Spiritual trailblazer Huston Smith has written comprehensive books about religion and a memoir of his own life, but nowhere has he merged the two elements of seeking and experience with such storytelling flair as he has in these pages. Few have done as much as Smith to explore and illuminate the world’s religions and spiritual traditions, and none have done it with such accessibility, wonder, and delight. In this joyous volume, he looks back on his extraordinary life, describing riveting scenes with unforgettable characters in India, Africa, Tibet, and Japan. Smith’s charm and exuberance come through on every page.
About the Author
Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why Religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.
Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and television host. He lectures frequently on a wide spectrum of topics that reflect his mythic journeys, including mythology, movies, writing, mentorship, beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. Currently the host of Link TV s "Global Spirit" series, Cousineau has published more than two dozen nonfiction books and has fifteen scriptwriting credits to his name. His books have been translated into nine languages. An expert on mythology and film and the hero journey structure of screenplays, Cousineau consults on writing projects of all kinds. He lives in San Francisco.
Praise for And Live Rejoicing:
When I think of Huston Smith, the word radiance comes to mind. And that generous radiance shines through this extraordinary book a tribute to his delight in the joy at the heart of things. He has had a reverence for and a delight in everyone he has met. Someone once wrote of Shakespeare’s immense intelligent charity. That’s Huston. His unique gift to us is the generous radiance of the joining of his sharp intellect with his universal spirit. At the same time, this book reveals the richness of the great spiritual traditions, which call us to be generously human. A healing and hilarious book for our time.”
Alan Jones, dean emeritus of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and honorary canon of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres
One loves what Huston Smith brings to us as one loves an unfailing source of light and warmth. A book a life that nourishes the spirit as it opens the heart.”
Jacob Needleman, author of An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth
An enthusiastic discourse on authentic joy, and Smith’s joy resonates from every page. His missionary lineage and childhood in rural China...positioned him to look at life through a different lens. As he matured, he made a decision to use that lens to find the humanity at the heart of what he perceived. Humble, kind, and nonconforming, Smith gives readers the gift of observing through the obvious to the core of existence and the eternal spirit that is our birthright.”
Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
Praise for Huston Smith and His Previous Books:
My idea of heaven (on earth) is sitting in a room and listening to Huston Smith.”
Pico Iyer, author of The Global Soul
Sometimes [Huston Smith] becomes as spontaneous and radiant as the ineffable beauty he talks about....A clean wind of truth blows through his presence. He always makes me feel more alive! He knows, and lives, and loves whereof he speaks.”
Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book
I read Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions as a teenager. It was the most influential event in my life. He has shaped my thinking and my lifelong quest, and guided me to where I am today.”
Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and War of the Worldviews
Huston Smith’s words serve me well in traversing my spiritual path.”
Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now
Huston Smith approaches religion with the wisdom of a philosopher and the wonder of a child. He looks for similarities that unite, not differences that divide. He comes armed with knowledge and blessed with understanding.”
Don Lattin, author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club
[The World’s Religions] is the one book on religion I can’t do without. I return to it often and always with reward.”