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Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  33 reviews
From a recovering addict, musician, and tattooed indie culturist: a guidebook for today’s generation of spiritual misfits who crave a dogma-free path.

Brutally honest and radically unconventional, Chris Grosso’s collection of stories and musings about his meandering journey of self-inquiry, recovery, and acceptance shows what it means to live a truly authentic spiritual lif
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Atria Books/Beyond Words
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Anastasia Aisatsana
Author Chris Grosso Separates the Wheat From the Bullshit

With a table of contents that reads like a playlist, Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality author, Chris Grosso, is brutally honest as he shares his journey in carving out a path in his own darkness to find personal meaning and true value in his own spiritual truth.

At a Snatam Kaur Indian devotional/ kirtan music performance I attended last spring, Kaur shared an observation that in this culture, yoga is practiced w
Tanya McGinnity
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Indie Spiritualist is the first book from Chris Grosso, a multi-faith, multi-disciplinary chap who runs a website of the same name. I say multi-faith in that much of Chris’ belief system has been formed by many different religious and spiritual traditions as he has taken the approach of seeing what fits or doesn’t fit for him. I say mult-disciplinary in that Chris can be described in many ways – musician, writer, tattooed dude, skateboarder, recovering addict, super-fan of all kinds of musical s ...more
Kasia Focca
Mar 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
I couldn't wait to read this book, as I thought it would be another great find, but no. I did not love it at all. I felt that Grosso picked a whole bunch of mainstream, inspirational/motivational theories that we can see flying on Facebook and Pinterest, rephrased them to create more text and made an actual book. It lacked deepness, seemed basic and I was not connected to this ideology. Next thing that bugged me was that through out the whole book he tried to portrait himself as humble and ego-f ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book for its honesty and giving a name to the spirituality I have practiced for years. Most of it I already knew but I did learn a few new things and was reminded of things I forgot. I also like the differences in how this book presents itself vs another book I read Dharma Punx by Noah Levine. Noah was advocating Buddhism where this book tends to incorporate a more eclectic view of different spiritual practices as well as taking in the author's own experiences of life at this poin ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really wanted to like it more, since it's written by someone more or less from my "tribe." The tribe, of older straight-edge/punk rock/hardcore "kids" into awakening is a pretty select club after all. This book is more a loose collection of essays than a coherent volume, however, and therein lies it's weakness. The sincerity of the content is undeniable, however, and that's the strength of this work. I would have liked to see a more cogent theme throughou ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This. Shit. Is. Doable.
Dick Harding
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I don't have too much in common with the author who is moved by music I don't listen to and I am much much older. I did appreciate much of what he wrote regarding spiritualism though. I couldn't get any of the links to work listed in the book. I don't have a smartphone so maybe that is why. I gave up on those after a few times. ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent! Im 70 and I really enjoyed this book about Chris coming back from the edge and turning his life around and still staying himself. Lots of good movie, music, book resources I checked out too even tho Im not into hip hop or much heavy metal. Loved his transparency and honesty and desire to help others using his buddhist learnings.
Joanna Crowell
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a book about Mr. Gross and his recovery from drug addiction. Along his recovery journey he gets excited about spirituality. His language is often profane, but he is in the beginning stages of a spiritual awakening.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Insightful, good perspective on a more eclectic approach to spirituality.
Anastasia Aisatsana
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author Chris Grosso Separates the Wheat From the Bullshit

With a table of contents that reads like a playlist, Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality author, Chris Grosso, is brutally honest as he shares his journey in carving out a path in his own darkness to find personal meaning and true value in his own spiritual truth.

At a Snatam Kaur Indian devotional/ kirtan music performance I attended last spring, Kaur shared an observation that in this culture, yoga is practiced w
John Eliade
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chris Grosso does a lot with this little book (that took me a month to read because like him, I juggle multiple books at once, sometimes get caught up in on, and forget to turn the pages on the others, sorry this took so long, Chris!). Anyway, Chris' debut book is truly extraordinary for a number of reasons.

