Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review: 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong


Non-fiction.  I started reading this over a year ago, as part of a group that was reading one chapter a month and meeting once a month to discuss it.  I had to abandon going to the group because of my teaching assignment (I had a night class).  So, after going to an excellent talk about mindfulness in the classroom, I finally picked it back up and read it cover to cover.  Armstrong suggests doing that, and then going back, chapter by chapter, and not moving on to the next chapter until you have successfully worked on each concept.  It is a marvelous work and inspiring.  It is not cheesy but a guide to sincere self-reflection.  I do not even want to call it "self-help" because that would imply gimmicks and hokey stuff.  This work is based on a lifetime of her exploring the world's religions and looking at the commonalities, as well as explaining how our brains work and how our actions affect it and us.  I highly recommend it to anyone trying to better themselves.

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