his research and his admitted faith. He ends his book urging us to imagine a culture of shared values. This book would be good material for a group study around the issues of what constitutes spiritual hunger or whether there are values that we can share. Individuals will find it an enlightening look at the changing face of American society.