Love and Compassion Is My Religion: A Beginner’s Book into Spirituality


Jane Zarse grew up the child of privilege in Lake Forest, Illinois. She attended a prestigious academy, drove a new Audi to school, and discovered the love of boys. She also discovered alcohol—which quickly became her crutch.

In Love and Compassion Is My Religion, Zarse gives readers a heartfelt look at how she finally learned to love herself. She fought bulimia and drank to excess after graduating from Boston University, then worked first as an actress and later as a high-volume trader at Chicago’s Options Exchange. She lacked compassion for others, but didn’t realize why until much later. The reason? She didn’t love herself.

But everything broke open after Zarse’s mother died of a heart attack and she divorced her husband. At first the downward spiral was steep, but then she found the strength to pick herself up and finally seek help.

Love and Compassion Is My Religion is a guide to finding your spiritual self—no matter how much you’ve sinned or lost yourself. It’s a guide to how to find your way back. Zarse using her own excesses as an example, shows how it can be done.



“Loved that she reconnected with herself, and was able to find out who she really was. Would have loved to learn about or if she ever reconnected with those she hurt along the way.” By Cindi G

“There is a new spirituality and self-love book in town. Zarse strongly believes that her memoir can give you guidance in dark times, that much is obvious. There are so many events outlined in her book. Growing up privileged meant receiving the finer things in life from the beginning. Yet, despite her success, Zarse found herself ensorcelled by alcoholism. This is such a recognizable element that most people can understand, even if you have never been alcoholic. Addiction comes in many forms. People lose a lot to this devastating dependency. For Zarse, it was her marriage, friends, her mother, and so much more. Yet, she devoted herself to one thing and was able to see the light in the darkness. But through hard work and devotion, she found peace. This alone makes the book a striking read. High recommended for anyone who is struggling or knows someone who is struggling to get out of a hard place. Thought provoking and full of eloquence.” by V. Taylor


Jane Zarse was born in Lake Forest, Illinois. She grew up in the private school world of privilege and excess as she spiraled into alcoholism before joining Alcoholics Anonymous and finding her way back. In Love and Compassion Is My Religion, she writes about learning to love herself again and how finding spirituality helped her do so.



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