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In Spiritual Genius, journalist Winifred Gallagher, the acclaimed author of Working on God, asks Rabbi Lawrence Kushner to define holiness. "Standing in the presenceof God," he says. "Everyone has it, but some people seem to have more of a knack for accessing it." Like holiness, the gift that Gallagher calls "spiritual genius"--which shedefines as "the uniquely human abili...more
Published January 8th 2002 by Random House
(first published 2002)
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I love this book--this was a re-read for me and I found it replenishing at a time in my life when my own religious routines have been feeling stale of late. An insightful journalist traveled the world to explore the lives of recognized "geniuses" from a variety of religious traditions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. The only name among the ten "geniuses" figured that I knew was Huston Smith, because I attended one his lectures at Cal once and read one of his books. Learning even...more
The real genius of this book lies not in the selection of these particular masters, but in the way each master is described. Winifred Gallagher is a journalist, and so the language is clear and simple, while painting a vivid picture of each person's character. However, I did so enjoy learning about each master Gallagher describes. The most interesting to me was Riffat Hassan, but I did very much enjoy the chapters about Ammachi Karunamayi, Tenzin Palmo, and Huston Smith as well. Another favorite...more
This came off of my "to read" list and it has been a good book for me. Though, I really had to concentrate on the insights that some of the people Gallagher interviewed, bestowed. She selected spiritual people that she feels have a genuine connection to "spirituality." This book reinforced for me the longing that I have felt over the years that my religious background was not quite what I needed. Then, I discover that all religions have the same nugget of truth. Then, I discover, like Jung says,...more
This was really interesting and inspirational book. It explores how people of different religions are leading spiritual lives in their own way and gives tips on how each of us can apply some of their teachings/findings to our own lives. Although sometimes hard to read because of technical terms, I found it to be moving and very uplifting.