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Speaking of Faith [Hardcover]

By Krista Tippett (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.8" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2007
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
ISBN  0670038350  
EAN  9780670038350  

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Krista Tippett is the creator and host of public radio's phenomenally popular program Speaking of Faith, a weekly conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas. As a journalist and then as a diplomat in Berlin, Tippett was enthralled by the promise of political solutions to divisive issues. When politics did not provide worthy answers, Tippett attended Yale Divinity School to pursue larger questions about what makes a meaningful life. In her quest for faith's illumination of life's complexities, passions, and frailties, she developed a compelling style of discourse-a "life of conversation"-that she now shares with millions of people every week. Tippett's unique, in-depth conversations with theologians, scientists, ethicists, and seekers who share their experiences, combined with her engaging style, are revolutionizing the way many think and speak of faith in their families and communities and in the larger world. Speaking of Faith is the story of this conversational journey and what it yields. Tippett draws on her life experiences and her studies, as well as on conversations with Elie Wiesel, Karen Armstrong, Thich Nhat Hanh, and other renowned figures, to explore such complex subjects as justice, science, fundamentalism, evil, love, and mystery, all within the context of spirituality. In the tradition of Kathleen Norris and Anne Lamott, Krista Tippett here shares a life of conversation that anyone, secular or religious, will find thought provoking about what faith does- and can-mean to us today.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for -thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.- She is the host of the public radio program and podcast On Being and Curator of the Civil Conversations Project (

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Speaking of Faith Has its own Vocabulary  Feb 15, 2008
Krista Tippett's spiritual memoir Speaking of Faith traces her experiences first as the granddaughter of an evangelical Christian preacher in Oklahoma, as a young skeptic who turned her faith over to the world of politics during her years as a diplomat in East Germany, and as a woman of faith who sees the important places of religion and spirituality as well as politics in public discourse about how we form our lives personally and as a nation.

Tippett is creator and host of the weekly American Public Media radio program Speaking of Faith, which consists of conversations with persons of various beliefs--Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist...--about the intersection of faith in their daily lives. She is a seeker and a listener, and she has a wonderful gift of including all voices in the conversation and finding a way of conversing that respects the integrity of each faith at the same time it finds some point of entry for listeners who stand outside that belief system. Tippett brings her diplomacy skills to the table here to great effect.

Her book traces her journey from a household influenced by her evangelical Baptist grandfather in Oklahoma, to her life as a diplomat moving between the Germanies of the Cold War in the belief that politics alone could heal divisions, to her return to the US with the belief that politics and faith have equal roles in the conversation about how we live our lives and how we interact with others. Tippett says her experiences made her "a crusader against insufficient questions and answers that stand in, prematurely and destructively, for both justice and mystery."

Tippett's book will leave you with a beautiful new vocabulary:

Humility: As I watched my children move through the world, I began to imagine what Jesus meant by humility. The humility of a Hilda, moving through the world discovering everything anew, is closely liked with delight. This original spiritual humility is not about debating oneself; it is about approaching everything new and other with a sense of curiosity and wonder. It has a quality of fearlessness, too.....

Kindness: Kindness--an everyday byproduct of all the great virtues--is at once the simplest and most weighty discipline human beings can practice. But it is the stuff of moments. It cannot be captured in declarative sentences or conveyed by factual account. It can only be found by looking attentively at ordinary, unsung, endlessly redemptive experience.

Truth: There is a profound difference between hearing someone say this is my truth. You can disagree with another person's opinions; you can't disagree with his experience. What I heard invariably shed some light on an experience of mine, or lit up some corner of another faith that had been closed to me, mysterious and even forbidding. I could never again dismiss one of those traditions of my conversation partners wholesale, because it now carried the integrity of a particular life, a particular voice.

