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Speaking of Faith

By Krista Tippett (Author)
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From the creator and host of public radio's "Speaking of Faith," this is the story of the conversational journey of discourse among theologians, scientists, ethicists, and seekers who explore such complex subjects as justice, evil, and love--all within the concept of spirituality. Unabridged. 6 CDs.

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The host of the popular weekly program on National Public Radio talks about her journey from politics back to religion and a life of conversation. Includes excerpts from radio program.

For Krista Tippett, politics was the primary arena of human action, and reporting was the way to tell a story. The granddaughter of a Southern Baptist minister, raised in a family where life revolved around church, she dismissed her religious upbringing to become a journalist and a diplomat in Berlin. Still seeking the means by which the world could be made a better place, she returned to divinity school. Questioning the limits of politics, observing that strictly reporting about religion failed to penetrate its intellectual and spiritual content, she came up with an idea for a new radio program.

Speaking of Faith, the radio show, is public radio s weekly national conversation about belief, meaning, ethics, and ideas. Grappling with themes of American life, it asks how perspectives of faith might inform and illuminate our public reflection. "Speaking of Faith," the audiobook, is Krista Tippett s own story of how she arrived where she is today on a journey of discovery shared by countless others."

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Item Specifications...

Format: Audiobook,   Unabridged
Studio: Highbridge Audio
Running Time: 405.00 minutes
Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.86" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Mar 5, 2007
Publisher   Highbridge Audio
ISBN  1598870831  
ISBN13  9781598870831  

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More About Krista Tippett

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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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Faith
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Church & State
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Religion

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Graduate Gifts  Jul 16, 2008
We gave this book as a gift to our college graduates here at the church and it was very well received.
Faith with Reason  Jun 9, 2008
Krista Tippett has the gift of being a thinking person who can draw you in to many points of view without feeling you are betraying your own. Her wisdom and tolerance make you comfortable exploring other faiths, learning to appreciate all the beautiful/complex ways people on this earth find to worship or approach the divine - or not. Her non-judgmental approach puts those she is interviewing at ease to reveal rather than defend their ideas. This book caused me to ponder and that is a good thing.
Shallow and Stupid, Nothing New, Typical From-The-Heart Ranting  Jun 4, 2008
This woman is so stupid she thinks that Young Earth Creationists claim that Genesis is a science document, and that because it isn't, then it must not have any scientific value. What the Hell kind of moronic logic is that? So if something is not a scientific document, or scientific, it has no value? Well then throw out all those fossils which supposedly prove evolution Miss Tippet. You're stupid and clueless when it comes to religion and science.

Stop babbling your ignorant opinions. Krista, new info for you: Darwin did not come up with "natural selection" on his own, and had to be forced to admit that he got at least part of his theory from THE CREATIONIST EDWARD BLYTHE. Darwin made Blyth's version a godless one. And now Darwin is on a pedastal, because of assumers like you, who love showing off their hearts, to the destruction of others, rather than teaching what is true which leads to eternal life.

Stop learning your own opinions, it leads no where but to Hell.
Insightful Exploration of Faith  May 28, 2008
I read Speaking of Faith without having been familiar with Krista Tippett or her radio program. From that perspective, I found it to be a very interesting exploration of the nature and role of faith and religion in today's society. It seemed to provide a relatively balanced perspective on the issue of dealing with faith on the individual level. Most of all, I could identify with the author's perspective of being a rational, intellectual person who, at various points in her life, struggled to reconcile faith and reason. In short, I found the CONTENT of the book to be interesting and insightful.

However, I did not find the book to be easy to read. The last four chapters (which contain most of the "philosophical" content) are loosely organized in a manner explained in chapter two. Unfortunately, I found that they all felt basically the same and I had a hard time remembering what one had said over another. In addition, the overall writing style is similarly loose, like a stream of consciousness, which makes it very difficult to keep up with the thesis of any given portion of narrative.

Overall, I think it is worth reading the book, if only to open your mind to some possible new interpretations and perspectives on faith. But be prepared to make some margin notes or something, otherwise it may all start to turn into a jumble of noble postulations that don't all stick.
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.

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