Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

by Huston Smith


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Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography by 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 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780061154270
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 209
Sales rank: 555,206
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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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Jack Miles

Smith is America’s best-loved religion tutor.

Bill Moyers

One of our foremost scholars and interpreters of the world’s religions . . . What he has learned, he has applied to life.

Pico Iyer

Smith has long been our clearest and most radiant explorer of all the world’s great religions. Thank heavens for such wisdom, delivered with light and fire!

Thomas Moore

Huston Smith is the world’s ambassador to religions everywhere.

Anne Lamott

My admiration for Huston Smith’s work is boundless. With each new book I have been astonished, edified, and greatly heartened by his brilliant mind and heart. He is the wisest, sanest religious scholar of them all, and so wonderfully readable.

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Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PearlWinters More than 1 year ago
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.
DaB1959 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shoulda, woulda, coulda been sooo much better.
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SalJune More than 1 year ago
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.
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