The World Is Made of Stories
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The World Is Made of Stories

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In this unique and utterly novel presentation, David Loy explores the fascinating proposition that the stories we tell — about what is and is not possible, about ourselves, about right and wrong, life and death, about the world and everything in it — become the very building blocks of our experience and of the universe itself. Loy uses an intriguing mixture of quotations f
ebook, 128 pages
Published May 10th 2010 by Wisdom Publications
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The World Is Made of Stories, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The World Is Made of Stories

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 150)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Viv JM
Mindblowing. I think I need to read this a couple more times for it to all sink in! Luckily it's not a very long book :-)
Dec 20, 2011 Harley is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Have to read this three more times when I finish the first time!
Karl W.
Engaging, challenging, informative, speculative -- a wonderful read!
Rivera Sun
I like to drink tea while I read. There is a pause between reading a passage and pouring the hot water into the teapot that David R. Loy's book is perfectly designed for. It is written in a series of provocative short quotes from notable figures and comments by David. He strings each chapter together in a loose flow of meditative thoughts that made me stop and ponder frequently. Each section unravels this great story we call reality and brings the reader/thinker into a mind-state before story. I...more
We tell stories. We live within stories. We understand through stories. We are stories. Can we not story? One story is that we are how the universe makes meaning. What story are you living? What part do you play in others' stories? What story would you like to live? Can you change the story you are telling yourself? What's your story about God? What's God's story? What cannot be storied?
This small volume, about 100 pages, will stop you in your tracks, provoke, inspire, and may help free you from...more
Frank Jude
This is a wonderful book; every page worthy of deeper investigation, and reflection. I read it fairly quickly, all the time knowing I'd be reading it again and again. In fact, I'm already contemplating gathering a group of friends to read and discuss this story about stories and storying.

David Loy has created a new type of book with this study; rich in quotes from a diverse group of writers and thinkers, Loy then dialogues with the quilt of voices.

A delightful book mostly of quotations with some explicatory transitions.

Fiction as "laboratories for moral experimentation"p.63

"The earth is not sacred in Abrahamic religions but God's Word is. ... Idolatry was supplanted by bibliolatry" p. 78.

Like Salwak's The Wonders of Solitude, this is one of those little books nice to have close at hand for a quick browse.
Aug 22, 2011 Nicolas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Carse's "Finite and Infinite Games"
Shelves: personal-library
A short, pithy, quotation-filled book about the forms, uses, and effect of narrative(s) on human existence. The book is written from a light Buddhist perspective - fans of Wittgenstein will either be confirmed or bored by the middle half of this book. I was confirmed - hence the four stars.
a reflection on the way we create and live in and through our narratives, Loy's thoughts certainly had me engaged in some deeper contemplation of meaning, story, and mystery.
Brionna Lewis
Brilliant. Thought-provoking. Wordy. Very wordy. Could have given it four stars or even five....but damn those words.
More meditation than narrative, this book muses on the formative role that stories have in our lives: how the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves—personal stories, cultural stories, political stories, religious stories—shape our individual and collective identities. Yes, the world is made of stories. WE are made of stories. The self is a construction, and stories are the raw material from which we build. The author, though, is a Buddhist, so he also wants us to consider that our story-cons...more
Anurag Gupta
Again, a fun read that turns life meaning and purpose on its head. Highly recommend.
Kirsten Cutler
A font of wisdom from many different voices integrated around the meaning of life.
Anastasia marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2014
Sah War
Sah War marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2014
AWALS marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2014
Susan marked it as to-read
Jul 21, 2014
Alysha marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
David Beers
David Beers marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2014
Sydney marked it as to-read
May 16, 2014
Craig Hodges
Craig Hodges marked it as to-read
May 01, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
David Robert Loy is an American author and authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Japanese Zen Buddhism.
More about David R. Loy...
Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy

Share This Book

“You must be emptied of that with which you are full, so you may be filled with that whereof you are empty. Augustine” 0 likes
“your head. Sally Kempton” 0 likes
More quotes…