Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class

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This daily digest of intellectual challenge and learning will arouse curiosity, refresh knowledge, expand horizons, and keep the mind sharp.

Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection—collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same—a collection of 365 short lessons that will inspire and invigorate the reader every day of...
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Overview

This daily digest of intellectual challenge and learning will arouse curiosity, refresh knowledge, expand horizons, and keep the mind sharp.

Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection—collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same—a collection of 365 short lessons that will inspire and invigorate the reader every day of the year. Each daily digest of wisdom is drawn from one of seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music.

Impress your friends by explaining Plato's Cave Allegory, pepper your cocktail party conversation with opera terms, and unlock the mystery of how batteries work. Daily readings range from important passages in literature to basic principles of physics, from pivotal events in history to images of famous paintings with accompanying analysis. The book's goal is to refresh knowledge we've forgotten, make new discoveries, and exercise modes of thinking that are ordinarily neglected once our school days are behind us. Offering an escape from the daily grind to contemplate higher things, The Intellectual Devotional is a great way to awaken in the morning or to revitalize one's mind before retiring in the evening.
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We all realize that we should know more and remember better. The Intellectual Devotional is designed as a secular version of the daily devotionals that are used for religious purposes. Like them, it contains 365 short lessons: in this case, daily supplements on history, literature, philosophy, mathematics, science, religion, fine arts, and music. Each one-page digest contains detailed information on a single topic; additional facts; and recommended readings.
Library Journal

If ever a book were meant for listening, this is it. Previously available from Macmillan only as a digital download, this 2006 national best seller by Kidder and Oppenheim (Intellectual Devotional: American History) is now available for the first time on CD. The 365 daily lessons span the seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music. Narrators Oliver Wyman (www.oliverwyman.com) and Helen Litchfield, who also read for the American History entry in this series, assist listeners' efforts at retention with well-enunciated, cogent, and steadily paced readings. Absolutely essential for libraries serving populations gravitating more to CDs than digital downloads. [Audio clip available through audible.com; the next recording in this series, The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture, will be available on CD from Macmillan and Sound Library next month, in retail and library editions, respectively.-Ed.]
—Raya Kuzyk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594865138
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 225,935
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Kidder is an entrepreneur with a wide range of technology and marketing expertise. Kidder and his companies have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Fast Company. Kidder is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and was a recipient of ID magazine's International Design Award. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife, Johanna, and son.

Noah D. Oppenheim, a senior producer of NBC's Today show, has extensive experience in television and print journalism. He has produced and reported for Scarborough Country and Hardball with Chris Matthews, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, and the Weekly Standard. He resides in New York City.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    A Great Two Minutes before Bedtime.

    The Intellectual Devotional is a one page daily reminder of all the stuff you once learned and will delight in remembering once again. The American History Devotional is also terrific.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Thought provoking, makes me want to learn more!

    Before I purchased this book, I read reviews about how limited and "everyday" the knowledge in this book is. This is true to some extent, however, the book is a great primer or review of a wide array of subjects and themes. Reading this book does not endow one with great knowledge of the world, but it does remind you of things you once learned, and it makes me want to learn more about the topics, much more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    I love this book!

    I must admit to reading multiple pages per night! I make a game of going back the next day & ensuring I've committed to memory the text. Cory Countryman

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    A MARVELOUS WAY TO LEARN!

    I bought one for myself and one as a birthday gift. Both copies are being much enjoyed. I was happy to see it in the NYTimes best-seller list (paperback/non-fiction).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    A Moment to Breathe

    This book is relaxing, captivating and socially dynamic. It gives you a thought for the day and then helps to resurface it by giving links to the previous thought in later excerpts. It is definitely for those who are curious and for those who just like knowing information.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    MUCH MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

    I was very impressed by the amount of quality informaion one could write on one page.The book was so interesting I finished reading it in two days.(couldn't wait to read page a day)I recommend this book to all

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Read it. Get smarter.

