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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608680711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608680719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for And Live Rejoicing:

“When I think of Huston Smith, the word radiance comes to mind. And that generous radiance shines through this extraordinary book — a tribute to his delight in the joy at the heart of things. He has had a reverence for and a delight in everyone he has met. Someone once wrote of Shakespeare’s immense intelligent charity. That’s Huston. His unique gift to us is the generous radiance of the joining of his sharp intellect with his universal spirit. At the same time, this book reveals the richness of the great spiritual traditions, which call us to be generously human. A healing and hilarious book for our time.”
Alan Jones, dean emeritus of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and honorary canon of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres

“One loves what Huston Smith brings to us as one loves an unfailing source of light and warmth. A book — a life — that nourishes the spirit as it opens the heart.”
Jacob Needleman, author of An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth

“An enthusiastic discourse on authentic joy, and Smith’s joy resonates from every page. His missionary lineage and childhood in rural China...positioned him to look at life through a different lens. As he matured, he made a decision to use that lens to find the humanity at the heart of what he perceived. Humble, kind, and nonconforming, Smith gives readers the gift of observing through the obvious to the core of existence and the eternal spirit that is our birthright.”
Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

Praise for Huston Smith and His Previous Books:

“My idea of heaven (on earth) is sitting in a room and listening to Huston Smith.”
Pico Iyer, author of The Global Soul

“Sometimes [Huston Smith] becomes as spontaneous and radiant as the ineffable beauty he talks about....A clean wind of truth blows through his presence. He always makes me feel more alive! He knows, and lives, and loves whereof he speaks.”
Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book

“I read Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions as a teenager. It was the most influential event in my life. He has shaped my thinking and my lifelong quest, and guided me to where I am today.”
Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and War of the Worldviews

“Huston Smith’s words serve me well in traversing my spiritual path.”
Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now

“Huston Smith approaches religion with the wisdom of a philosopher and the wonder of a child. He looks for similarities that unite, not differences that divide. He comes armed with knowledge and blessed with understanding.”
Don Lattin, author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club

“[The World’s Religions] is the one book on religion I can’t do without. I return to it often — and always with reward.”
Bill Moyers

About the Author

Huston Smith is recognized and revered as the preeminent teacher of world religions and a prolific author. He was the focus of the five-part television series The Wisdom of Faith hosted by Bill Moyers.

Phil Cousineau is an editor, filmmaker, creativity consultant, literary tour leader, and the author of numerous books, including The Art of Pilgrimage.

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David Crumm
And if you are over 70, as I am, and are looking for a model of aging not only with grace but with gusto, style, and flair, look no further: Huston Smith is your man!
Parker J. Palmer
He tells his stories with ease, honesty and as someone who truly realizes his good fortune to have lived an adventurous and privileged life.
Marilyn Dalrymple

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Dalrymple VINE VOICE on August 29, 2012
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Born in 1919, Huston Smith had the privilege of being born to parents who were missionaries. I say privileged, although he grew up in rural China which was known for poverty, Smith sees the experience as having lived an enriched life. "Even now, as an adult in my twilight years, I don't think of myself as having been deprived, for growing up in China immeasurably enriched my life by expanding experience," he says.

He feels he has lived two different lives. "Being raised in an ancient world meant owning far less paraphernalia, while my life in modern America has meant accumulating more encumbrances than I think I need." I envy Smith for his adventures, his opportunities and for having lived a life that allows him to understand and embrace the differences in life.

In And Live Rejoicing, Smith recounts visits with many famous people of his generation. Among them Noble Prize winner in Physics and discoverer of the laser, Charles Towns; Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama and Joseph Campbell. He tells stories of visiting exotic places such as China, Japan, Tehran, and India. He was able to study many religions in many lands, therefore discovering the true essence of each religion. How could a man who was able to experience all this not be rejoicing? I'm sure there are some who would view the travel and experiences tiring, troublesome or intimidating, but not Huston Smith. He tells his stories with ease, honesty and as someone who truly realizes his good fortune to have lived an adventurous and privileged life. Privileged because he recognized the value of his experiences and the importance of sharing his insights with readers.

Not all his experiences were happy, but all bore lessons that served him well in later life.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on September 30, 2012
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In the same season that religious studies pioneer Jacob Needleman is publishing An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth another beloved pioneer, Huston Smith, is publishing this new memoir, And Live Rejoicing. Needleman's book focuses memoir in service of a greater purpose, to encourage a renewed appreciation of the Earth as a planet that needs our attention if it is to survive. In his memoir, Smith says his purpose is to encourage hope and joy as an extension of his own life's work. Smith's purpose is neither as pointed nor as consistent throughout the book as Needelman's narrative, but I have to say: If you love Huston Smith's work, this book is like spending an evening with a beloved old friend. It's fun and uplifting, even if it lacks the cohesive structure of Needleman's new book. In fact, I strongly recommend reading both books this year, one after the other.

Writing this review, as a veteran journalist, I think back across the many decades when Smith was a fixture on PBS, the man behind the standard volumes on world religion like the newer The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions and a tireless advocate of seeing religion as a source of global goodness. I have interviewed Smith a number of times throughout his career and, as recently as this spring, recommended the earlier The Huston Smith Reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on September 28, 2012
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And Live Rejoicing by Huston Smith is a remarkable and memorable memoir by an amazing soul that has truly lived while here on Earth. In his worldwide travels, Huston has experienced many different religions, met with numerous leaders, and embraced spirituality and traditions of cultures with enthusiasm, awe, and the ability to tell his journey about it all like no other.

And Live Rejoicing is a different kind of memoir than most I have read. It is more of a spiritual memoir that is told by someone that quickly seems like your close personal friend or mentor by reading it.

Huston's life and the religious studies he has embraced around the world is amazing. What I love most about this book and the author is that he embraces everything that is thrown at him, and rejoices at the experience of it all. Lucky for us, he has compiled many of his traveling and religious encounters with us in this memoir of his spiritual journey.

This is a beautifully written account of Huston Smith's life. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of And Live Rejoicing, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parker J. Palmer on January 11, 2013
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This is a flat-out fabulous book, and I can't recommend it highly enough. I brought it with me on a week-long silent, solitary retreat, and it has been a perfect companion. Full disclosure: I've known and admired Huston for a long time, so I'm not an unbiased reader. But even accounting for my personal bias, this is a book for the ages and for people of all ages. And if you are over 70, as I am, and are looking for a model of aging not only with grace but with gusto, style, and flair, look no further: Huston Smith is your man!
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