Becoming Wise

Becoming Wise

An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam
From the bestselling author and host of NPR's On Being comes a master class in living drawn from the inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals who possess what she calls "spiritual genius"

Over the fifteen years that Krista Tippett has hosted her award-winning and nationally beloved radio program on NPR, first under the titleSpeaking of Faith and then as On Being, the heart of her work has been to shine a light on the most extraordinary people at work on the big issues and questions of the day, people whose missions kindle in us a sense of wonder. Scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from a number of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett's compassionate but searching conversation.

In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from these luminous characters about the meaning of life in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind, that explores what it means to be human. The book is a master class in living, curated by Tippett but presided over by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of a teaching faculty. The art of living can mean many things to many different people. The questions most of us are asking ourselves today are intimate and civilizational all at once--definitions of when life begins and when death happens; the meaning of marriage and family; the human relationship to the natural world; our relationships to technology and through technology: how then shall we live? Tippett's great gift, in her work and in Becoming Wise, is to avoid reductive simplifications but still find the golden threads that weave people and ideas together into a shimmering braid.

One powerful common denominator of the lessons imparted to Tippett is the gift of presence, of the exhilaration of engagement with life for its own sake, not as a means to an end. Called enlightenment, called transcendence, often called nothing because it is beyond language, it is a state whose gifts can be described in many ways--nourishing, edifying, redemptive--as can its celebrants: courageous, tender, adventurous, curious. But presence does not mean passivity or acceptance of the status quo. Indeed Tippett's teachers are people whose work meets, and often drives, some of the most powerful forces of change alive in the world today. In the end, perhaps the greatest blessing conveyed by the lessons of spiritual genius Tippett harvests inBecoming Wise is the strength to meet the world where it really is, and then to make it even better.

Baker & Taylor
From the best-selling author and host of NPR's "On Being" comes a master class in living drawn from the inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals who possess what she calls “spiritual genius.”

Baker
& Taylor

Offers guidance on the art of living drawn from the stories of extraordinary people whose work inspires wonder and insight into life, finding common ground between a wide variety of thinkers on how to be present in the world.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781594206801
1594206805
Branch Call Number: 158.1 T499b
Characteristics: xii, 288 pages ; 24 cm

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TootinMoose
Mar 29, 2018

Having enjoyed her radio show periodically, I thought I would enjoy this book. Sadly, after three chapters I gave up. She thinks and writes in an elliptical manner and almost seems to force in so many quotes from her interviews that I got lost. My advice would be to read the final chapter and if that makes sense and is good reading for you, then go back and start from the beginning. Otherwise, enjoy her podcasts!

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candkb
Jun 13, 2016

I have enjoyed listening to Krista Tippett's podcast "On Being" for years. This book is a sort of "best of" with thoughtful questions and discussions organized in a beautiful, readable way. I filled pages with little tidbits and quotes I wanted to glean from this book...and quickly recommended it to many of my friends.

xaipe Jun 05, 2016

A series of essays and interview outtakes from the moderator of NPR's "On Being." Nobody listens better than Krista Tippett, her insights and engagement has produced a delightful and thoughtful series of distillations.

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