Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 186 pages
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Certain questions are common to all of us as human beings. Why was I born? What??'s important in life? How do I know the right thing to do? What does it mean to "make a difference"? What??'s wrong with me ? why can???t I change? Such questions are so deeply human that they transcend time and place, religions and cultures.

In this inviting book Joan Chittister presents the insights of others from different cultures throughout history who have grappled with the same kinds of life questions that plague us here and now. Through stories and wisdom literature from major religious traditions ? Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam ? Chittister highlights practical, universal truths and deftly shows how each spiritual tradition brings a special gift to the art of living a meaningful, spiritually aware life.

A rich exploration of spirituality, Welcome to the Wisdom of the World addresses some of our most challenging issues ? ambition, security, romance, abandonment, failure, and more ? acknowledging the truth we can find in the wisdom of our human past and the connections we can make through our differences. This is a book for anyone who wants to grow spiritually and to become more fully human.

  

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Review: Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You: Universal Spiritual Insights Distilled from Five Religious Traditions

User Review  - Jennifer Olson - Goodreads

I read this for a book club and honestly had very mixed feelings about what the author was trying to do in the book. Each chapter takes on a question of meaning, such as what is the purpose of life ... Read full review

Review: Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You: Universal Spiritual Insights Distilled from Five Religious Traditions

User Review  - Ms. B - Goodreads

DNF (Did not finish) - lost interest after the chapter on Christianity. I was expecting the chapter on Christianity to contain stories from the Bible. Perhaps, from some of Jesus' teachings from the ... Read full review

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Contents

Why Does My Life Feel So Hectic
3
Why Does the Thought of Getting Older Bother Me?
11
What Does It Mean to Make a Difference?
20
What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?
26
How Can I Learn to Let Go of the Past?
32
BUDDHIST ENLIGHTENMENT
39
Would I Do It All Again?
41
How Do I Know the Right Thing to Do?
47
Why Cant I Just Get Away from It All?
105
What Does It Take to Put Excitement
111
How Will I Know Truth When I See It?
117
Whats Wrong with Me Why Cant I Change?
123
What Is the Purpose of Life?
128
ISLAMIC SUBMISSION
133
What Is There to Get Up for in the Morning?
135
Where Is God?
141

How Do I Know the Right Thing to Do?
53
What Does It Take to Succeed?
60
Is It Possible to Make Up for Past Mistakes?
65
JEWISH COMMUNITY
71
Where Did I Lose My Idealism?
73
Why Do I Feel Stuck?
79
What Can I Do When Enough Is Enough?
85
Does Anything Really Matter?
91
Why Was I Born?
97
CHRISTIAN LOVE
103
What Is Happiness?
148
Whats Important in Life?
154
Why Do I Feel That Something Is Missing in My Life?
161
THE ROOTS OF TRADITION
167
Hindu Wisdom and Eternal Meaning
169
Buddhist Enlightenment and Desirelessness
173
Judaism Community of Justice and Joy
177
Christianity The Call to the Beatitudes
180
Islam Community of Witness and Submission
183
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