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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
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Nov 30, 2011

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What Karen Armstrong is really good at is the history of religion(s), and this book is best in the opening chapters that track compassion as a spiritual value in all the major religions. As a self-help book this is run-of-the-mill. If you're interested in pursuing a course of compassionate living, check out the Buddhists - they've kept loving/kindness in the front of their practices, and have the techniques beautifully formalized. It seems the other religions are more interested in dogma than practice, hence the christian right, and the saffron mafia.
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