Foreword by Tom Brokaw
Bob Abernethy’s PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly has been described as "the best spot on the television landscape to take in the broad view of the spiritual dimension of American life" by the Christian Science Monitor. "Finally," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle, "something intelligent on TV about religion." Now, together with his co-author William Bole, Abernethy has turned his attention to making a book that asks all the big questions—and elicits the most surprising answers from a who's-who of today's serious religious and spiritual thinkers from across the spectrum of faiths and denominations.
In this thoughtful collection, extraordinary people give their personal and private accounts of their own spiritual struggle. Their insights on community, prayer, suffering, religious observance comprise an elegant meditation on the desire for something beyond what we can see and measure.
The Life of Meaning includes contributors Jimmy Carter, Francis Collins, the Dalai Lama, Robert Franklin, Irving Greenberg, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Harold Kushner, Anne Lamott, Madeleine L'Engle, Thomas Lynch, Martin Marty, Mark Noll, Rachel Remen, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor, Studs Terkel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Phyllis Tickle, Desmond Tutu, Jean Vanier, and Marianne Williamson, and many more.