Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters--and How to Talk About It

Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters--and How to Talk About It

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by Krista Tippett
     
 

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An intimate, thought-provoking, and original appraisal of the meaning of religion in our time- from the creator and host of public radio's Speaking of Faith

Krista Tippett, widely becoming known as the Bill Moyers of radio, is one of the country's most intelligent and insightful commentators on religion, ethics, and the human spirit. With this book

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An intimate, thought-provoking, and original appraisal of the meaning of religion in our time- from the creator and host of public radio's Speaking of Faith

Krista Tippett, widely becoming known as the Bill Moyers of radio, is one of the country's most intelligent and insightful commentators on religion, ethics, and the human spirit. With this book, she draws on her own life story and her intimate conversations with both ordinary and famous figures, including Elie Wiesel, Karen Armstrong, and Thich Nhat Hanh, to explore complex subjects like science, love, virtue, and violence within the context of spirituality and everyday life. Her way of speaking about the mysteries of life-and of listening with care to those who endeavor to understand those mysteries-is nothing short of revolutionary.

Krista Tippett's newest book, Becoming Wise, will be published on April 5, 2016.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In a day where religion-or, rather arguments over religion-divide us into ever more entrenched and frustrated camps, Krista Tippett is exactly the measured, balanced commentator we need."
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

"Tippett's prose is lyrical and profound; her arguments should move the secularist and the dogmatist alike to a new vision of peace."
-Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

Publishers Weekly

Tippett, creator and host of Public Radio's Speaking of Faith, offers a challenging book that is part intellectual autobiography, part rumination on the issues of the day. It begins with a fairly detailed discussion of the death of "secularization theory" as outlined by Harvey Cox and others—not a typical opening salvo for a spiritual memoir—and then reveals Tippett's own intellectual and spiritual formation. She discusses at length how her views were shaped not only by her Southern Baptist grandfather in Oklahoma, or by her adolescent rejection of his rigidity, but by the time she spent in East and West Germany in her 20s, first as a journalist and then as a diplomat. She followed this period with marriage and a stint in England before taking the plunge and enrolling in divinity school in the early 1990s. More than a personal chronicle, however, this is a rigorously brainy piece of work, as informed by the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, Charles Darwin and Annie Dillard as it is by Tippett's fascinating interviews with figures like Elie Wiesel and Karen Armstrong. As Tippett takes on issues from the science-and-religion debates to the future of progressive Islam, she shows herself to possess the same "imaginative intellectual approach" that she admires in some of her interview subjects. (Mar.)

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Library Journal
Faith had answers for Tippett that politics did not, explains the host of public radio's Speaking of Faith program-who once served as a diplomat in Berlin. With an eight-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143113188
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/29/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
142,651
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Yossi Klein Halevi
There is no more trustworthy guide to the challenges of faith in a dangerous world than Krista Tippett. Her wonderful new book, Speaking of Faith, confronts the most crucial issue facing humanity today: the role of religion in creating conflict and in healing conflict. Like the radio program of the same name that she hosts, this book challenges the reader with unconventional wisdom and inspires with unsentimental hope. Speaking of Faith proves it possible to be passionate about one's own faith commitment while attentive to the passionate commitments of others. Krista Tippett has created an original and authentic place in the great debate of our time. (Yossi Klein Halevi, journalist and author, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land)
Patrick Henry
This book is a marvel. Krista Tippett is in the front rank of fluent writers of English. Her love of the language suffuses every page. I suspect that Speaking of Faith will soon join the constellation of Dakota and Traveling Mercies as a provoker and reassurer. Krista Tippett's contribution to the understanding of Islam can be of unique importance. But it's not just head-understanding that she makes possible. It's ubuntu - a concept she describes from her interviews with Africans, a sense of our common and interdependent humanity. (Patrick Henry, former Executive Director, the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research; author of The Ironic Christian's Companion; Editor, Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of St. Benedict )
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Speaking of Faith is of monumental importance and a source of light in a day and age when the darkness of intolerance, ignorance and hate blinds humanity from itself. (Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, professor of law, UCLA; author, The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists)
Rachel Naomi Remen
I inhaled (this book) in one great life-affirming breath. (Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings)
Diane Raabe
As creator and host of public radio's Speaking of Faith program, Krista Tippett has spent countless hours doing just that. Her conversations with religious authorities, scholars and others are borne of a treasure trove of intellect and interest, including her own. Overflowing with gems of wisdom, Speaking of Faith, the book, offers thoughts on matters related to faith, religion and spirituality worth not just reading but pondering as deeply as one's imagination allows. (Diane Raabe, Gather.com)
Elizabeth Gilbert
In a day where religion—or, rather arguments over religion—divide us into ever more entrenched and frustrated camps, Krista Tippett is exactly the measured, balanced commentator we need. (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love)
Andrew Solomon
Tippett's prose is lyrical and profound; her arguments should move the secularist and the dogmatist alike to a new vision of peace. (Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon)
From the Publisher
"In a day where religion-or, rather arguments over religion-divide us into ever more entrenched and frustrated camps, Krista Tippett is exactly the measured, balanced commentator we need."
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

"Tippett's prose is lyrical and profound; her arguments should move the secularist and the dogmatist alike to a new vision of peace."
-Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

Meet the Author

A journalist and former diplomat, Krista Tippett has created, hosted, and produced the popular public radio program Speaking of Faith since it began as an occasional feature in 2000, before taking on its current form as a national weekly program in 2003. She came up with the idea for Speaking of Faith while consulting for the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some weeks ago I had the privilege of hearing Krista Tippett address a large ecumenical group in Ft. Collins First Methodist Church (CO). She was all you would want in an inspiring, motivating, and humanly speaking, a comfortable speaker, comfortable for the person listening whose traditional religious commitment was strong or not so strong. Her sharing of her own spiritual journey as it has taken her through her education, her life experiences, and her thoughts of others on their journey, was clear and compelling. Tippett speaks of faith so naturally and with such interest in her reader's own faith problems as she tells the story of her own faith journey. Many of us were spurred to adopt her book "Speaking of Faith" as our book club choice, mainly because it is both informative and earnestly provocative. What more could a book club ask for ?
JAMOH More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be intellectually stimulating and freeing, as Krista Tippett looks at the big picture of faith and religion, two different concepts. Her openness to all faiths and religious expressions allows the reader to examine and value his or her own belief and to appreciate that of others. Tippett brings her years of excellent interviews to bear on her ideas, as well as her own life experience which is rich.
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