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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Written by Karen Armstrong
Read by Karen Armstrong

Work ID: 208610

ISBN: 9780307881748

Format: Unabridged Compact Disc

List Price: $30.00

On Sale Date: Dec 28, 2010

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One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—author of such acclaimed books as A History of God, Islam, and Buddha—now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place.

Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life.

The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up “compassion for yourself,” mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two.


From the Hardcover edition.

“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


From the Hardcover edition.