Krista Tippett is interesting, informed, and quite amazing on the subject of religion. She's very quotable. This is not quite a casual read-- it's deep and I found it deeply satisfying. Tippett's approach is interfaith. She speaks of Christianity, but she also speaks of other faiths and of the human quest for meaning. This is less a conversation from within the confines of religion's structures than it is a sophisticated exploration of the ways people experience faith and spirituality-- what we think we are experiencing, and what we think we know. Here's a sample: "[W]e can't compare faith flatly to reason and declare it intellectually inferior. Its territory is the drama of human life, where art is more precise than science, where ideas are lived and breathed."
The paperback edition of the book that I had ordered included an excellent discussion guide, etc. The cover picture shown on your site was of that specific editioHowever, when I received the two copies I had ordered, it was not of that edition, not of the book that you have pictured on your site. Very, very disappointing. I returned the two books. You re-embursed the money. I would much rather that you had sought the correct edition and sent me that. I hope the selling of editions other than the ones pictured or described is not something that happens with any kind of frequency, either with books, CDs or DVDs. This is the first time it has happened for me. The book itself is extraordinary. I found the harcover in a sale bin and thought it was a collection of her interviews on NPR. But it is her memoir, her own faith development - filled with thought provoking, faith enriching and spirit stirring insights. Beautifully written and definitely motivating the reader to go one his/her own spiritual journey. Her analysis of power and influence of religion, especially fundamentalism, gives great understanding of what is happening in our world today. And even more, may help individuals understand their own knee-jerk reactions to their own ungospel-like attitudes of exclusion, rather than inclusion. For me the book holds wisdom that deserves a wide readership. And that is why I buy many copies to give to friends, and to encourage people in church ministry to use as a guide in faith/ministry/awareness expansion. I myself am a Catholic priest - and I felt the Holy Spirit's "ru'ah" upon me the whole time I was reading this book.
Krista Tippets has a unique, loving and nonjudgemental approach to people of all religions. This book is both biographical and reflective of the wonderful interviews Krista does on Speaking of Faith, a public radio program on spirituality. Krista has developed an inclusive, thoughtul, humorous and loving approach to interviewing great spiritual leaders and scholars of all faiths, which details the individual nature of human spirituality. Krista looks for common ground with other seekers, providing a refreshing alternative to religious stereotypes that classify, generalize, and pass judgement on the spirituality of other cultures. Krista' changed from a bright, international political negotiator, without an active faith, to a divinity student 2 years later. Krista now is a professor of religion and has developed an unusual ability to make people feel comfortable talking about their spiritual growth. I highly recommend this book for all who seek a deeper relationship with God, as it is fascinating and easy reading. I listen with fascination to Krista's 6 AM "Speaking of Faith" on MPBN each Sunday morning in Maine for inspiration.
Enjoyed this book immensely for many reasons. The transparency .........covering various religions and beliefs w/out attacking anyone. I felt I was alongside Krista as she was reliving her life experiences and so appreciated her ability to share her struggles, her victories and those wonderful people along the way she interviewed who also shared such wisdom around how we all need to walk the earth together not in tolerance but in unity! I will be reading this again as once is not enough to digest everything! I purposely purchased this on my Kindle so I wouldn't mark the book up! I will be purchasing a hard copy in hopes of getting some of my friends/family to read it!
Everyone has a unique life, but Krista Tippet has had opportunities way beyond the wildest dreams of most truth seekers. Her book chronicles a life rich in personal encounters with notable people from around the world. It is a long list. Not all of them are religious, but all are remarkable as unique spokespersons for some facet of that grand human attempt to make sense of things.
This was my kind of book. I love to write in the margins, pose questions, add counter points etc.. It is not supposed to be a light or fun read. She is asking questions, hard questions that even the best and brightest of her guests struggle with. It is as others have suggested, an extended conversation. And it is a conversation that we can sit in on! My only regret is that I could not physically be there to ask my own questions or put in my 2 cents worth.
Krista is no slouch herself. She was the perfect person to have all these opportunities. I hope she has the strength to continue these conversations. I worry a little that the shear weight of all the uncertainties and complexities she immerses herself in will take a toll. As she ends the book I can't tell if her glass is half full or half empty. But I know I desperately want to reach out to her and say, here are a few more pieces I have found to put in your glass.