I would recommend it as life and circumstances can be overwhelming. The author is the rare cheerleader that comes along to urge you forward without being smarmy or promising unreachable things.
There are a lot of little stories throughout to illustrate his daily life declarations. I often forget what the declarations are but the stories have stuck with me.
There was a young man trying to get into a prestigious college, which he would only be able to afford with at least a partial scholarship. He didn't get it and enrolled at a local junior college. Four weeks before school started, he was called by the scholarship office to say an opening had become available for a four year total scholarship. Don't let the first no discourage you.
My atypical reaction to this audiobook versus others has been repeatedly playing it. I find myself listening to it while walking, driving to work or playing video games. It's a boost akin to an extra shot of espresso.
Were there to be a print edition, it would be its own textbook.
It references an entire library of books.
This course prompted me to pick up his other Great Courses series.
Zen master Hakuin Ekaku's story is not only fascinating but very relatable to every listener.
I can't recommend this course enough. I've listened to it four times. There is so much information, you will come to the same realization quickly. It's like putting a cup under a waterfall. There's just too much to hold in a single listen. Best credit ever spent on Audible.
No characters. It's a lecture series.
I haven't but he was engaging.
I have a Christian background and didn't understand this third member of the Abrahamic tradition. There is a lot of information and you will begin to understand not only the divergence from Judaism and Christianity but the split between Sunni and Shia. I recommend it with caution because you will know that you understand more but also that a mountain of information is still out there.
It is thoroughly researched with many approaches to the understanding of evil throughout the ages.
The approach to Eichmann's trial stands out. Sometimes the most horrific of evil is enacted as if it's another boring day at the office.
He didn't perform characters but his speaking voice keeps you involved. Imagine what a great teacher who actually enjoys his job sounds like.
Not possible but the title needs clarification. It isn't 'Why Evil Exists' but is more 'A History of Evil.'
If you were looking for a deep analysis of evil as a force in this world, you may be disappointed. That said, this is as close as it will get through the Great Courses series. I enjoyed each lecture and feel I got my full credit's worth with this title.
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