New Release: Leisure and Spirituality

Cover ArtThis addition to the award-winning Engaging Culture series explores the link between leisure and spirituality, offering a Christian perspective on leisure concepts and issues in contemporary society.

Paul Heintzman, a respected scholar and experienced recreation practitioner, interacts with biblical, historical, and contemporary leisure studies sources to provide a comprehensive understanding of leisure. He also explains the importance of leisure for spiritual growth and development.


“A triumph of scholarship and a helpful guide to thinking Christianly about leisure.” – Leland Ryken, Wheaton College

“This is, quite simply, the most thorough and thoughtful book about the relationship between leisure and spirituality.” – Robert Banks, Macquarie University

“The things closest to us are often the hardest to see, understand, and talk about….Heintzman does a masterful job of casting light on many of those crucial closest things: work, rest, leisure, time, body, and soul.” – Loren Wilkinson, Regent College

“The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of Christianity and leisure.” – Karl E. Johnson, Cornell University

“Heintzman has given the Christian community a wonderful gift that will transform our perspective on common elements of our daily lives: work, rest, and play.” – Glen Van Andel, Calvin College

“Paul Heintzman has once again demonstrated why he is the quintessential Christian scholar in the study of leisure and spirituality.” – Steven N. Waller, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville


Paul Heintzman (PhD, University of Waterloo) is associate professor of leisure studies at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, and has extensive experience as a recreation practitioner throughout Canada. He previously taught at Brock University and at Acadia University. Heintzman is coeditor of Christianity and Leisure: Issues in a Pluralistic Society and is the author of numerous journal papers and book chapters on the topics of leisure and spirituality, recreation and the environment, and the philosophy and ethics of leisure.

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