ISBN-10:
0802828949
ISBN-13:
9780802828941
Pub. Date:
07/24/2007
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You: Universal Spiritual Insights Distilled from Five Religious Traditions

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

by Joan Chittister
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ISBN-13: 9780802828941
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/24/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue: Answers from the Ages     xi
Hindu Wisdom     1
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
How Do I Know Who to Follow?     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
Why Can't I Just Get Away from It All?     105
What Does It Take to Put Excitement Back into Life?     111
How Will I Know Truth When I See It?     117
What's Wrong with Me: Why Can't 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
What Is Happiness?     148
What's Important in Life?     154
Why Do I Feel That Something Is Missing in My Life?     161
Epilogue: 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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Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You: Universal Spiritual Insights Distilled from Five Religious Traditions 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MarthaHuntley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book very hard going -- not gracefully written, too general to make its points effectively. And some of it is just plain hogwash ("Each of the great spiritual traditions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- has multiple variations of one basic message. They spring from the same kind of spiritual impulse and seek the same kinds of spiritual things." p. 167). The best thing about the book is the stories from the traditions (not the scriptures, notice) of the religions that illustrate themes that interest her. I noticed all the Islmaic stories the author offers are Sufi, which hardly represents mainline Islam. Also, all the stories in the Christian tradition are from the Desert Fathers. She really doesn't give any knowledgable definition or understanding of the world religions -- in the Hinduism summation at the end, she doesn't include a single date. She seems to be looking for feel good answers to universal questions, but that isn't really what any of the world religions are primarily about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago