Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-09
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co

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Best-Selling Author Joan Chittister in this book brilliantly presents universal spiritual insights distilled from five major religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Joan Chittister is executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality, Erie, Pennsylvania. Her many other books include God's Tender Mercy, The Story of Ruth (with John August Swanson), and Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: Answers from the Agesp. xi
Hindu Wisdomp. 1
Why Does My Life Feel So Hectic?p. 3
Why Does the Thought of Getting Older Bother Me?p. 11
What Does It Mean to ˘Make a Difference÷?p. 20
What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?p. 26
How Can I Learn to Let Go of the Past?p. 32
Buddhist Enlightenmentp. 39
Would I Do It All Again?p. 41
How Do I Know the Right Thing to Do?p. 47
How Do I Know Who to Follow?p. 53
What Does It Take to Succeed?p. 60
Is It Possible to Make Up for Past Mistakes?p. 65
Jewish Communityp. 71
Where Did I Lose My Idealism?p. 73
Why Do I Feel Stuck?p. 79
What Can I Do When Enough Is Enough?p. 85
Does Anything Really Matter?p. 91
Why Was I Born?p. 97
Christian Lovep. 103
Why Can't I Just Get Away from It All?p. 105
What Does It Take to Put Excitement Back into Life?p. 111
How Will I Know Truth When I See It?p. 117
What's Wrong with Me: Why Can't I Change?p. 123
What Is the Purpose of Life?p. 128
Islamic Submissionp. 133
What Is There to Get Up for in the Morning?p. 135
Where Is God?p. 141
What Is Happiness?p. 148
What's Important in Life?p. 154
Why Do I Feel That Something Is Missing in My Life?p. 161
Epilogue: The Roots of Traditionp. 167
Hindu Wisdom and Eternal Meaningp. 169
Buddhist Enlightenment and Desirelessnessp. 173
Judaism: Community of Justice and Joyp. 177
Christianity: The Call to the Beatitudesp. 180
Islam: Community of Witness and Submissionp. 183<SpI_
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