Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Karen Armstrong explains how to practise the religion of compassion that her last books have preached.

In November 2009 Armstrong and TED launched The Charter of Compassion, which states that “We call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion…to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings — even those regarded as enemies.” To date, it’s been signed by over 48,000 people on the Web, including such figures as The Dalai Lama and Queen Noor, Dave Eggers and Meg Ryan. (www.charterforcompassion.org) Out of the ideals of that Charter has come this humane, accessible, indispensable short book for our times.

Reviews

Karen Armstrong is a genius.”
 — A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life
 
“Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.”
 — The New York Times Book Review
 
“Armstrong is a masterful writer.”
 — Publishers Weekly
 
“Armstrong has the gift of being able to compress a lot of information into a small space without losing focus or clarity.”
 — Edmonton Journal