The Power of Ritual: How to Create Meaning and Connection in Everything You Do

The Power of Ritual: How to Create Meaning and Connection in Everything You Do

Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose.

“After half a decade of research and hundreds of conversations with people around the country, I am convinced we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. That what used to hold us in community no longer works, and that the spiritual offerings of yesteryear no longer help us thrive.”–Casper ter Kuile

What do Soul Cycle, gratitude journals, and tech breaks have in common? For ter Kuile they offer rituals that create the foundation for our modern spiritual lives. 

We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left too many of us—no matter our ages—feeling isolated and bereft of purpose. Previous frameworks for building community and finding meaning no longer support us. Yet ter Kuile reveals a hopeful new message: we might not be religious, but that doesn’t mean we are any less spiritual.  

Instead, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in which we seek belonging and meaning in secular practices. Today, we find connection in:


CrossFit and SoulCycle, which offer a sense of belonging rooted in accountability and support much like church groups

Harry Potter and other beloved books that offer universal lessons 
Gratitude journals, which have replaced traditional prayer 
Tech breaks, which provide mindful moments of calm 
In The Power of Ritual, ter Kuile invites us to deepen these ordinary practices as intentional rituals that nurture connection and  wellbeing. With wisdom and endearing wit, ter Kuile’s call for ritual is ultimately a call to heal our loss of connection to ourselves, to others, and to our spiritual identities.

The Power of Ritual reminds us that what we already do every day matters—and has the potential to become a powerful experience of reflection, sanctuary, and meaning.


Title:The Power of Ritual: How to Create Meaning and Connection in Everything You Do
ISBN:9780062882066
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  • Katie

    Me: YES! Casper ter Kuile wrote a book! I adore Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Even though I’m not *precisely* the target audience for that podcast, I get so much from it. I’m excited to learn ...

  • Vanessa Zoltan

    As charming as the author is on his podcast he is even lovelier in writing. And so wise and helpful. ...

  • Brian Hutzell

    The Power of Ritual just came out, and already it has not aged well. For a start, the book spends a lot of time discussing community, and urging people to gather in ways that are not currently possibl...

  • Ivy Moore

    Casper’s podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text has been a kind and calming force in my life, especially while self-isolating, so even though I don’t normally go for self-help books I’m determ...

  • Alicia Bayer

    I think this is one of those books that will be loved by folks who are already a fan of the author. I had high hopes for it but I found it really esoteric and dragging. I was hoping for something that...

  • Devon Black

    This book was amazing. Every adult can benefit from reading it. It invites readers to examine their lives and where they find connection to themselves, others, nature, and transcendent things we canno...

  • Mitch Karunaratne

    Don't be fooled by the fun and playful cover - this book is profound, widely researched and full of adaptable approaches to living a more intentional and purposeful life. It gives insights into how to...

  • Gail

    I've been thinking for the past few years now about how, even though I have no interest in religion, I rather envied religious people a lot of the features of church - inter-generational community, re...

  • Andrew Bradley

    This book couldn't have come at a better time! Author Casper ter Kuile not only examines issues such as loneliness, overcoming tech addiction and the profound feeling of dissatisfaction/disconnection ...

  • Karen07

    ‘The power of ritual’ deals with the ways we can find the spiritual in the everyday life that surrounds us. The book is split into several sections, each explaining finding connection in one way o...