First, he combines his personal narrative, which is all at once frightening, heart-breaking, and inspirational, with the interviews from leading personalities in the spirituality, music, or
Andrew Paciocco
This book is raw, brutally honest and straight forward. It's a collection of essays documenting his personal struggles with addiction, himself and day to day life; the same struggles we're all familiar with even though we each have our own culprits. It discusses the ways out of those dark corners and illuminates the perspectives we're sometimes missing that make all the difference. You can find infinite books explaining that we've all got the answers to all of our questions within but Indie Spir ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Chris did a good job of explaining his spiritual journey and the different ways he was able to introduce spirituality into his life. I rated it a 3 due to some redundancy in his message. In respect to him, he does mention this himself throughout the book. He doesn't claim to be a grand author, but wanted to express and share his journey and beliefs that led him to where he is at today. He has definitely succeeded doing this. He kept my attention throughout most of the book. He almost lost me whe ...more
Craig Bergland
Okay, so...I was torn between two and four stars. If you have never been exposed to what I call Interspirituality and what the author calls "indie spirituality," AND if you've never read Brad Warner before (and what HAVE you been waiting for, anyway?) it might deserve four stars because his ideas will seem revolutionary and fresh as will his writing style.

If you have read Brad Warner and been exposed to Interspirituality, blessed are you because flesh and blood has not revealed these things to y
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
INDIE SPIRITUALIST is quenching a thirst that is so prevalent in our world today; for authentic, no-bullshit spirituality without the dogma that exists in the hierarchical and patriarchal religions of our history. It's a great, down-to-earth account of the truth of the author's own experiences and offers helpful, practical insights and practices. "We read to know that we're not alone." said C.S. Lewis, and Chris Grosso shares with us the dark nights of his soul, and his journey to how he found p ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enlightenment
Chris writes with such an open mind and huge heart, simply and with raw honesty. I love how he can find spirituality in the most unexpected places, like a Van Halen concert. Chris opens his definition of spirituality to include everything from skateboarding, heavy metal, Kirtan, yoga and just about everything in-between. His drunk/drug-alogue is told with heartbreaking honesty and a huge dose of sarcasm and humor. Great book for anyone dipping their toes into spirituality.
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most open and honest books on Spirituality and Hope that I have read. The author shares his story of addiction and recovery and his spiritual journey in a way that is relatable for everyone. This is a book I will definitely recommend to friends, family and anyone who is looking for a really good book to read.
Sara Rietsch
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of those books that you either speaks to you or just doesn't. For me it felt like having a great conversation with a really cool dude. He encourages readers to contact him, so I did. And he was as considerate, compassionate, and open as his writing. I can totally understand how this book may not work for everyone, but for me it was spot on. ...more
Jess ● The Bookish Ghost
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVE, love, love this book! It has opened my eyes so much compared to other books I have read. I know for a fact I will be rereading it over and over again! Totally recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Hands down, amazing!
Kev Page
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Gets right to the point, no messing about.
Anyone who's had a chequered past will relate to what he has to say and imparts some helpful ways to help rid yourself of the demons.
As a Vipassana practitioner myself I can personally vouch for the path he suggests.
Patrick Barker
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely enjoyed this book. As someone who draws off agnostic beliefs, I found much of what Chris said to resonate with me. I also found his recommendations on further reading to be quite good. I would offer this book to anyone seeking a spiritual life not confined by religion.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully engaging read of one man's ideas on spirituality from a life that he barely survived. Not wallowing in his own story for long, Chris Grosso imparts his ideas in a funny, touching read and gives a rudimentary view of his spirituality. I was captivated from beginning to end. ...more
GB Noriega
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is so-so. But like it's hard for a Non-conformist to hear from another Non-conformist that it is okay to be a Non-conformist. As if, non-conformists needed validation in the first place. I don't know. I'm glad he found a path for himself. ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! He really brings a down to earth approach to spiritualism. If you are looking for a truly honest approach to spirituality, please check out this book!!
Emma Mildon
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journey
A straight shooters, honest and raw look into the real essence of spirituality - no nonsense, no crap. Highly recommended read.
Sarah Goewey
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I guess I'm probably not the audience for this book, but ugggggh. I don't care how special your personal philosophy is, if you can't write you shouldn't write. ...more
Inge Bird
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good book for those who consider themselves to be non-conformist but seek to live a spiritual life without limits or society's rules. ...more
Rob Laycock
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good, excellent at helping you deal with looking into yourself and processing what you find, especially when it isn't pretty! ...more
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Chris Grosso is an independent culturist, freelance writer, spiritual aspirant, recovering addict, and musician. He serves as spiritual director of the interfaith center The Sanctuary at Shepardfields, writes for Huffington Post, Rebelle Society, Intent blog and is a correspondent for the Where Is My Guru radio show. He created the popular hub for all things alternative, independent, and spiritual ...more

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