    This book is excellent. Serving as a compendium of virtually all the humanities and sciences, it's well-written and entertaining. Expect information on subjects ranging from Aristotle to Quantum Mechanics. An outstanding way to pass the time in an airport, on a trip, at a meal, or just sitting by the fire.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Concise and Incisive

    It's the first thing I read every morning. Large concepts on varied topics boiled down to their one-page essence. Truly worthwhile, if you truly know how little you really know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    Become wiser in 5 minutes a day

    The Intellectual Devotional will appeal to those readers who enjoy reading widely but may have little time. The Devotional provides a year's worth of short (but thoughtful and intriguing) readings for exercising one's brain. Organized in daily readings, the book features seven disciplines:history, literature, visual arts, science, music, philosophy and religion. Each day of the week is given one of the subjects--Monday is history, Tuesday literature and so on. Where else but in a book like the Intellectual Devotional could one find a short lesson about vaccines, Virginia Woolf,the categorical imperative, or Beethoven's Ninth Symphony all in one volume? It's like a tune-up for the brain. I can appreciate that, if one follows the yearlong plan, a reader could become more knowledgeable and enlightened.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    Very insightful

    I was a little skeptical when i first picked up The Intellectual Devotional. This book expands your knowledge on 7 different topics for the week. Monday has a topic, Tuesday has a topic and so on. This book helps when you want to add to the conversation instead of listening and not understanding what is being said. I highly recommend this book if you want to broaden your horizons.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Learn something new every day!

    I like this devotional very much because you learn something new every day and your not spending time reading a HUGE chapter or articles - it's one page, couple paragraphs. You learn a new subject every day too. Math, Science, Philosphy, Entertainment etc. For those that like to constantly update their knowledge or if you just like learning little tid-bits this book is for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2006

    Loved It - Great Gift

    This book is a great idea. This is all the stuff I should know or once knew, and it's made easy. I also think it's an easy gift idea for friends. Any complaints about the type size are overstated. It's small, but within a normal range...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Interesting Read

    I find this to be an interesting read. A different topic for every day of the week. I just picked up The Intellectual Devotional American History and look forward to reading it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    Very good review!

    I must admit to reading multiple pages per night! I make a game of going back the next day & ensuring I've committed to memory the text. Cory Countryman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    Skip It

    I was very intrigued by the concept of this book and picked it up during a quick trip into a B&N store for a giftcard. How I wish I would have taken a few minutes to thumb thru the pages. After the introduction paragraph on each page, the print is ridiculously small (and I am young!) Also, anyone with even an Associates in Gen Ed or Liberal Arts, let alone a bachelor's degree or higher should definitely skip this one. It's a refresher course of rudimentary, generally known facts on widely known topics. Not what I would consider 'cultured-class' material by any means.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    Great information in short bits

    I read this book before bed every night. It has helped me learn a little bit about many different subjects. It is informative but short enough so I do not lose interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    Moderately Interesting

    I like it -- with reservations. Some entries I find arguable. I agree with one review regarding the type size - it is very small-but still readable. It does make you think and that's a good thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Very Good

    This is a great book to refresh your memory on all the things we should know. Not something that could be used for a reference book but a memory jogger!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    A good read for those of us who lead an interrupted life

    This book provides a summary of many varied topics ranging from classic literature, philosophy, religion, music, arts, history, and biographies etc... Each page represents a given day of the year with a different topic for each. It's perfect reading for those of us who just can't find enough uninterrupted time to read for more than 20-30 minutes at a time. For example, it¿s perfect for rail commuting, air flights, hiking and the occasional bathroom break. The content is interesting, concise and does broaden a person¿s knowledge. For example, there is a timely explanation on the origins of the Shiites and Sunni sects of the Muslim faith that I found interesting. The are just too many topics to include in this brief review. Overall I think it¿s a good book but could be improved with a better lay-out out in terms of organization of content, type-face and formatting. Other than that, I recommend this book for anybody seeking to broaden their knowledge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Intellectually Stimulating!

    The Intellectual Devotional is a book filled with interesting historical and artistic information. The book will take your mind on an adventure and stimulate your brain cells. However, the book falls short in that the information is not in-depth. But you could always google the topic for more information!

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