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Thomas Moore (spiritual writer)

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Thomas Moore
Born (1940-10-08) October 8, 1940 (age 83)
Notable workCare of the Soul (1992)
SpouseHari Kirin (born Joan Hanley)

Thomas Moore (born October 8, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan) is a psychotherapist, former monk, and writer of popular spiritual books, including the New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul (1992), a "guide to cultivating depth and sacredness in everyday life".[1][2] He writes and lectures in the fields of archetypal psychology, mythology, and imagination.[3] His work is influenced by the writings of Carl Jung and James Hillman.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Moore was born to an Irish Catholic family in Detroit, Michigan. At age 13, he joined the prep seminary of the Servites, a Roman Catholic lay order, where he studied philosophy and music. However, he left the order 13 years later, just before his ordination as a priest.[5][3]

Moore earned a B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, an M.A. in musicology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in theology from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and in 1975, a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University.[6] He taught at Glassboro State College and then Southern Methodist University.[7] Denial of tenure at SMU launched Moore's next career.[citation needed]


From 1974 to 1990, Moore practiced as a psychotherapist, first in Dallas, Texas, and later in New England. After the success of Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life (1992) and its companion volume Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship (1994), he became a full-time writer who lectures internationally about spirituality, ecology, psychotherapy, and religion. He is also a columnist with The Huffington Post,[8] and Spirituality & Health Magazine[9] and Beliefnet.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, the artist Hari Kirin (born Joan Hanley),[10] whom he met at Lesley College, where she was a student in his art therapy class.[11] They have two children.[12]



  • The Planets Within: Ficino's Astrological Psychology. Bucknell University Press. 1982. ISBN 978-0-83875-022-3
  • Rituals of the imagination. 2nd edition. Dallas: Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. 1984. ISBN 0-911005-03-X.
  • Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life. HarperCollins. 1992. ISBN 978-0-06-183534-6.
  • Soul Mates: Honoring the Mystery of Love and Relationship. 1994. ISBN 0060169281.
  • Meditations: On the Monk Who Dwells in Daily Life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. 1994. ISBN 0-06-017223-1.
  • The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life. 1997. ISBN 0060928247.
  • The Education of the Heart. Harper Perennial. 1997. ISBN 0-06-092860-3.
  • Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism. 1998. ISBN 0882143654.
  • The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love. 1999. ISBN 0060930950.
  • Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality. Harper. 2000. ISBN 0-06-019542-8.
  • The Soul's Religion: Cultivating a Profoundly Spiritual Way of Life. Harper. 2002. ISBN 0-06-019286-0.
  • Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals. Gotham. 2004. ISBN 1-59240-067-1.
  • A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You were Born to Do. 2008. ISBN 0767922530.
  • Writing in the Sand: Jesus, Spirituality and the Soul of the Gospels. Hay House. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4019-2413-3.
  • Care of the Soul in Medicine. Hay House. 2010. ISBN 978-1-4019-2563-5.
  • The Guru of Golf. 2010. ISBN 1401925669.
  • A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. Gotham. 2014. ISBN 978-1-59240-829-0.
  • The Soul of Christmas. Franciscan Media. 2016. ISBN 1632531208.
  • Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy. St. Martin's. 2017. ISBN 978-1-250-13581-0.
  • Soul Therapy: The Art and Craft of Caring Conversations. HarperCollins. 2021. ISBN 9780063071438.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Theroux, Phyllis (16 August 1992). "Use It or Lose It". New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Thomas Moore Biography". Hay House. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  3. ^ a b "Thomas Moore". Christianity Today. July 1, 2002. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  4. ^ "Meet Thomas". Thomas Moore Soul. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Soul Life: An Interview with Thomas Moore, PhD". Sounds True . Archived from the original on 2014-08-22. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  6. ^ a b "Teachers Project: Thomas Moore". Spirituality & Practice. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  7. ^ Moore, Thomas; Dallaire, Roméo; Rutte, Martin; Woodman, Marion (2006). Seeking the Sacred: Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World. ECW Press. ISBN 9781550227246.
  8. ^ "Thomas Moore columns". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  9. ^ "Thomas Moore columns". Spirituality & Health. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  10. ^ "Biography: Hari Kirin". Art & Yoga. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  11. ^ Brown, Joe (14 February 1994). "Celebrations". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Thomas Moore Preacher and Teacher Bio Page". Beliefnet.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  13. ^ Spirituality & Health often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "Are You the Author of Your Life's Story?" online.

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