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And Live Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life -- Personal Encounters with Spiritual Mavericks, Remarkable Seekers, and the World's Great Religious Leaders

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Huston Smith is in his 90s and has long been the preeminent voice of ecumenical and the study of the world's religions in the U.S.A. He has written a previous memoir about his childhood and early adulthood, Tales of Wonder. This new book goes back through his life and describes meetings and experiences around his study of religion. He shares encounters with some of the mos ...more
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Published August 22nd 2012 by New World Library (first published August 21st 2012)
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Kim Larocque
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It almost seems like it was masterminded for me to be in the right place at the right time” Huston Smith San Francisco Chronicle, May 21st, 2009

I am quite embarrassed to admit, I never heard of Huston Smith before New World Library sent me And Live Rejoicing last month. How did I go my whole spiritual life without picking up one of his books, or seen his name on a quote? I guess the important thing here is I finally was introduced to one of the most “traveled” and amazing men I have ever read a
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Mary-Lynne
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At 93 years of age, Huston Smith has experienced an incredibly diverse life. And Live Rejoicing is the second installment of his memoir filled with brief yet elegantly worded stories. It is easy to imagine him sitting in a rocking chair by a fire relating these tales. His language is warm and inviting. He traveled around the world ten times over forty year. He met the Dalai Lama and arranged for His Holiness’ first visit to the United States. To open a Union of Concerned Scientists event, he hir ...more
Noreen
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantastic, couldn't put it down. Personal interviews and experiences with Spiritual Mavericks, Seekers, Authors, Poets, Physicists, Philosophers and religious leaders.

No one person no matter how intelligent can know all. We are all brothers walking arm in arm down the road of life together, so we should help each other along that road. Reuben Snake.

Each of us knows very little of what we need to know, so we ask our companions. And thus begins the process by which we proceed to understand as muc
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Shelli
I had the great pleasure to meet Huston Smith on a couple of occasions, and to travel with him and his lovely Kendra briefly during a seminal time in my life in the summer of 1984. I've read many of his books and loved every single one, including this one. Reading "And Live Rejoicing..." was like sitting with Professor Smith in his living room, on a mountain top, in an ashram, in a lecture hall or in a holy sanctuary while he shared amazing vignettes from his life. What a journey! He is truly a ...more
Jeff
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the retelling of his life stories! Such a gift for getting to the nut of the matter. Though I think it not a natural grace to live and let live, he finds the beauty in others, with an open mind and heart. Just a joy to read and relax with as he walks through the memories.
Robin
Huston Smith grew up the son of Methodist missionaries in China and became a world renown author and professor of world religions. These essays have a feel of occasionally scattered remembrance as Smith was over 90 when they were written. But they provide an interesting look into his life and occasionally the songs and music that accompanied that life -- My life flows on/How can I keep from singing, Oh happy day, and reminisces of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger.
Yvonne Flint
I wanted more depth of thought ... it's Huston Smith, after all.
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Smith was born in Suzhou, China to Methodist missionaries and spent his first 17 years there. He taught at the Universities of Colorado and Denver from 1944–1947, moving to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for the next ten years, and then Professor of Philosophy at MIT from 1958–1973. While at MIT he participated in some of the experiments with entheogens that professor Timothy Leary c ...more
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