Soul Boom Book Summary - Soul Boom Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro

Soul Boom summary

Rainn Wilson

Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution

4.3 (26 ratings)
15 mins

Brief summary

Soulpancake co-founder Rainn Wilson's book 'Soulpancake' is an insightful guide on finding greater purpose, fulfillment, and happiness through focused questions and deep self-reflection.

Table of Contents

    Soul Boom
    Summary of 4 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 4

    From the Wild West to the Far Reaches of Space

    The spiritual path runs in two directions – internally, toward our own peace and enlightenment, and externally, toward the greater good of humanity. The perfect way to illustrate these paths, at least for a wildly handsome actor who grew up in suburban Seattle in the 1970s, is with the television shows Kung Fu and Star Trek.

    For the uninitiated, Kung Fu starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine (let’s call him KCC for short). KCC was the orphaned child of a Chinese woman and a white man, and he was raised in a Shaolin monastery. As an adult, he traveled alone in the American Old West, following his moral compass and the spiritual lessons he learned from his Shaolin teachers, Master Kan and Master Po. They also taught him to fight like a badass, which came in handy when some ignorant cowboys were causing trouble, and that was pretty much every episode.

    The internal direction that KCC represents is the way most of us travel along the spiritual path. We seek serenity and wisdom to help make our own lives better. That’s a worthy pursuit, but most of us never travel in the opposite direction. Heck, a lot of us don’t even look that way, even though most major religions emphasize the need to serve others, especially those who need it most.

    There are many stories of the Buddha feeding and educating the less fortunate, and he sent his original troop of monks into the world with these instructions: “Wander forth for the good of many, for the welfare of many, in compassion for the world.” This actually sounds a lot like pages from the Torah that say, “Give justice to the weak and fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” It also sounds like these words of Jesus: “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay for his deed.” And how about these words from Mohammed: “The best of you is he who is most beneficial to others.”

    You might be a bit wary of religious teachings. And you might have very good reasons for it. If it makes you more comfortable, you can follow the advice of a space traveler from the future – Captain James T. Kirk. He can show us the way along the external spiritual path and how to help the greater good. That’s exactly what Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise were doing on Star Trek. The original version of the show is set in the 23rd century, a time when the people of Earth have become intellectually and spiritually enlightened. They want to spread that enlightenment to the far reaches of the galaxy, no matter how strange the planet or alien.

    While William Shatner has enjoyed a long acting career, not enough of us have emulated the character that made him famous, Captain Kirk. Yes, it’s tough to pull off the form-fitting space uniform look, but that’s not what we’re talking about. Humanity needs more Captain Kirks peering into the dark places and offering a helping hand. 

    Why? Because we are surrounded by an angry mob of pandemics.

    Want to see all full key ideas from Soul Boom?

    Key ideas in Soul Boom

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    What is Soul Boom about?

    Soul Boom (2023) is a thoughtful and entertaining exploration into what spirituality can offer us in the face of today’s many problems. Through an open inquiry into timeless spiritual wisdom, as well as a host of quirky popular culture analogies, it shows how a spiritual revolution has the potential to heal us as individuals and as a society. 

    Soul Boom Review

    Soul Boom (2022) by Rainn Wilson is a captivating exploration of spirituality, creativity, and personal growth. Why should you read it? Here's why:

    • It offers a refreshing and thought-provoking perspective on the intersection between spirituality and art, inspiring readers to tap into their creative potential.
    • With engaging storytelling and personal anecdotes, the book takes you on a journey of self-discovery and encourages you to embrace authenticity and embrace your passions.
    • The author's wit and humor adds an enjoyable and lighthearted touch to the book, ensuring that it never feels dull or preachy.

    Who should read Soul Boom?

    • Spiritually-minded people who want to deepen their understanding of the soul
    • People who want to see positive change in the world
    • Anyone who knows who Dwight Schrute is

    About the Author

    Rainn Wilson is a three-time Emmy-award nominated actor best known for his role as Dwight in the US The Office. He is co-founder of the digital media company SoulPancake, and also hosts the docu-series Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss. This is his second book. 

    Categories with Soul Boom

    Book summaries like Soul Boom

    People ❤️ Blinkist 
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked these summaries

    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    31 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    10+ years
    Experience igniting personal growth
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial

    Soul Boom FAQs 

    What is the main message of Soul Boom?

    Embrace your inner creativity and find fulfillment through artistic expression.

    How long does it take to read Soul Boom?

    The reading time for Soul Boom varies, but it typically takes several hours. The Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is Soul Boom a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Soul Boom is a thought-provoking book that inspires creative exploration. Worth your time!

    Who is the author of Soul Boom?

    Rainn Wilson is the author of Soul Boom.

    What to read after Soul Boom?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Soul Boom, here are some recommendations we suggest:
    • Super Human by Dave Asprey
    • The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin
    • The Amen Effect by Sharon Brous
    • Time Smart by Ashley Whillans
    • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    • Activate Your Brain by Scott G. Halford
    • Workstyle by Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst
    • Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business) by Tabitha Brown
    • Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell
    • 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn