The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,390 ratings  ·  195 reviews
This daily digest of intellectual challenge and learning will arouse curiosity, refresh knowledge, expand horizons, and keep the mind sharp.

Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection—collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same—a collection of 365...more
Audio CD, 0 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Macmillan Audio (first published October 3rd 2006)
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 Intellectual Devotional, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Intellectual Devotional

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

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Brenda
Jan 13, 2008 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trivia buffs
When I bought this book, I intended to set it by my nightstand and treat it like a devotional and read one page per day. However, I read it cover to cover, which really suited me at this time.

Kidder and Oppenheim delivered exactly what was promised. Little vignettes of information on seven subjects: science, literature, philosophy, music, history, religion, and the visual arts. I learned a little about some subjects and recalled some information I had deliberately forgotten (Categorical Imperati...more
Craig
I gotta say, I really love this book. Small and easy to keep on the night stand it is a great way to end the day. I wrote my starting date on the first page and worked my way though a page a night. Some of the content was so interesting that it was hard to not peek ahead to the upcoming pages.

Occasionally I had to skip a night because of a late poker night, being sick, or some other odd reason but always made up for the lost night when I returned a day or two later. Very fun and highly recommen...more
Chris
This book was great fun, and I went through it in a very particular way that I would highly suggest for anyone looking for a good time. I read it through with a friend of mine, and we made a pact to each try and comment via email on each day’s reading. That means we had 730+ emails exchanged by the time we were finished. Some topics of discussion grew into debates which lasted for a week or two (my friend and I are somewhat opinionated…but VERY brilliant). Throughout the year of this, we learned...more
Eric
Jan 09, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs
Recommended to Eric by: Daily Lit
I got daily snippets of this book emailed to me from DailyLit. It was a double-edged sword -- I loved that I was able to read them in the time it takes to read an email, but hated how they only scratched the surface of some really interesting topics. Of course, the topics were also hit and miss.
Steven Peterson
An interesting underlying concept. . . . The Introduction says that "Daily devotionals have long been a favored tool of those looking for a regular dose of spiritual growth." This volume? "'The Intellectual Devotional' is a secular compendium in the same tradition. It is one year's worth of daily readings that will refresh your spirit, stimulate your mind, and help complete your education." There is also a pattern: Monday's readings focus on history; Tuesday is literature day; Wednesday-visual a...more
Dana
I usually review every book I read on my on book blog, but I didn't get around to it with this book.

I read this book over the course of a year. It's designed to be a daily reading in the sense that Biblical devotionals are, hence the title.

I learned a great deal I didn't know, remembered some things I had forgotten, and really enjoyed this book. I took off a star because I did find some grammar/usage errors. The most common was using "lead" as the past tense form of the verb "to lead," which sh...more
Kristen
Jul 14, 2007 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the would be intellectual and anyone striving to learn
I LOVE this book. Each page represents a day of the week and each day of the week is a different intellectual topic: History, Literature, Science, Music, Philosophy, Religion and Visual Arts. One page is dedicated to a subject under one of the aforementioned headings. So, It takes maybe, five minutes to learn something completely new. Or if you already know a little bit about the topic the book will often bear details that most would not have in the knowledge of the subject.
Christina Wilder
The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder & Noah D. Oppenheim is a collection has a page for each day, loaded with information about influential authors, books, works of art, artists, religion, math, and science.

Even the educated can learn something in this handy tome, such as the true story of the strange circumstances leading to Mozart's death, what makes Ulysses such a special book, why religions treasure certain places and things, and what lead to now-common mathematical equations...more
Leonardo Navarro
Acabo de terminarlo y tengo el deseo de volverlo a leer. Muy pocos libros logran eso. Me gustó bastante su desarrollo: Una lección al día, 365 lecciones al año... En realidad empieza con temas muy interesantes y no decae, empieza en lo básico (si así se le quiere llamar) y después se va adentrando en cosas cada vez más complicadas pero igualmente leíbles.

Debo admitir que no pude —o no supe— experimentar el libro como se debía, más bien para mí fue un poco más que 365 días para ser más culto, a v...more
Michelle Galo
Despite its painfully pretentious subtitle ("Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class"), The Intellectual Devotional is not so bad. At least, it's not as bad as the title makes it sound, which is pretty bad.

