The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong, is interesting but Huge. I mean, this book is both physically Huge (far too heavy to read in the bathtub or on the treadmill) and spans a Huge topic. The author examines the Axial Age, or the few hundred years that saw the birth of the major religions of today. So it spans the whole world, some very deep religious concepts, and hundreds of years of ancient history.
Since I don't need another book that feels like mind-numbing (although interesting in places) homework, I'm going to send this one back to the library.
A quote from the beginning of the book:
We all look for moments of ecstasy and rapture, when we inhabit our humanity more fully than usual and feel deeply touched within and lifted momentarily beyond ourselves. We are meaning-seeking creatures and, unlike other animals, fall very easily into despair if we cannot find significance and value in our lives.
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