This book read like an extended prose poem. To underline a significant passage would be to underline every line of it. The book refuses sound bytes; it won't be typecast any more than Tippett will typecast her radio guests. To read this book is to read all of it and to walk away understanding this:

"Our public life would not be polarized but enriched and gentled if we began to ask religious people to be genuinely religious--that is, to say,to the core of their traditions, which have mercy and humility from and center, and demand 'faithfulness' as much in how we treat those with whom we disagree as with the positions we hold.
A real discovery  Feb 15, 2008
I've never been compelled to write an this site review of a book before, but I count on them so much when I'm shopping that I thought it was worth my time to write. This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. I had never heard of Krista Tippett and when I picked up the book in an airport I was afraid it was going to be preachy -- exactly the opposite of what it turned out to be. I bemoan the fact that in our culture it's difficult to talk about religion without being pegged as "one of those people," and yet Krista Tippett manages not only to do so successfully, but also to make the point that indeed it's vital to try.

This is a thinking person's book. I dog-eared something nearly every five pages and am looking forward to going back and thinking further about the big ideas introduced here. I am so curious to see how this book fares over time, and how exciting to me that it was released during an election year. Religion and politics. I have always believed they shouldn't mix, and now I'm starting to think that it's inevitable that they do.

I'm definitely going to check out the radio show next. This book is a real discovery.
Krista engages the mind and the heart on the subject of faith.  Dec 14, 2007
For full disclosure, I never miss listening to the podcast of Speaking of Faith because I find Krista Tippet's conversations of theology and human ways of faith endlessly fascinating.

I was not disappointed with this book either. As I read her own faith journey, I highlighted a quote that might work on my email sig. Then down the page another, and another, and longer quotes and prayers. Nuggets of gold to turn over in my mind.

I loved her portrayal of Luke Timothy Johnson, who as a monk inhabited his faith with song, prayer and practice, before going to Yale for a PhD, where the intellectual concept reigned that if only we could get the history right everything else would fall into place. She contrasts East Germans before the wall fell, where spiritual quest was discouraged but was concentrated and rich behind closed doors, to the heartbreak of Palestinians who find their hopes betrayed in endless war and where youth feels empowered by a radically superficial version of Islam. She considers how religions formed during times of war all betray angry killing between injunctions of peace. And points out that Islam is 700 years younger than Christianity and 700 years ago Christians were fighting each other and the outer world in bloody battles. The Spanish Inquisition was not videotaped on YouTube and sent around the world.

I highly recommend the book. It will make you think, make you care and will lead you to look at where you can bring kindness into the world.
The Perfect Audio Book for the Spiritual Seeker  Dec 12, 2007
"The perfect book to listen to when you think religion should be used as a force of good instead of a force of evil."
Concentrate while reading  Aug 8, 2007
Speaking of Faith was my first introduction to Krista Tippett. I have since gone to the website from her American Public Media radio program and you are able to listen to all of her programs and the site is very well organized. If you enjoyed this book, I'd highly recommend the website if you have not yet visited it.

It is so refreshing to have a voice for faith like Tippett's. On page 140 of her book she writes, "We have had few models in our public life for religious speech that does not proselytize, exclude, anger or offend." Exactly. It is time to welcome people back to a Christianity that is hopeful, loving, forgiving, understanding, peaceful, and compassionate.

I love that Tippett invites us to have questions about our faith. Through these questions, I personally have had many spiritual experiences with the presence of God. It also occurs to me that when there is too much "religion" and not enough "spirituality" people lose their connection with God. My husband has no interest in faith anymore and when asked why he says he remembers a childhood of repeating things that soon lost their meaning. I asked him if he ever thought about what he was saying and he said "no." Perhaps someday he will go back to think because there is so much to ponder. I loved Tippett's discussion on the difference between religion and spirituality, here is a quote from her book: " A rabbi, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, gave me the best illustration I know of the difference between spirituality and religion. On Mount Sinai, she says, something extraordinary happened to Moses. He had a direct encounter with God. This was a spiritual experience. The Ten Commandments were the container for that experience. They are religion." I believe that we need a good balance of both religion and spirituality to be fulfilled.

Tippett is a great voice for a discussion on faith because she is incredibly knowledgeable, open minded, considerate, curious and respectful. I only knocked a star from the review as this book is pretty heavy in intellect and will lose some potential readers to that. I need to reread this book at least one or two more times to fully grasp everything she is talking about.

I will end with my favorite quote from the book: "I sense that seeing the world the way God sees the world means, in part, grieving in places the world does not forgive, and rejoicing in places the world does not notice. It would mean, therefor, to live with a patience that culture cannot sustain, and with a hope the world cannot imagine." (pg. 177)


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