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From the Bible to folk stories and poetry, a collection of wisdom from around the world

Perfect for anyone seeking inspiration and insight in their daily life, this inspiring book brings together knowledge from around the world and through the ages. Drawing on a rich treasure of wisdom from a diverse array of sources, this collection looks to the Bible, new science and new cosmology, native spirituality, folk stories, natural history, poetry, and ...

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The Way of Wisdom

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Overview

From the Bible to folk stories and poetry, a collection of wisdom from around the world

Perfect for anyone seeking inspiration and insight in their daily life, this inspiring book brings together knowledge from around the world and through the ages. Drawing on a rich treasure of wisdom from a diverse array of sources, this collection looks to the Bible, new science and new cosmology, native spirituality, folk stories, natural history, poetry, and commentary on life situations by wise people, such as Desmond Tutu and Kahlil Gibran. The themes and different types of wisdom include original wisdom—the wisdom that makes possible the known universe; natural wisdom—the wisdom in the created world; native wisdom—the wisdom expressed in all traditions from the earliest stages of the human journey; life wisdom—practical wisdom gathered and passed on; desert wisdom, which is gathered in the dark times; guiding wisdom, which gives direction; and unfolding wisdom, which reveals not all questions can be answered.

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Publishers Weekly
"Wisdom is a creating force," writes Silf (One Hundred Wisdom Stories), and indeed she has used wise words to build this collection of quotations, gathering ideas from contemporary spiritual leaders, timeless traditions, scientists, popular authors, and scripture. Expanding on the passages are the author's eloquent reflections on humanity's connectedness, the gift of life, and feeling God's presence. Seven "wisdom themes" are used to organize the work, among them "Original Wisdom," which explores human understanding of how the universe came to be; "Indigenous Wisdom," which collects Aboriginal and Native American perspectives; and "Desert Wisdom," which refers to the spiritual desert, an experience of struggle that can provide opportunities for new growth. Though she embraces diverse religious traditions, readers should know that Silf is primarily a Christian writer. Often, in the midst of pan-religious balance a Christian passage or sentiment is given more weight, as, for example, the unequivocal phrase "Jesus of Nazareth, the purest image of the living God." This is a readable and uplifting anthology, but Silf should have remained universal or else focused specifically on Christian wisdom rather than subtly privileging it amid universal references. (Nov.)
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"In language as plain as it is powerful, Silf lays out the choices of life and reveals that in the end making the wise move is always choiceless."  —Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness on Wise Choices

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745957524
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson
  • Publication date: 2/17/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Margaret Silf is a well-known retreat leader and the author of At Sea with God, Close to the Heart, Companions of ChristInner Compass, Sacred Spaces, The Gift of Prayer, and Wise Choices.

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