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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Edition edition (Dec 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307400654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307400659
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Karen Armstrong is a genius.”
 — A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life
 
“Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.”
 — The New York Times Book Review
 
“Armstrong is a masterful writer.”
 — Publishers Weekly
 
“Armstrong has the gift of being able to compress a lot of information into a small space without losing focus or clarity.”
 — Edmonton Journal

About the Author

KAREN ARMSTRONG, one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs, is the bestselling author of A History of God (1993), The Battle for God (2000), Islam: A Short History (2000), Buddha (2001), The Spiral Staircase (2004), The Great Transformation (2006) and The Case for God (2009), among many other books. Having spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, she left her order in 1969 and took a B.Litt. at Oxford, taught modern literature at the University of London and headed the English department of a public girls' school. She became a freelance writer and broadcaster in 1982, and in 1983 she worked in the Middle East on a six-part documentary television series on the life and works of St. Paul. Her other television work has included Varieties of Religious Experience (1984) and Tongues of Fire (1985); the latter resulted in an anthology by that name on religious and poetic expression. In 1996 she participated in Bill Moyers' television series Genesis. She has taught at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and the Training of Rabbis and Teachers and was awarded the 1999 Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award. She regularly contributes reviews and articles to newspapers and journals.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Peters on Jan. 26 2011
Format: Hardcover
Discusses self-compassion, compassion for others, and international compassion from the historical, philosophical, and comparative religious perspectives. Reproduces the Charter for Compassion, describing how it was developed, and how this book is one of several projects aimed at implementing it. Contains dozens of practical activities for strengthening the several kinds of compassion. Athiests will need to do a few mental gyrations to apply the concepts to themselves, which are presented in religious language. Well written, engaging, and concrete rather than theoretical.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Gow on March 23 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is for those who want spirituality without dogma. Karen Armstrong shows that compassion is at the heart of all great religions and gives practical guidance on how to become compassionate. In a beautifully written text, she gives us the benefit of her extensive studies of comparative religion in a way that is accessible to all and offensive to none. It is practical, useful, hopeful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mauricia.JMB on July 27 2011
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Beautiful and excellent reading for people that are looking for soul searching and spiritual awakening.A history and comparison of religions and how we can all live together and love each other accepting our differences. It will also enhance your English vocabulary since the writer uses very rich vocabulary.
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Karen Armstrong has written a book that can affect the 21st Century more than any other book that I have read .
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