The Life of Meaning

The Life of Meaning

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by Bob Abernethy, William Bole, William Bole, Tom Brokaw
     
 

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PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, which Bob Abernethy conceived and anchors, has been described as "the best spot on the television landscape to take in the broad view of the spiritual dimension of American life . . ." by the Christian Science Monitor. "Finally," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle, "something intelligent on TV about religion." Now, together with

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PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, which Bob Abernethy conceived and anchors, has been described as "the best spot on the television landscape to take in the broad view of the spiritual dimension of American life . . ." by the Christian Science Monitor. "Finally," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle, "something intelligent on TV about religion." Now, together with his coauthor William Bole, Abernethy has turned his attention to making a book that asks all the big questions—and elicits the most surprising answers from a who’s-who of today’s serious religious and spiritual thinkers from across the spectrum of faiths and denominations.
In this thoughtful collection, extraordinary people give their personal and private accounts of their own spiritual struggle. Their insights on community, prayer, suffering, religious observance, the choice to live with or without a god, and the meanings that are gleaned from everyday life form an elegant meditation on the desire for something beyond what we can see and measure.
More than fifty contributors, including Jimmy Carter, Francis Collins, The Dalai Lama, Robert Franklin, Irving Greenberg, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Harold Kushner, Anne Lamott, Madeleine L’Engle, Thomas Lynch, Martin Marty, Mark Noll, Rachel Remen, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor, Studs Terkel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Phyllis Tickle, Desmond Tutu, Jean Vanier, and Marianne Williamson.

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For the last 11 years, Abernethy has been host of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, a PBS show focusing on how people's spiritual/religious beliefs guide their lives. Here, Abernethy, coauthor Bole, and the NewsWeekly staff have gathered essays by 59 individuals who have appeared as guests on the program. Some are famous, like the Dalai Lama and Jimmy Carter, while others are more obscure scholars and practitioners. All their essays are extremely personal and written from the heart. Even well-known religious scholars such as Martin Marty (emeritus, Univ. of Chicago) and Diana Eck (Harvard Univ.), who could have dazzled us with dense, academic theological prose, instead speak quietly and earnestly of their relationship with God or gods, their beliefs concerning good and evil, the place of humans in a spiritual environment, and their ultimate search for meaning in this chaotic universe. This is not for the serious theological thinker, but for the common layperson wanting to read a thinking and feeling person's opinions, doubts, and concerns about the deep mysteries in our spiritual lives. Best read beside a fireplace on a cold, wintry night; recommended for public libraries.
—Glenn Masuchika

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583228296
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

BOB ABERNETHY is the executive editor and host of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, which he developed and created for PBS in 1997. Before launching the series, he had served as a correspondent for NBC News for more than four decades, reporting from Washington, Los Angeles, London, and Moscow. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
WILLIAM BOLE’s articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Commonweal magazines. A research fellow of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and an editorial consultant at Boston College, he lives in Andover, Massachusetts.

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The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful and inspiring collection of essays. This book made me think about the big questions - the presence of God in our everyday lives, the nature of Divine Grace, and how great men and women characterize their relationship with Higher Powers. 'The Life of Meaning' speaks to me on many levels, and helps me find balance in the ever- changing, perpetually confusing, and suffering-ridden world we live in.
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