The idea of daily, one-page selections of information on various topics is neat, and would be neater if the publisher hadn't felt the need to put on airs. The back cover emphasis on impressing one's friends at cocktail parties is gag-worthy, and...more
Paul
I actually took a year to read this book one article at a time and in hindsight I believe that is probably the best way to do it. The individual articles are uneven - some are excellent, some are too short and of limited value - but overall it fulfilled its purpose. I enjoyed the variation between topics (each day of the week is a different topic, i.e. Monday = History, Tuesday = Literature, Wednesday = Visual Arts, Thursday = Science, Friday = Music, Saturday = Philosophy and Sunday = Religion)...more
Heather Simons
Here's the deal: I made a pact with a friend that we would read one page of this book every day for a year. We would start and stop at the same time, and at the end of 365 days, we would be intellectually richer and obviously more fun at dinner parties. It was a noble prospect, and it started off well. I read every day, I made notes, I even marked passages I liked with little colored flags. But now... Well, now I've really fallen off the wagon. (Sorry, Lauren...)

It's just a lot of pressure to re...more
Ozgur Baltat
Kitap, tarih, edebiyat, görsel sanatlar, bilim, müzik, felsefe ve din ana başlıkları altında temel konularda çok çok özet bilgiler veriyor. Bilgi dağarcığını tazelemek için, derli toplu başlıkları bulabileceğiniz güzel bir çalışma. Okuma sırasında, internetten konularla ilgili hem daha derinlemesine araştırma yapıp, bir taraftan ilgili klasik müzik parçalarını dinleyip, adı geçen ressamların resimlerini inceleyerek, acele etmeden araştırmanın keyfini çıkararak okuyunca, kitap arkasında çok daha...more
Kathaileen
This book has 365 daily lessons on seven different subjects (history, literature, visual arts, science, music, philosophy, and religion). I always read more than one per day and definately liked the history and literature the best. Philosophy was pretty boring after I got the Socrates - Plate - Aristotle - Alexander the Great connections. In the back I made notes of things (mostly books) that I wanted to check out. I actually bought my first book of poetry (besides Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein...more
J.C.
Update 9/20/09: I just realized Rob and I have been "reading" this book for over a year and are barely half-way through it. We try to read one entry each night, but sometimes we take some time off from it. We can definitely tell a difference between the quality of some of the entries, like some of them were written by a great writer, and others by high school students. It's just not very enlightening, yet we keep plugging through it.
update 5/22/10: We finally finished it! Many of the topics (mus...more
Mike
It definitely expanded my knowledge on numerous subjects, but I felt there was something missing. I think they should have taken advantage of the internet and provided links for further exploration. A Youtube channel with links to all the music described in the book. I understand that this was an introductory book to the subjects, but it should have encouraged further exploration. Unfortunately, it didn't dawn on me until close to the end of the book that I should actually seek this stuff out, s...more
Dan Gladwell
Now, I'm not all the way through yet, but I cannot tell you how much this book is my cup of tea. I absolutely love it. It's all about the presentation. The way they group into seven fields of knowledge is brilliant and makes you interested in subjects you don't already know about. I look forward the most to the music days, just because I know the least amount about music. It's a wonderful way to wake myself up every morning reading the page of the day and then re-reading before I go to bed to ma...more
John Roche
The book is a great concept and an ambitious endeavor, but perhaps the authors were a little over their heads when they began writing this book. For instance, many intellectual fields are left out of the book, and the fields that are presented are so light that it is unlikely to complete anyone's education. Also, a few topics are horribly written --much like a college student's late night term paper. Moreover, I have found a few instances where the points made are incorrect. Granted these errors...more
Stasy
May 03, 2012 Stasy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in history
Shelves: history, non-fiction
You're supposed to read a page a day throughout the course of a year; however, it was interesting enough that I read straight through. I did like that I could stop at the end of each page to attend to other things, though this did not keep me from continuing on.

I actually knew quite a bit of the historical facts, as well as about many of the world religions, but it was interesting to read about the history of art, music, philosophy and literature. I knew about some of these entries, but not near...more
Jan
Although this was designed to be listened to once a day for 365 days, I am listening to multiple entries at one time. I like it so far as it suggests various books for my to-read list and impels me to do further research on various topics.
Update week four, still plugging away. Some of the entries are better than others, but it still gives you food for thought.
Finished. Liked it, and will look for more by the same authors.
If I had been reading the print version I don't think I would have stuck wi...more
Monkey Man
My wife bought this and it's been on the back of the toilet for those short-reading needs.

It's in the appropriate place.

For example, the entry on Charles Darwin was three paragraphs about how he tried quack remedies for his headaches, then a sentence on how he came up with "survival of the fittest." But that quote was some other guy, not Darwin.

It claims to cover the "Seven fields of knowledge." Just in case you were wondering how many there were. Sorry, engineers, doctors and lawyers, you ain't...more
Kilian Metcalf
I would put this in the category of a nonbook. It's a collection of small snippets of information about 7 subjects, each one designed to be read once a day. The categories in order are history, literature, visual arts, science, music, philosophy, and religion. I felt like a Jeopardy candidate cramming for an appearance. Not sure how much I have improved in my intellectual standing, but I did enjoy the little bits of knowledge. I listened to it as a recorded book, and each segment was just about...more
Barbara
For many years, my husband and I have shared books at breakfast. We began this practice as a part of dealing with our empty nest and in an attempt to grow together rather than apart.

