Thomas Moore (spiritual writer)

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


Moore was born to an Irish Catholic family. 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.[3][2]

Moore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chicago's DePaul University, a Master of Arts degree in musicology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree in theology from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and in 1975, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in religion from Syracuse University.[4] He taught at Glassboro State College and then Southern Methodist University.[5] Denial of tenure at SMU launched Moore's next career.[citation needed]

From 1974 to 1990 Moore practised as a psychotherapist, first in Dallas, Texas and later in New England. After the success of Care of the Soul and its companion volume Soul Mates, he became a full-time writer who lectures internationally about spirituality, ecology, psychotherapy, and religion. He is also a columnist with The Huffington Post,[6] and Spirituality & Health magazine[7] and Beliefnet.[4]

He lives in New England with his wife, the artist Joan Hanley, and their two children.[8]



  • 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.



  1. ^ "Thomas Moore Biography". Hay House. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Moore". Christianity Today. July 1, 2002. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  3. ^ "Soul Life: An Interview with Thomas Moore, PhD". Sounds True . Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  4. ^ a b "Teachers Project: Thomas Moore". Spirituality & Practice. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  5. ^ Moore, Thomas; Dallaire, Roméo; Rutte, Martin; Woodman, Marion (2006). Seeking the Sacred: Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World. ECW Press. ISBN 9781550227246.
  6. ^ "Thomas Moore columns". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  7. ^ "Thomas Moore columns". Spirituality & Health. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  8. ^ "Thomas Moore Preacher and Teacher Bio Page". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  9. ^ 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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