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Nicholas Nigro on his Spirituality series








Nicholas Nigro, author of The Spirituality of Bono, The Spirituality of Carlos Santana, and The Spirituality of Richar Gere has kindly given us a short piece he has written on his new series:

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The Backbeat Spirituality Series


Inaugurating the Backbeat Spirituality Series are three celebrities from decidedly different backgrounds: Carlos Santana, Richard Gere, and Paul David Hewson, better known as Bono. With each man approaching matters worldly and otherworldly from his own unique perspective, it’s the ideal mix of personalities to kick off these compendiums of inspirational quotations.

“Spirituality to me is like water,” Carlos Santana opines. “Religions are like Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, wine, beer, or whatever. But spirituality is what’s going to save you in the battle.” Singer, guitarist extraordinaire, and unrepentant hippie, Carlos is wont to retreat to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood every now and then to reminisce about the high-minded social activism of the 1960s, which remains so dear to his heart.
“The universe is—simply that,” actor, activist, and devout Buddhist Richard Gere muses. “It’s our job to make it meaningful.” Always and every day, Richard endeavors to do just that as he tirelessly crusades for human rights and kibitzes with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, when time and circumstances allow.
“We’ve got to follow through on our ideals,” Bono preaches. “Or we betray something at the heart of who we are.” The singer, songwriter, and humanitarian is most definitely a power-of-example in this regard as he indefatigably travels the world on behalf of the poor and the suffering in faraway places. Bono is a steadfast voice for the voiceless, and a very vociferous one at that.
The individual titles in the Spirituality Series furnish readers with a thorough compilation of quotations—on a broad spectrum of life questions—from the mouths of their fascinating subjects: Carlos Santana, Richard Gere, and Bono. Gleaned from interviews, speeches, and myriad media appearances, their reflections and observations on so many things—from spirituality to humanitarianism to the artist’s life—are in these books. Their contemplative takes on the meaning of life—and making the most of it—are simultaneously interesting, insightful, and food for thought.
While Carlos Santana, Richard Gere, and Bono have distinct worldviews—from having ventured down varied life paths—they have an awful lot in common, too, including a penchant for speaking their minds come what may.

The Spirituality of Carlos Santana (9781480355453)
The Spirituality of Bono (9781480355460)
The Spirituality of Richard Gere (9781480355477)
April 8, 2014
4 1/2″ x 6″
104 pages


Nicholas Nigro_Au_PhotoNicholas Nigro is a freelance writer and the author of multiple books in a variety of fields. From spirituality to science and medicine, popular culture to pets and animals, his publishing credits span a wide gamut of topics and appeal to an eclectic swath of readers. He lives in New York City.