At first the books were filled with 365 daily “something”, usually inspirational or self-help topics. Over the years, we’ve graduated to more interesting books, the most recent being The Intellectual Devotional. While continuing the 365 daily reading format, the book is filled with selections from seven fields of kno...more
Richard
Read during 2011, finished 2012. 365 daily lessons from the seven fields of knowledge: Monday - History; Tuesday - Literature; Wednesday - Visual Arts; Thursday - Science; Friday - Music; Saturday - Philosophy; and Sunday - Religion. A one page lesson in each of the above area. Sometimes it was more than I wanted to know, but, usually it helped me to understand something that I had heard of but had never studied. I'll probably read in it again.
Serri
Great Christmas gift to give or put in as a stocking stuffer. Have received lots of positive feedback on it. Each day you get a one-day summary from each of the following catagories: History, Literature, Visual Arts, Science, Music, Philosophy, and Religion. They are good refreshers from what you learned in school as well as educating you on things you may have missed. If you are a Costco member, make sure you look for it there.
Ellie
Sep 14, 2007 Ellie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trivia lovers
The authors of this book took on WAY more than they could handle. Limiting oneself to just a page on topics like the French Revolution, genetics, and the Hebrew Bible is bound to leave giant holes in the information. And that's exactly what happened here. But it's still a nice reference and starting point. Except for the instances when they're just plain wrong. (But that's a minority of the time.)
Elyse
Each day you read a devotional in the seven different fields of knowledge: History, Literature, Visual Arts, Science, Music, Philosophy, and Religion. They are so much fun to read and I have already learned so much. Just the other day I read about a man named Eratosthenes who discovered a way to measure the earth's size in the 3rd century-how cool is that!
Kimboo
This charming daily devotional is a fantastic resource for curious minds. Every day of the year you will read about interesting facts, people, and events that may or may not be new to you, but will still be enlightening. A fabulous alternative to religious or woo-woo devotionals, and a great gift for students of any age.
Debbie
Sep 24, 2010 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
A book to read and re-read, to flip through to find an interesting topic, to brush up on History, Literature, Music, Science, Religion, Philosophy and Visual Arts. It's set up with 365 entries, so you can limit yourself to one bit of knowledge each day if you so choose. Great Book!
Laci Swanson
This is a fun book!! A great light read before bed or before you start the day. (I liked doing that and sharing the fact of the day with everyone.) It's hard to treat it like a devotional, however...I found myself reading pages at a time. It's an easy read that's informative, fun, and addictive.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
less 4 6 Dec 23, 2013 02:54PM  
  • mental floss presents Condensed Knowledge: A Deliciously Irreverent Guide to Feeling Smart Again
  • An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't
  • The Bedside Baccalaureate: A Handy Daily Cerebral Primer to Fill in the Gaps, Refresh Your Knowledge & Impress Yourself & Other Intellectuals
  • 'Isms & 'Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies and Doctrines That Have Shaped Our World
  • An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew About Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human Knowledge
  • The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know
  • Mental Floss presents In the Beginning: From Big Hair to the Big Bang, mental_floss presents a Mouthwatering Guide to the Origins of Everything
  • The New York Public Library Desk Reference
  • The Scavengers' Manifesto
  • The Geeks' Guide to World Domination: Be Afraid, Beautiful People
  • The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
  • Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love
  • I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School
  • Mental Floss Presents Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a Nation, ... Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion
  • Schott's Almanac 2007
  • Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of Success
  • This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future
  • Everything You Know is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies
409454
Born in Upstate New York, David S. Kidder is a serial entrepreneur with a wide range of operational, technology, and marketing expertise focused on online product development and Internet advertising and marketing. He is currently co-Founder and serves as CEO of Clickable, an online advertising web service. Prior to Clickable, Kidder co-founded SmartRay Network, a mobile advertising delivery pione...more
More about David S. Kidder...
The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation's Past The Intellectual Devotional Modern Culture: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently with the Culturati The Intellectual Devotional Biographies: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Acquaint Yourself with the World's Greatest Personalities The Intellectual Devotional Health: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Digest a Daily Dose of Wellness Wisdom Der SchlauerMacher - Geschichte

Share This Book

“Babylonian scientists used a counting system based on the number sixty, which is why minutes have sixty seconds.” 1 likes
“One by one, Napoleon's armies toppled the ancient monarchies of Europe. The French believed the great ideals of their Republic-liberty, equality, and fraternity-were universal and should, if necessary, be imposed by force.” 0 likes
More quotes…