Comfort by Brett C. Hoover
An Atlas for the Body and Soul

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For readers of Kathleen Norris and Gretchen Rubin, a thought-provoking examination of the meaning of comfort

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.

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.

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.


About Brett C. Hoover

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Father Brett C. Hoover is a member of the Paulist Fathers order, a Catholic religious order based in the United States. He currently serves on the faculty of the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago. He has a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California Berkeley. In 2001, he co-founded and then served as editor for, a website for young adults.
Published November 1, 2011 by Riverhead Books. 304 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Some may find his reliance on personal anecdote a tad heavy, but the widely traveled Hoover draws liberally from diverse acquaintances and experiences and balances these musings with evidence from anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, literature and every major religion.

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The nature of comfort—in its physical, emotional, and spiritual forms—drives this considered study from Paulist priest Hoover.

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