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Comfort : an atlas for the body and soul /

by Hoover, Brett C.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed.Description: ix, 292 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781594485480 (alk. paper) :; 1594485488 (alk. paper).Title notes: $16.00 6-2013 (db)Other title: Atlas for the body and soul.Subject(s): Contentment | Human comfort | Quality of life | Senses and sensation | Satisfaction | Peace of mind
Contents:
The roots of comfort. The human story of comfort ; The anatomy of comfort ; American comfort -- Complicating comfort. When comfort goes bad ; Home alone ; A comfortable living -- Way beyond Easy Street: real-life comforts. The comfort of company ; Comfort in crisis ; Spiritual comfort and a God for grown-ups ; Practical comfort.
Summary: Comfort is a universal human need. Hoover explores what comfort means-- and how it means different things to different people. He delves into the psychological, emotional, and spiritual facets of comfort and offers ways to rediscover it.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Comfort is a universal human need. It's that craving to feel at one with the world we live in, warm (but not hot), protected (but not smothered), and secure (but not marooned) in what the future holds. Yet in our increasingly complex and overstressed world, we tend to overlook this important aspect in our lives.</p> <p>In Comfort- An Atlas for the Body and Soul , Brett C. Hoover, a scholar and Catholic priest, explores what comfort means-and it means different things to different people. He delves into the psychological, emotional, and spiritual facets of comfort and offers ways to rediscover it. With insight and humor, Hoover writes about the advantages and the pitfalls of seeking-and finding-comfort as he guides us towards the goal we should strive for- to find comfort in our own lives as we offer comfort to others.</p> <p>By turns lyrical and thought-provoking, funny and poignant, Comfort is full of engaging and unexpected insights in our very human search for personal fulfillment.</p>

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-277) and index.

The roots of comfort. The human story of comfort ; The anatomy of comfort ; American comfort -- Complicating comfort. When comfort goes bad ; Home alone ; A comfortable living -- Way beyond Easy Street: real-life comforts. The comfort of company ; Comfort in crisis ; Spiritual comfort and a God for grown-ups ; Practical comfort.

Comfort is a universal human need. Hoover explores what comfort means-- and how it means different things to different people. He delves into the psychological, emotional, and spiritual facets of comfort and offers ways to rediscover it.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 The Roots of Comfort
  • 1 The Human Story of Comfort (p. 3)
  • In the Beginning (p. 3)
  • Catholic Comfort (p. 6)
  • Meditations on Life Being a Bitch (p. 10)
  • Leaving the Comfort Zone (p. 12)
  • The Arc of Comfort (p. 16)
  • 2 The Anatomy of Comfort (p. 20)
  • Faces of Comfort (p. 20)
  • Comfort 101 (p. 24)
  • Comfort Physiology (p. 30)
  • The Feel of Comfort (p. 32)
  • Comfort Food and the Mission of Meatloaf (p. 37)
  • Comfort Connections (p. 40)
  • Cultured Comfort (p. 43)
  • Say the Word (Etymology) (p. 46)
  • 3 American Comfort (p. 50)
  • A Case Study (p. 50)
  • Comfort by the Numbers (p. 53)
  • Before Comfort (p. 55)
  • A Map of the Comfortable Home (p. 56)
  • Is Everybody Comfy? (p. 59)
  • Part 2 Complicating Comfort
  • 4 When Comfort Goes Bad (p. 67)
  • When Comfort Goes Bad (p. 67)
  • Orgasmic Rats, Anesthetized People (p. 68)
  • Bullied by Ease (p. 72)
  • The Fog of Comfort (p. 74)
  • Creeping Comfort (p. 80)
  • Adversity's Answer (p. 84)
  • 5 Home Alone (p. 93)
  • The Home as Comfy Castle (p. 93)
  • Home Alterations (p. 99)
  • Channeling Comfort (TV) (p. 102)
  • Virtually Connected (p. 106)
  • Sofa-Mail (p. 109)
  • 6 A Comfortable Living (p. 115)
  • Of Penguins and Security (p. 115)
  • Blessed Are the Poor but I Wouldn't Want to Be One (p. 120)
  • Tyranny of Expectations (p. 124)
  • Downshifting from the Rat Race (p. 131)
  • The Bread of Comfort (p. 135)
  • Freedom and Financial Comfort (p. 141)
  • Part 3 Way Beyond Easy Street: Real-Life Comforts
  • 7 The Comfort of Company (p. 149)
  • It's Not Good for the Man to Be Alone (p. 149)
  • Families by Any Other Name (p. 152)
  • Comfortable in Common (p. 156)
  • How I Found Acceptance as a Pain in the Ass (p. 158)
  • A Touch of Comfort (p. 161)
  • Mentor Me Mucho (p. 165)
  • Lasting Comfort (p. 176)
  • 8 Comfort in Crisis (p. 179)
  • Weigh Me Down (p. 180)
  • Shit and Angels Happen (p. 185)
  • On Sending the Angels Away (p. 187)
  • The Naked Woman in the Psych Ward and the Dark Side of Comfort (p. 189)
  • Good Mourning (p. 195)
  • In Search of a Bemuddled Peace (p. 203)
  • 9 Spiritual Comfort and a God for Grown-Ups (p. 207)
  • A Pastiche of Spiritual Comfort (p. 207)
  • Psycho-God (p. 212)
  • The God of Comfort and the Comfortable God (p. 217)
  • Of Death and Pasta (p. 226)
  • God for Grown-Ups (p. 231)
  • The Rhythm of Comfort (p. 235)
  • Beyond Words (p. 238)
  • 10 Practical Comfort (p. 244)
  • Cultivating Comfort (or the Couch Potato's Dilemma) (p. 244)
  • The Practice of Love and Community (p. 248)
  • The Art of Practical Detachment (p. 250)
  • Big Picture: Comfort Cost-Benefit Analyses (p. 254)
  • The Art of Enjoying Life (p. 257)
  • The Practice of Humility (p. 260)
  • The End of Comfort (p. 261)
  • Notes (p. 267)
  • Index (p. 279)

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