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Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religion, including The Case for God, A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and The Great Transformation, as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into forty-five languages. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working with TED on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public, crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. It was launched globally in the fall of 2009. Also in 2008, she was awarded the Franklin D...

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The Battle for God
Written by Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | January 2001
$15.95/23.95(Canada) | 978-0-345-39169-8 (0-345-39169-1)

In our supposedly secular age governed by reason and technology, fundamentalism has emerged as an overwhelming force in every major world religion. Why? This is the fascinating, disturbing question that bestselling author Karen Armstrong addresses in her brilliant new book The Battle for God. Writing with the broad perspective and deep... Read more






The Case for God
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$16.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-38980-0 (0-307-38980-4)

A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.
 
Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind... Read more






Fields of Blood
Written by Karen Armstrong
Knopf | Hardcover | October 28, 2014
$30.00/(Canada) | 978-0-307-95704-7 (0-307-95704-7)

From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence.

For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression... Read more






The Great Transformation
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2007
$16.95/(Canada) | 978-0-385-72124-0 (0-385-72124-2)

From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured... Read more






History of God
Written by Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | August 1994
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-38456-0 (0-345-38456-3)

"An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the... Read more






Holy War
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2001
$18.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72140-0 (0-385-72140-4)

Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing influence.

In 1095 Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and reconquer the Holy Land. Thus began the holy wars that would focus... Read more






In the Beginning
Written by Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | October 1997
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-345-40604-0 (0-345-40604-4)

"KAREN ARMSTRONG IS A GENIUS."
--A. N. Wilson

As the foundation stone of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature--the Creation; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; the sacrifice of Isaac. Yet the meaning of Genesis remains enigmatic. In this fascinating... Read more






Islam
Written by Karen Armstrong
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2002
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6618-3 (0-8129-6618-X)

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing... Read more






Jerusalem
Written by Karen Armstrong
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | April 1997
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-39168-1 (0-345-39168-3)

"SPLENDID . . . Eminently sane and patient . . . Essential reading for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike."
--The Washington Post

Venerated for millennia by three faiths, torn by irreconcilable conflict, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for again and again, Jerusalem is a sacred city whose very sacredness has engendered terrible tragedy. In... Read more






The Spiral Staircase
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | February 2005
$14.95/(Canada) | 978-0-385-72127-1 (0-385-72127-7)

In 1962, at age seventeen, Karen Armstrong entered a convent, eager to meet God. After seven brutally unhappy years as a nun, she left her order to pursue English literature at Oxford. But convent life had profoundly altered her, and coping with the outside world and her expiring faith proved to... Read more






Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
Written by Karen Armstrong
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2011
$14.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-74288-9 (0-307-74288-1)

In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.
 
The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your...

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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
Written by Karen Armstrong
Knopf | Hardcover | December 2010
$24.00/(Canada) | 978-0-307-59559-1 (0-307-59559-5)

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... Read more






Visions Of God
Written by Karen Armstrong
Bantam | Trade Paperback | November 1994
$19.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-553-35199-6 (0-553-35199-0)

The mystics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were, writes Karen Armstrong, like "the astronauts of our own day.  They broke into a new religion, blazed a new trail to God and to the depths of the self, a trail far from the beaten pilgrimage paths of Chaucer and Langland."  Mysticism is a... Read more





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