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Examine both spirits and spirit work through the lens of biblical hermeneutics, magical and mindfulness practices, shadow work, and self-inquiry.
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Sitting with Spirits

Exploring the Unseen World in the Margins of Christianity

Hi <<First Name>>,

Bob Doto grew up Catholic, but found himself continuously drawn to indigenous, spiritualist, and shamanic practices of connection with ancestors. Did these really need to be at odds?

"No," Bob decided, and began to orient his life in the direction of finding the unexpected connection points between Christianity and folk magic. "I hope to depict a Christ tradition that looks nothing like what we’ve seen," Bob writes. "And everything like what we’ve dreamed."

The result of this unique path of inquiry is Sitting with Spirits: the first book of its kind to examine both spirits and spirit work through the lens of biblical hermeneutics, magical and mindfulness practices, shadow work, and self-inquiry.

Bob has shown that having a relationship with the spirits of those who have passed is not only possible within Christian tradition, it's inherent to the faith as a whole.

We are reminded that the Christ tradition is an “inspired” spirituality overflowing with both holy and not-so-holy spirits; that it is much more complicated and subversive than what is typically presented.

By exploring what lives in the margins of the Christ tradition, Sitting with Spirits positions itself at one of many fronts in the battle to steal this rich and dynamic tradition back from those who actively work to hide what our faith has to offer. May the spirits forever disturb the fascists!

If you're curious about spirit work, are an uneasy / lapsed Catholic (or Pentecostal, for that matter), or are simply curious about the integration of Christianity and folk magic around relationship with the 'cloud of witnesses,' Sitting with Spirits is for you.

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Praise for Sitting with Spirits

“Doto draws from years of study and practice at the margins, to distill the beauty of spirit and spirit work into an easily digestible, exciting and inspiring read. He explores the history of the Christ tradition and its texts to unearth a fresh perspective on what it is to be ‘spiritual’ and engage the unseen world. It is a mind and heart opening book. Whether you’ve been burned by Christianity, if you’ve been a devout practitioner your whole life, if you’re looking to start a spiritual practice but don't know where to begin or if you’ve ever wondered ‘What the Hell Am I’ (an actual subsection in chapter 5) you’ll find something meaningful, new and powerful in this book.”
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“I loved this book. It’s a wonderful and much-needed take on how spirits and spirit work function from the point a few different perspectives: biblical, psychological, and spiritist/spiritualist. I was particularly impressed with how deep the book gets in such a short time (only 136 pages). Peppered with personal stories, this book also contains a short manifesto at the end on ‘Reclaiming Your Root Religion,’ as well as a chaplet for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.”
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“What I love about Sitting with Spirits, and Bob Doto’s writing on Christianity in general, is the sincere depth of research, presented in an unpretentious yet educational format. Bob digs into the meaningful roots of Christianity, free from spiritual materialism, and presents a concise examination (both theoretical and experiential) on what it means to be ‘spiritual,’ or in communion with god/energy/spirits.”
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About the Author

Bob Doto is a writer and speaker on the intersection of spiritual margins and society. He is host of the Wild Christianity Salon, the creator of the anarcho-folk Catholic zine, Babylon Begone, and is a founding member of renegade yoga blog, The Babarazzi. Bob is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Chinese Tui Na massage, acupressure, and sports medicine. He is the founder of the Ditmas Park Yoga Society where he teaches yoga in the Mysore tradition, and also maintains his private massage practice. He is a faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Manhattan teaching Chinese massage therapy with a focus on hand techniques, structural pathologies, and internal disharmonies.

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