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

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by David S. Kidder, Noah D. Oppenheim
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594865138
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
158,273
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.26(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID S. KIDDER is an entrepreneur with a wide range of technology and marketing experience. Kidder and his companies have appeared in articles in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other publications. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife Johanna, their new baby, Jack, and Bella, their charismatic dog.

NOAH D. OPPENHEIM, a 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 lives in New York City with his wife Allison.

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Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
LoveHistoryVA More than 1 year ago
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.
TheReaderCA More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I make time in the morning to read the Bible, now I make a little more time to read a section of this book! I am college educated and consider myself very well read but I am learning TONS of things I didn't know. Often I can't stop at the day I am supposed to read and I keep going. I hope the authors will continue with another volume!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't realize how little you really know about so many topics until you get a few weeks into this book. The book is smartly divided into daily doses of always important material. Each weekday has the same major subject, like science, from week to week. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning more about science, art, history, literature and so much more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.