This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

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Jay Allison, Dan Gediman
Macmillan, Oct 3, 2006 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies of a group of remarkable men and women

Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists—from the famous to the unknown—completing the thought that begins the book's title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.

Featuring a well-known list of contributors—including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike—the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk from Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells Yellow Pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board.

The result is a stirring and provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs—and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them—reveal the American spirit at its best.

 

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In an age of disinformation, spin, and lies, NPR'sThis I Believe comes as a source of refreshment and useful disquiet. NPR revived this 1950s radio series quite recently, and this collection (not ... Read full review

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I had to read this book in college. I am not religious, so i didn't care for it.

Contents

Be Cool to the Pizza Dude
7
How Is It Possible to Believe in God?
22
There Is No Job More Important than Parenting
28
A Daily Walk Just to Listen
43
An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man
58
A Goal of Service to Humankind
65
Unleashing the Power of Creativity
71
The Willingness to Work for Solutions
78
Close My Restaurant
153
The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading
159
The Rule of Law
165
Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing
168
The jOPercent Theory of Life
181
Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day
194
The Artistry in Hidden Talents
204
When Children Are Wanted
210

An Athlete of God
84
Disrupting My Comfort Zone
90
In Praise of the Wobblies
97
The Power of Presence
100
A Morning Prayer in a Little Church
115
There Is No God
129
Living Life with Grace and Elegant Treeness
135
The Bright Lights of Freedom
141
The Power of Mysteries
147
There b No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue
217
Everything Potent Is Dangerous
224
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
232
Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys
238
Agree with a Pagan
241
When Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Things
257
How to Write Your
272
Readers Guide
285
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Jay Allison is one of public radio's most honored producers. He has produced hundreds of nationally broadcast documentaries and features for radio and television. His work has earned him the duPont-Columbia and five Peabody Awards, and he was the 1996 recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio, the industry's highest honor. He was the curator and producer of This I Believe on NPR and he produces The Moth Radio Hour. Before his career in broadcasting, Jay was a theater director in Washington, D.C. He is also the founder of the public radio stations for Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod where he lives.

Dan Gediman is the executive producer of This I Believe. His work has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Marketplace, Jazz Profiles, and This American Life. He has won many of public broadcasting's most prestigious awards, including the duPont-Columbia Award.

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