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5.0 out of 5 stars "My religion is kindness" - H. H. the Dalai Lama, November 28, 2010
This review is from: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (Borzoi Books) (Hardcover)
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It is somewhat ironic that an appeal for universal altruism must be packaged as a self-help program to attract an audience these days, but such is the state of our world. In this her latest work, renowned author Karen Armstrong offers little that is new - attend any Unitarian Universalist service for proof - but that in no way diminishes her message: "it has become imperative to apply the Golden Rule globally".

To her credit, the author does not use this book to debate dogmas or make theological truth claims (see her Case for God for that), nor does she deny scientific facts or try to justify atrocities committed in the name of God. The only premise she requires the reader to accept is that religion at its best can inspire people to goodness and to greatness. To that end, she prescribes a two-step process disguised as a dozen: first, learn the Golden Rule; second, live it, "a struggle that will last until our dying day."

Fundamentalists of all faiths will reject this book, offended that it paints their absolute truths as merely useful myths. The anti-religious are also certain to attack it for elevating pleasant falsehoods above that which can be proven scientifically. To everyone living their lives between these two extremes I am happy to recommend this book.
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Initial post: Jan 13, 2011 4:18:57 AM PST
A wonderfully succinct and perceptive analysis. Thanks, Mr. Walker.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2011 7:22:25 PM PDT
Bad Tabby says:
excellent post. thanks

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 7:09:59 PM PDT
Thank you both.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 4:40:52 PM PST
Ellen says:
What a great comment. Even if I had not decided I was going to red this, I definitely would now. Thanks. Martha

Posted on May 6, 2012 4:10:42 PM PDT
Lindy says:
TW: Thanks for such a thoughtful, well-crafted review. So helpful!

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 5:56:41 AM PDT
Thank you.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 4:37:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 8, 2012 4:37:56 PM PST
Just a note to thank you for an excellent review. I really wish more Amazon reviews were this thoughtful and succinct. Including mine!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 9:43:23 PM PST
You are very kind.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 10:11:24 PM PST
ellenz says:
This is my first time commenting on a reviewer. This was so beautifully written. Very helpful review. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 6:25:19 AM PST
Thank you very much.
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