- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; First Edition edition (July 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802828949
- ISBN-13: 978-0802828941
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Welcome to the Wisdom of the World And Its Meaning for You: Universal Spiritual Insights Distilled from Five Religious Traditions First Edition Edition
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Chittister, a Benedictine abbess, popular lecturer and prolific spirituality writer (Called to Question; Transformed by Hope; etc.), returns with a probingly helpful guide to life's most pressing questions. Spurred by letters from fans who often pour out their hearts and seek advice from her, each chapter tackles a separate existential question such as Where is God? or What does it mean to be a spiritual person? She begins each of the 25 chapters with a description of a particular person's struggle to find meaning amid hardship, moving the narrative toward a wisdom story or parable from one of five religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A concluding meditation rounds out each section. Ecumenical readers will find that the God that lies behind these stories is acutely aware of human misery and helps us in surprising and meaningful ways. Chittister writes, If the question is, Where is God? The answer is distressingly uncomplicated: God is wherever we know God to be, wherever we bring God to be, no more and no less at any time, anywhere, or in anyone. This refreshing book will be welcomed by Chittister's many admirers and is sure to win new ones as well. (Aug.)
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Although each person is unique and lives in a different time and culture from those of his or her predecessors and successors, Chittister insists that all humans have something in common. Drawing on the stories and heritages of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, she explores this commonality with great insight and compassion. She discusses specific issues through the prism of particular religious traditions. She looks at aging and letting go of the past with Hindu wisdom; at doing the right thing and the meaning of success with Buddhist enlightenment; at idealism and feeling stuck with Jewish communitarianism; at getting away from it all and the purpose of life with Christian love; and at the existence of God and happiness with Islamic submission. "Life," she says, "is simply the responsibility of each of us to make our own contribution to the on-going co-creation of the world." Exemplary inspiration from one of the foremost contemporary writers on spirituality. Sawyers, June
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This is an effective way to learn the truth that all of these religions are seeking the same essential goals, the desire to be a caring, responsible person in the world in which we live, and the desire to be closer to God, in whatever form you believe God to be.
The one thing that is never in question for me is that a Chittister book is inspiring, insightful and seems to make a positive contribution in my life.
In this book, Joan deals with some rather universal questions in each chapter - questions common to all inhabitants of this planet. She addresses these questions with insights from other cultures and 5 different faith persuasions.
I recommend this book. It was a blessing for me.
Reading Welcome to the Wisdom of the World left me kind of confused and unsatisfied. I agree to the following text of a costumer review: "I think, for some who might pick up this book. It seems unlikely to me that formal authorities in any religion would confer a "nihil obstat" (a statement that a book is without errors) on this title. Although my interest was not in parsing (and certainly not in contesting) any of her statements about Christianity, there were some things that gave me pause and thus caused me to pull back a bit from becoming fully absorbed in her discourse. Put differently, it was easier to relate to her treatment of questions in the context of other religions than in the context of my own. A caution, then, that this book might serve better as a window on other religions than as a statement or reflection of one's own religion".
As Sister Chittister is a catholic nun, she most have vowed to "go and preach the gospel" what she would have done wonderfully with her gifts as a preacher and writer. Rather, in this book, she just gives us hints of different religions to inspire us in ways that Christianity has more deep and powerful believes.
I just want to add one of Mother Theresa's quotes: "The words that doesn't have Christ's light, makes darkness deeper".
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