Elizabeth L. Smithson

Denton, TX USA
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  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
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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.

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  • An Accessible, Digestible Manifesto About Kindness

  • By Elizabeth L. Smithson on 01-15-14

An Accessible, Digestible Manifesto About Kindness

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Reviewed: 01-15-14

I would (and have) confidently recommend this book to friends and colleagues. Far from being "too Eastern" in philosophy or "too Western," far from "too religious" or "too secular," Karen Armstrong really acutely and sensitively touches on the issues of religion, faith, and being a good person — and how the three are not always mutually exclusive, but aren't necessarily natural bedfellows either. I really appreciated her slow narration of the book so I could follow along while working without missing too much on the first run through and it's a digestible length, so you can definitely finish this in a couple of days max. Good luck! Hope you like it as much as I did.

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