Faith Beyond Belief

Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind

After a quarter century practicing Optometry, Margaret Placentra Johnston now offers people clearer vision of a different sort - through her writing.

The author of Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind, Margaret feels the spiritual development stages have the power to bring an end to religious intolerance and should be part of the general knowledge of our culture.

She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in McLean, VA.

Faith Beyond Belief wins GOLD!!

Margaret is very pleased to share that Faith Beyond Belief has been named GOLD WINNER of the 2013 Nautilus Book Award in the category of Religion/​spirituality - western traditions.


WINNER - 2014 Beverly Hills International Book Awards
Category: spirituality


- FINALIST - 2013 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. (Category: Spirituality - General) http:/​/​​2013awardannouncement.html

-FINALIST - 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards

- HONORABLE MENTION - 2013 Southern California Book Festival

- HONORABLE MENTION - 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival

- HONORABLE MENTION - 2013 New England Book Festival

- HONORABLE MENTION - 2013 London Book Festival

Margaret Placentra Johnston's

Faith Beyond Belief is a twofold pleasure. First are the stories of ten courageous people's quests for spiritual integrity. Yet, even more compelling are author Margaret Placentra Johnston's commentaries. She helps us see how these inspiring vignettes illuminate our own search for a form of faith that connects with an ever-evolving understanding of life. Much like the Buddha more than two thousand years ago, Johnston shows us some essential steps we might take in becoming lamps unto ourselves.

Robert C. Fuller
Author: Spiritual, But Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Postmodern humanity is hungry for a postmodern faith, and Margaret Placentra Johnston offers us just that. Blending the insights of James Fowler and Paul Ricoeur with the stories of real people grappling with their own spiritual maturation, she offers us a map and a model for our own wrestling with truth. This is an important book.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro
-author of Rabbi Rami's Guide to God (Spirituality & Health Books)

This book will undoubtedly be considered one of the contributing factors in advancing our understanding of evolving human spirituality and its place in our lives in the new millennium. By acknowledging the emergence of mysticism in ordinary lives, Margaret helps to outline a way of living that is relevant, wise and healing.

Reverend Karen Tudor
-Senior Minister, Unity Church of Practical Christianity, New Braunfels, Texas
-co-host of "Biblical Power For Your Life" on Unity Online Radio (