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  • St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate: Icons | Karen Armstrong

    St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate: Icons

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    St. Paul is known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, authoring fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament. But as Karen Armstrong demonstrates in St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history.

    Rev. David B. Smith says: "Devoid of fresh insight"
  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life | Karen Armstrong

    Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    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.

    Elizabeth L. Smithson says: "An Accessible, Digestible Manifesto About Kindness"
  • Buddha | Karen Armstrong

    Buddha

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    This rich, timely, and highly original portrait of the Buddha explores both the archetypal religious icon and Buddha the man. In lucid and compelling prose, Armstrong brings to life the Buddha's quest, from his renunciation of his privileged life to the discovery of a truth that he believed would utterly transform human beings and enable them to live at peace in the midst of life's suffering.

    Fred says: "Buddha (Unabridged)"
  • The Case for God | Karen Armstrong

    The Case for God

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great recasting of how God should be interpreted"
  • Islam: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles] | Karen Armstrong

    Islam: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    Best-selling author and renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world's fastest-growing faith. Beginning with the Prophet Muhammad's flight from Medina and concluding with an examination of modern Islamic practices and concerns, Armstrong delivers an unbiased overview. She contends that no religion is more feared and misunderstood by the Western world as Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course.

    Amazon Customer says: "Read the Book, pass on the audible!"
  • Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time | Karen Armstrong

    Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    From the best-selling author of Islam: A Short History comes an important addition to the Eminent Lives book series. A former Roman Catholic nun and winner of a Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award, Karen Armstrong shows how Muhammad's life can teach us a great deal about our world. More is known about Muhammad than any other major religion founder, yet he remains mysterious.

    Amazon Customer says: "down to the man"
  • Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence | Karen Armstrong

    Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11 perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness - something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present.

    Milton Big Elk says: "Rethinking Violence and Religion"
  • The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions | Karen Armstrong

    The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

    Laura says: "Fills in the blanks"
  • The Bible: A Biography: Books That Changed the World | Karen Armstrong

    The Bible: A Biography: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
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    As the work at the heart of Christianity, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world's most widely distributed book, having been translated into over 2,000 languages, as well as the world's best-selling book, year after year. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history.

    Gary says: "Great Listen"
  • The Future of God: The Reclaiming of Spirituality’s Mystical Roots | Karen Armstrong

    The Future of God: The Reclaiming of Spirituality’s Mystical Roots

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    What does tomorrow hold for the way we worship God? In The Future of God, Karen Armstrong guides us through a bewildering landscape, over many centuries and civilizations, to show how our concept of God has evolved with the passage of time. Armstrong suggests ways that prayer, imagination, and silence can help everyone on the spiritual path today enter the mystery within our depths and recognize God in ourselves and others.

  • A Short History of Myth: The Myths | Karen Armstrong

    A Short History of Myth: The Myths

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.

    maggie0405 says: "Good but not unabridged"
  • The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions | Karen Armstrong

    The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
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    From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.

    Gary says: "Great Book"
  • A Short History of Myth | Karen Armstrong

    A Short History of Myth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    Human beings have always been myth makers. Karen Armstrong's concise yet compelling investigation into the history of myth takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years.

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