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Product Details

  • Series: CBC Massey Lecture
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press; First Edition edition (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887846793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887846793
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Loyd A. Boldman on March 9, 2007
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Margaret Visser is a rarity: a deep, scholarly thinker who expresses herself with great clarity, and has a genuine affection for her subjects as well. "Beyond Fate" is a collection of lectures exploring the roles of fate and destiny (they are not the same thing, we're told), and how these concepts inform our thinking today. Visser walks us through a simple path to illustrate and anchor her points, such as using "Drawing a Line" to describe our thinking about the concept of time. Our views of fate and destiny and their ramifications in society, like fine embroidery, grow more intricate and detailed as Visser makes her case. Her knife-sharp rhetorical skills reminded me of a Jeremy Begbie or a C.S. Lewis, but Visser's talent doesn't really need the comparisons. This book makes me think and dream, which is why I recommend it highly.

Added note: Visser also has an audio book of "Beyond Fate." She's a terrific reader of her own work (due in part to her years on the radio, no doubt), and it's as entertaining to listen to her speak as it is to read the book. Her voice reminds me of a genetic splicing of Julia Child and Lynn Truss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Powell on December 18, 2009
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I listened to the lectures and read the book at the same time. The book actually has more content. Based on a comparison between the Greek view of life as a fatal diagram vs the Christian view of life (and perhaps we should say Romanized Christian view of life)as a story that can change because of an active Divine influence that is working for the "good."

I listened to the last lecture several times and am now taking notes from the book. Nothing else I have read on the subject is as clear and interesting. I love Margaret Visser's voice (and my wife hates it!), and you really can't get the full effect without listening to her present the lectures.

The section on sports and how they are essentially the last vestiges of Greek honor/shame rituals in our society is amusing and detailed, but the more sober message is that if we loose the classic Christian view of life we are in danger of falling back into a shame based culture instead of the Christian influenced culture of guilt and forgiveness.

This is an important and profound series of lectures richly illustrated with detailed stories, anecdotes, and word studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shoocatz on June 6, 2006
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I've listened to this audiobook a few times, its almost like therapy listening to her analysis of metaphor and culture and how it defines the circumference of our thinking. It's five one hour lectures. Great for anyone interested in questions of heritage and storytelling and how it binds modern western culture.
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By Erik Flowers on November 20, 2012
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Is an excellent source for research on Fate. I understand Fate now; and the difference between Fate and Destiny. Put it on your bookshelf.
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