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Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living – The Book

“I’m not sure there’s such a thing as the cultural ‘center,’ nor that it’s very interesting if it exists. But left of center and right of center, in the expansive middle and heart of our life together, most of us have some questions left alongside our answers, some curiosity alongside our convictions. This book is for people who want to take up the great questions of our time with imagination and courage, to nurture new realities in the spaces we inhabit, and to do so expectantly and with joy.”

First published in hardcover in April 2016, Becoming Wise spoke with prescience to deepening social fractures. Yet as the book also reveals, fracture is not the whole story of our time. Krista explores how wisdom emerges through the raw materials of the everyday – the words we use, the bodies we inhabit, the many kinds of love we know, the faith we carry, the reality-based hope we can choose. She insists on the possibility of virtue in personal life and common life, with civility and love as muscular public practices. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, she shows us how.
Calling Becoming Wise one of the best books of the year, Maria Popova of Brainpickings wrote,

“Krista Tippett [is] a modern-day Simone Weil. . . . Becoming Wise is a tremendously vitalizing read in its totality—a wellspring of nuance and dimension amid our Flatland of artificial polarities, touching on every significant aspect of human life with great gentleness and a firm grasp of human goodness.”

And from February 28, 2017, Becoming Wise is in paperback! Also available in audiobook and e-book formats. The deluxe e-book gives readers access to five hours of Krista’s interviews with more than forty guests.

Any book-related queries, or requests for interviews with Krista Tippett can be directed to Brian Carmody at [email protected].

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Becoming Wise, the podcast, is an inquiry into the mystery and art of living. Peabody Award-winning journalist Krista Tippett engages the leading thinkers of our day — some you know and others you’d love to meet — from theoretical physicist Brian Greene and mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn to New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown and Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova.

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