Krista Tippett is the host of the podcast On Being and as such has the chance to interview hundreds of physicists, spiritual leaders, thinkers, activists andon how they grapple with meaning in the world In Becoming Wise An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, she narrows her focus on words, flesh, love, faith and hope and dips in and out of a wellspring of past interviews She s a practiced interviewer playing host to some incredibly smart folks The language is dense and prescriptive and is made for thoughtful contemplation not the aggressive consumption of my usual fare You simply can t chug through Rilke like you re reading Rowling I found myself tripping over the flowery optimism of the language Still, I appreciate the exploration of ideas like how love demands effort and we should fight against its cheapeni Finally I finished this book Though to be truthful, I scanned parts of it A class at church has been studying it, and it is not meant to be a study book We have had some good discussions, due mostly to the creativity of different facilitators The book is loaded with gems, but the formatting made it difficult for me to read It has only five chapters, which are sooooo long My advice listen to Krista Tippett s podcasts They aredigestible. M A Person Who Listens For A Living I Listen For Wisdom, And Beauty, And For Voices Not Shouting To Be Heard This Book Chronicles Some Of What I Ve Learned In What Has Become A Conversation Across Time And Generations, Across Disciplines And Denominations Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster And National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett Has Interviewed The Most Extraordinary Voices Examining The Great Questions Of Meaning For Our Time The Heart Of Her Work On Her National Public Radio Program ½ read ¶ Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett å And Podcast, On Being, Has Been To Shine A Light On People Whose Insights Kindle In Us A Sense Of Wonder And Courage Scientists In A Variety Of Fields Theologians From An Array Of Faiths Poets, Activists, And Many Others Have All Opened Themselves Up To Tippett S Compassionate Yet Searching Conversation In Becoming Wise, Tippett Distills The Insights She Has Gleaned From This Luminous Conversation In Its Many Dimensions Into A Coherent Narrative Journey, Over Time And From Mind To Mind The Book Is A Master Class In Living, Curated By Tippett And Accompanied By A Delightfully Ecumenical Dream Team Of Teaching Faculty The Open Questions And Challenges Of Our Time Are Intimate And Civilizational All At Once, Tippett Says Definitions Of When Life Begins And When Death Happens, Of The Meaning Of Community And Family And Identity, Of Our Relationships To Technology And Through Technology The Wisdom We Seek Emerges Through The Raw Materials Of The Everyday And The Enduring Question Of What It Means To Be Human Has Now Become Inextricable From The Question Of Who We Are To Each Other This Book Offers A Grounded And Fiercely Hopeful Vision Of Humanity For This Century Of Personal Growth But Also Renewed Public Life And Human Spiritual Evolution It Insists On The Possibility Of A Common Life For This Century Marked By Resilience And Redemption, With Beauty As A Core Moral Value And Civility And Love As Muscular Practice Krista 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 But Presence Does Not Mean Passivity Or Acceptance Of The Status Quo Indeed Tippett And Her Teachers Are People Whose Work Meets, And Often Drives, 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 In Becoming Wise Is The Strength To Meet The World Where It Really Is, And Then To Make It Better This review originally ran on Everyday eBookAfter the first season of the podcast Serial ended, my social media feeds were filled with pleas for new, amazing programs to listen to one of the most suggested was On Being, hosted by Krista Tippett Tippett s podcast is a series of conversations usually between Tippett and one guest that explore what it means to be human Guests include theologians from a variety of faiths, scientists of varied disciplines, authors, philosophers, poets, and activists In her new book, Becoming Wise An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living, Tippett distills some of what she has learned through her own life and through her numerous interviews and interactions into a guide on living. Tippett s previous book, Einstein s God Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit, was a New York Times bestseller in it, Tippett collected edited transcripts of conv too many adjectives such odd phrasing how does one interpret some of the margins that are in fact the heart beat of society perhaps it is my current state of mind too much at work, too much writing on my part , but I gave up on this book after the first section It was simply too much work for not a lot of gain Tippett has an interesting background and has interviewed many people who have things of interest to say, but the narrative pulling the pieces together was too heavily ornamented for comprehension I was also uncertain of whether I agreed with the premise of the book What makes us human is our relationship with each other an update of no man is an island I stumbled over that one because those engaged in contemplative lives are in relationships with whom I did get a small nugget in the form of a great quote Don t ask the mountain to move Just take a pebble eve It has taken me a while to read this book because I only ever wanted to take it in a bit at a time, and then sit with the lessons Tippett, host of the NPR show On Being, offers up, and savor them Which means that, having now read through to the last page, I feel I wouldn t be remiss to go back to page one and start over there is so much quiet, profound wisdom in this book. It is composed of six chapters Introduction The Age of Us Words The Poetry of Creatures Flesh the Body s Grace Love A Few Things I ve Learned Faith Evolution and Hope Reimagined It seemed particularly appropriate to finish this morning on hope, given yesterday s tragedy in Orlando There is so much ignorance and hatred in this world, and yet it is important, imperative, â Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living â This book is exquisite It reads like sacred text I found the chapters on Words , Love and Hope particularly wondrous Krista Tippett shares so generously and thoughtfully insights and wisdom gained from conversation partners over a period of 12 years This is a book I want to carry with me wherever I go and meditate on its wisdom daily.
Non spiritual person that I am, I have always loved Krista Tippett s gentle, thoughtful tone and positive, respectful, interdisciplinary approach Audio, of course. I almost regretted buying this when I read the acknowledgements and saw that Tippett is BFFs with Serene Jones the current and disastrous president of my old seminary I m glad I ignored my misgivings this is perhaps the best book I ve read in the last year, maybe longer Tippett draws on interviews with people of all faiths and none mystics, activists, scientists, writers, teachers and finds in them convergent messages about how to live well in an imperfect world The book got better and better, with the last chapter on hope being so beautiful and pertinent I wanted to read the whole thing out loud to my spouse This is a book on spirituality I think anyone open minded could love, whether theist, animist, atheist, or other. I am a huge fan of her podcast but I could only finish half this book and here s why Tippett writes excellent sentences and paragraphs but, cohesively, this was not an excellent book It s like when you ramble on through a bottle of wine on a Friday night with an incredibly eloquent friend and she just keeps showing you all these YouTube videos except here it s poems and you re like ugh Krista let s just have a straightforward discussion Or maybe you enjoy that kind of stuff in that case you d give this 5 stars So maybe I just needed a bottle of wine.
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