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The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming An Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart Hardcover – October 13, 2003
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— Gerald May, senior fellow, Shalem Institute, and author, Addiction and Grace and Will and Spirit
"The spiritual wisdom and practical suggestions in this lively and beautiful book will be helpful to many who find themselves setting out on the interior journey."
— Bruno Barnhart, a Camaldolese monk and author, Second Simplicity: The Inner Shape of Christianity
"Cynthia Bourgeault's book is a valuable contribution to the much-needed reawakening of spiritual practice within a Christian context. Her sincerity, good sense, metaphysical depth, and broad experience make her a source to be trusted."
— Kabir Helminski, Sufi Shaikh, the Threshold Society
"This book is a precious gem, a short and brilliant synthesis of the world's great wisdom traditions. Clear, concise, inspiring and poetic."
— Joan Borysenko, author, Inner Peace for Busy People and Inner Peace for Busy Women
"With consummate skill and dazzling clarity, Cynthia Bourgeault rescues the ancient knowledge of wisdom practices found in all the great traditions and teaches us how to become true instruments of God's glory."
— Toinette Lippe, author, Nothing Left Over: A Plain and Simple Life
Top Customer Reviews
This book is about waking from that sleep. And Bourgeault, an ordained Episcopal priest, has written it very clearly and rationally. Which is fitting, since to find wholeness we want to expand our minds beyond rationality, not do away with it. Bourgeault's particular gift here is her ability to teach about the Wisdom tradition from an interfaith perspective, without presenting too much information about too many different religious paths. For Wisdom cannot be claimed exclusively by any path; rather, it underlies all the great paths to inner knowledge. Bourgeault organizes her material by focusing on the kernel of truths shared by the Christian, Jewish, and Sufi traditions.
She defines Wisdom, at the start of the book, as "a precise and comprehensive science of spiritual transformation that has existed since the headwaters of the great world religions and is in fact their common ground." And yet, even though this "science" appears worldwide, it has, in many cultures, been lost or watered down over the millennia for various reasons.Read more ›
The book is short but covers a great deal of ground in little time, so kudos here for the editing.
Recommended with enthusiasm.
The author is an Episcopal priest and retreat leader, but her message and her sources stretch well beyond the Christian world.
The book begins with a challenging forward by Thomas Moore. Who asks us to challenge some of the assumptions built powerfully into he roots of the modern world: that the best - perhaps only - way to understand something is to dissect it; that standardized education is the best way to educate the young and that prisons are an effective way to deal with crime. Each is questionable.
Cynthia takes these questions and many others in this beautifully written and satisfying book.
As an example, she takes the words:
Each is deeply charged with meaning in our Western culture. The same words also have deep meanings in our spiritual heritage. The interesting thing is that in the two realms the words have diametrically opposite meanings.
It is very valuable to see and understand this: many people want to embark upon their spiritual journey without knowing what it entails. I once saw a man who came to an introductory presentation by a well-known teacher. He got very upset when it was suggested that the work would need some sacrifice, discipline and effort. He was not being asked to give a lot of money to the teacher, in fact quite the opposite. But he thought that the spiritual path was a shortcut for getting more "stuff." Cynthia demonstrates the fallacy of this belief.
She also shows that the genuine spiritual path is available to anyone who is prepared to dedicate a little time to it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A true gem of the wisdom literature. Thought provoking and well written. Attainable by both the casual reader and the researcher.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is a masterpiece of integration, bringing together the knowledge of Christian mysticism Eastern Wisdom.
And very readable.
Bourgeault came to my attention from reading Rohr. She writes succinctly and from the heart. I'm considering attending some of her retreats. Strong recommend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George R. Collison
This is a small book of great depth. Every time I reread it I discover more. I am with a group who reflect on a chapter each week using a process we found helpful over the last two... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the way she presents the information and bringing out new facts confirming some of my knowledge and giving light to new. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cynthia is at her best in this re-discovery of the well-hidden treasure of the Wisdom tradition. A bit of story, a bit of history, but mostly a keen focus on what this tradition... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered two but only received one
other wise very good
It's a fantastic book, that's extremely intelligently written. I recommend that all those who are spiritually inclined and compelled to venture beyond the average forms of worship,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Z.