Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters--and How to Talk About It [NOOK 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 ...
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Overview

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.


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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101202142
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 282,753
  • File size: 201 KB

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Genesis: How We Got Here     1
Remembering Forward     18
Rethinking Religious Truth     41
Speaking of Faith     109
Exposing Virtue     172
Confessing Mystery     206
Index     233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Tippett has scored a real victory for communicating effectively and inspiring any age reader.

    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 ?

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    The Big Picture of Faith(s)

    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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