Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiographyby Huston Smith
“In this delightful autobiography, Smith tells us how he became the dean of world religion experts. Along the way we meet the people who shaped him and shared his journey—a Who’s Who of 20th century spiritual America: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Merton and Pete Seeger.... A
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“In this delightful autobiography, Smith tells us how he became the dean of world religion experts. Along the way we meet the people who shaped him and shared his journey—a Who’s Who of 20th century spiritual America: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Merton and Pete Seeger.... A valuable master class on faith and life.”
— San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
As Stephen Hawking is to science; as Peter Drucker is to economics; and as Joseph Campbell is to mythology; so Huston Smith is to religion. Tales of Wonder is the personal story of the author of the classic The World’s Religions, the man who taught a nation about the great faiths of the world, and his fascinating encounters with the people who helped shape the 20th century.
The Washington Post
Nearing 90, the author of the classic The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions has at last written a memoir. Remarkably brief and humbly written for a man of Smith's fame and accomplishment, Tales deals simply with his life and his encounters with the great and the good (Eleanor Roosevelt, D.T. Suzuki, and Frithjof Schuon, to name a few). Essential for students of religion and highly recommended for others as well.
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Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why Religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.
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This is a great book. After reading three of his other books, he does tend to repeat himself here and there. I expected this book to be full of emotion, and it wasn't. It was very "matter of fact: this is my life-no judgements". Which, only shows that he actually follows what he teaches. The basics of every religion.
Huston Smith shares his spiritual journey in these pages, and what a journey it is. Always grounded in his Christian faith, Smith also practices Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. His life and teaching intertwine and we are privileged to get a glimpse into the broad mind and deep heart of this remarkable person. If you have read other books by Smith, this one will give you deeper insight into the person behind and within those books. If you have not, this would be a wonderful introduction.
Shoulda, woulda, coulda been sooo much better.
This autobiography of Huston Smith truly tells his "adventures chasing the divine." Not only does the reader get a good understanding of the world religions that Huston immersed himself in, but also the joys and sorrows of a life fully lived. It offers direction for those beginning young adulthood, inspiration for all those living into their tenth decade, and hope for those on the path in between.