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ISBN13: 9780307595591
ISBN10: 0307595595
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A thoughtful guidebook designed to make for a kinder humanity, Armstrong's inspiring and transformative examination of altruism and empathy will hopefully reach the wide audience it rightly deserves.
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One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world — author of such acclaimed books as A History of God, Islam, and Buddha — now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place.

Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life.

The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with “Imagine a World of Compassion” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She suggests concrete ways of putting compassion into action in our everyday lives. And she makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two.

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"The prolific, well-informed, and passionate Armstrong (The Case for God) writes a somewhat different book this time out, stemming from her winning a ,000 prize in 2007 to promote an idea worth spreading. She always has a thesis in her books as she sweeps over the historical development of world religions, but this is a book with an agenda: you ought to be more compassionate, and here's how. So instead of being her usual somewhat academic teacher of religious history, she is more of a personal spiritual teacher, in the vein of the Dalai Lama. That task, and corresponding tone ('Be patient with yourself during this meditation'), is not her long suit. Still, this slightly self-help-y book is deeply grounded in what Armstrong knows, and presents, well: the core teachings of all religions that can make us better, more compassionate humans. The former nun pulls ideas and references from religions Eastern and Western with aplomb and respect for all sources. This counter to the religion-is-homicidal-and-superstitious school of invective passing for thought is well-informed, welcome, and practical. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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“Karen Armstrong is a genius.” A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life

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“Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.” The New York Times Book Review

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"Armstrong is a masterful writer.” Publishers Weekly

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"Armstrong has the gift of being able to compress a lot of information into a small space without losing focus or clarity.” Edmonton Journal

About the Author

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs. In February 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working on The Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public, crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, and launched globally in the fall of 2009. She lives in London.

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Edward Cobo, June 14, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Cobo)
I am geting the print version to use WITH the author's reading of the book that I already "read" on my computer.
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writermala, March 20, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
Karen Armstrong's "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life," is in itself a journey for most of us. Karen takes us patiently and pinlesslessly from a spot of mistrust and enemity to a place where we start being compassionate to ourselves, proceed to be compassionate to those we like and end up being compassionate to the world at large. If we could but practice a fraction of what we learn here,lives will indeed be worthwhile.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307595591
Author:
Armstrong, Karen
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.78 x 5.25 x .91 in .7 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

A thoughtful guidebook designed to make for a kinder humanity, Armstrong's inspiring and transformative examination of altruism and empathy will hopefully reach the wide audience it rightly deserves.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The prolific, well-informed, and passionate Armstrong (The Case for God) writes a somewhat different book this time out, stemming from her winning a ,000 prize in 2007 to promote an idea worth spreading. She always has a thesis in her books as she sweeps over the historical development of world religions, but this is a book with an agenda: you ought to be more compassionate, and here's how. So instead of being her usual somewhat academic teacher of religious history, she is more of a personal spiritual teacher, in the vein of the Dalai Lama. That task, and corresponding tone ('Be patient with yourself during this meditation'), is not her long suit. Still, this slightly self-help-y book is deeply grounded in what Armstrong knows, and presents, well: the core teachings of all religions that can make us better, more compassionate humans. The former nun pulls ideas and references from religions Eastern and Western with aplomb and respect for all sources. This counter to the religion-is-homicidal-and-superstitious school of invective passing for thought is well-informed, welcome, and practical. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , “Karen Armstrong is a genius.”
"Review" by , “Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.”
"Review" by , "Armstrong is a masterful writer.”
"Review" by , "Armstrong has the gift of being able to compress a lot of information into a small space without losing focus or clarity.”
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