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  • The Second Mountain

  • How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Author David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pursue meaning, reject hyper-individualism

  • By Adam Shields on 05-07-19

A good book to read in divisive times

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Reviewed: 06-13-19

A very thoughtful and interesting read. No one book explains it all, but this book makes a meaningful contribution. It helps me understand society and my individual motivations and hopefully climb the second mountain.

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls

  • By: Gary A. Rendsburg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary A. Rendsburg
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Whether complete or only fragmentary, the 930 extant Dead Sea Scrolls irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice. Now you can get a comprehensive introduction to this unique series of archaeological documents, and to scholars' evolving understanding of their authorship and significance, with these 24 lectures. Learn what the scrolls are, what they contain, and how the insights they offered into religious and ancient history came into focus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A comprehensive overview of the Qumran Scrolls

  • By Jacobus on 09-25-13

Well Organized and presented

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-18

What does Professor Gary A. Rendsburg Ph.D. New York University bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Professor Rendsburg has obviously spent a great deal of time organizing the material to make it understandable and interesting. I give it an "A."