This I believe : the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women

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An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies of a group of remarkable men and women
Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists--from the famous to the unknown--completing the thought that begins the book's title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Featuring a well-known list of contributors--including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike--the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk from Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells Yellow Pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on the state of Rhode Island's parole board.
The result is a stirring and provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of people whose beliefs--and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them--reveal the American spirit at its best.
Foreword / Studs Terkel
Introduction / Jay Allison
Be cool to the pizza dude / Sarah Adams
Leaving identity issues to other folks / Phyllis Allen
In giving I connect with others / Isabel Allende
Remembering all the boys / Elvia Bautista
The mountain disappears / Leonard Bernstein
How is it possible to believe in God? / William F. Buckley, Jr.
The fellowship of the world / Niven Busch
There is no job more important than parenting / Benjamin Carson
A journey toward acceptance and love / Greg Chapman
A shared moment of trust / Warren Christopher
The hardest work you will ever do / Mary Cook
Good can be as communicable as evil / Norman Corwin
A daily walk just to listen / Susan Cosio
The elusive yet holy core / Kathy Dahlen
My father's evening star / William O. Douglas
An honest doubter / Elizabeth Deutsch Earle
Have I learned anything important since I was sixteen? / Elizabeth Deutsch Earle
An ideal of service to our fellow man / Albert Einstein
The power and mystery of naming things / Eve Ensler
A goal of service to humankind / Anthony Fauci
The God who embraced me / John W. Fountain
Unleashing the power of creativity / Bill Gates
The people who love you when no one else will / Cecile Gilmer
The willingness to work for solutions / Newt Gingrich
The connection between strangers / Miles Goodwin
An athlete of God / Martha Graham
Seeing in beautiful, precise pictures / Temple Grandin
Disrupting my comfort zone / Brian Grazer
Science nourishes the mind and the soul / Brian Greene
In praise of the "Wobblies" / Ted Gup
The power of presence / Debbie Hall
A grown-up Barbie / Jane Hamill
Happy talk / Oscar Hammerstein II
Natural links in a long chain of being / Victor Hanson
Talking with the sun / Joy Harjo
A morning prayer in a little church / Helen Hayes
Our noble, essential decency / Robert A. Heinlein
A new birth of freedom / Maximilian Hodder
The benefits of restlessness and jagged edges / Kay Redfield Jamison
There is no God / Penn Jillette
A duty to heal / Pius Kamau
Living life with "Grace and elegant treeness" / Ruth Kamps
The light of a brighter day / Helen Keller
The bright lights of freedom / Harold Hongju Koh
The power of love to transform and heal / Jackie Lantry
The power of mysteries / Alan Lightman
Life grows in the soil of time / Thomas Mann
Why I close my restaurant / George Mardikian
The virtues of the quiet hero / John McCain
The joy and enthusiasm of reading / Rick Moody
There is such a thing as truth / Errol Morris
The rule of law / Michael Mullane
Getting angry can be a good thing / Cecilia Muñoz
Mysterious connections that link us together / Azar Nafisi
The making of poems / Gregory Orr
We are each other's business / Eboo Patel
The 50-percent theory of life / Steve Porter
The America I believe in / Colin Powell
The real consequences of justice / Frederic Reamer
There is more to life than my life / Jamaica Ritcher
Tomorrow will be a better day / Josh Rittenberg
Free minds and hearts at work / Jackie Robinson
Growth that starts from thinking / Eleanor Roosevelt
The artistry in hidden talents / Mel Rusnov
My fellow worms / Carl Sandburg
When children are wanted / Margaret Sanger
Jazz is the sound of God laughing / Colleen Shaddox
There is no such thing as too much barbecue / Jason Sheehan
The people have spoken / Mark shields
Everything potent is dangerous / Wallace Stegner
A balance between nature and nurture / Gloria Steinem
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness / Andrew Sullivan
Always go to the funeral / Deirdre Sullivan
Finding prosperity by feeding monkeys / Harold Taw
I agree with a pagan / Arnold Toynbee
Testing the limits of what I know and feel / John Updike
How do you believe in a mystery? / Loudon Wainwright III
Creative solutions to life's challenges / Frank X. Walker
Goodness doesn't just happen / Rebecca West
When ordinary people achieve extraordinary things / Jody Williams
Afterword: The history of This I believe : the power of an idea / Dan Gediman
Appendix A: Introduction to the 1950s This I believe radio series / Edward R. Murrow
Appendix B: How to write your own This I believe essay
Appendix C: How to use This I believe in your community

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "National Public Radio listeners have been moved to tears by the personal essays that constitute the series This I Believe. Created in 1951 with Edward Murrow as host, the sometimes funny, often profound, and always compelling series has been revived, according to host Jay Allison, because, once again, matters of belief divide our country and the world. Oral historian Studs Terkel kicks things off, and 80 personal credos follow. Essays from the original series are interleaved with contemporary essays (selected from more than 11,000 submissions) to create a resounding chorus. English professor Sara Adams avers that one should be cool to the pizza delivery dude. John McCain states, I believe in honor, faith, and service. Iranian-born writer Azar Nafisi writes, I believe in empathy. Jackie Robinson said, I believe in the goodness of a free society. Rick Moody believes in the absolute and unlimited liberty of reading. Appendixes offer guidelines and resources because the urge to write such declarations is contagious, and schools and libraries have been coordinating This I Believe programs, which we believe is a righteous endeavor. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In the 1950s, the Edward R. Murrow-hosted radio program This I Believe prompted Americans to briefly explain their most cherished beliefs, be they religious or purely pragmatic. Since the program's 2005 renaissance as a weekly NPR segment, Allison (the host) and Gediman (the executive producer) have collected some of the best essays from This I Believe then and now. "Your personal credo" is what Allison calls it in the book's introduction, noting that today's program is distinguished from the 1950s version in soliciting submissions from ordinary Americans from all walks of life. These make up some of the book's most powerful and memorable moments, from the surgeon whose illiterate mother changed his early life with faith and a library card to the English professor whose poetry helped him process a traumatic childhood event. And in one of the book's most unusual essays, a Burmese immigrant confides that he believes in feeding monkeys on his birthday because a Buddhist monk once prophesied that if he followed this ritual, his family would prosper. There are luminaries here, too, including Gloria Steinem, Warren Christopher, Helen Keller, Isabel Allende, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Updike and (most surprisingly, considering the book's more liberal bent) Newt Gingrich. This feast of ruminations is a treat for any reader. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Belief and doubt.
Conduct of life.
Publisher New York :H. Holt,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Allison, Jay, editor.
Gediman, Dan, editor.
Gregory, John, 1964- editor.
Merrick, Viki, editor.
Language English
Description xxi, 281 pages, 15 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 0805080872
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