I’ve been reading Karen Armstrong’s books for several years, most notably, her biography titled The Spiral Staircase, and her fascinating A History of God. Recently, I listened to the author read Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, an unabridged audiobook from Random House. The author reads expertly and it was a joy to listen to her outline the concrete deliberate actions we can each take everyday to build on our intrinsic compassion. As a historian, Armstrong begins her book with a whirlwind tour of the history of compassion through world religions and philosophies. I will want to read the print text to fully absorb her summary. She discusses compassion for self, mindfulness, sympathetic joy, and the limits of our knowledge of the other. If this book sounds interesting to you, please plan to attend our Building Common Ground program in October, details found here. TCPL has multiple copies of Twelve Steps and resources for book group discussions. Do check this out!