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Most Americans Experience God’s Love and Extend it to Others

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Co-authors Matthew T. Lee, Margaret M. Poloma, and Stephen G. Post have written The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God’s Love (December 2012, Oxford University Press), which explores the effects of the experience of love in the Christian tradition in America. They offer compelling examples of how receiving God's love, loving God, and expressing this love to others has made a difference in the world and given a deeper significance to the lives of millions of Americans.This new book is a fascinating narrative about how Americans “wake up” to the reality of divine love through an experience with God and then attempt to express his love to others through daily benevolent acts. The authors say, “That is the heart of religion . . . Our aim was to investigate the relationship between spiritual empowerment, benevolence, and the experience of God’s love in America.”