"Knowing is a pilgrimage. It requires taking personal responsibility,
born of love, to pledge allegiance to what we do not yet know....
Knowing is a gift. Epiphany comes as a surprising encounter, equal parts knowing and being known."
In refreshing challenge to the common presumption that knowing involves amassing information, this book offers an 8-step approach that begins with love and pledge and ends with communion and shalom. Everyday adventures of knowing turn on a moment of insight that transforms and connects knower and known. No matter the field–science or art, business or theology, counseling or athletics, this little manual offers a how-to for knowing ventures. It offers concrete guidance to individuals or teams, students or professionals, along with plenty of exercises to spark the process of discovery, design, artistry, or mission.
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"In a conversation some years ago, Esther Meek suggested to me that our first knowledge as human beings is the knowledge of being loved--in the wombs, at the breasts, and in the embraces of our mothers. This first knowledge, she suggested, is paradigmatic for all of our knowing. To know follows being known; being known is woven into being loved. This suggestion has, ever since, been shaping my epistemology as a scholar, but more deeply, my understanding of my knowing as a human being in all of life. Readers of this Little Manual for Knowing are embarking on an adventure that may, similarly, make a decisive difference in their learning and in all of their lives.”
Gideon Strauss, Executive Director, Max De Pree Center for Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary
"If I were asked to choose one key curriculum to be taught in Freshman class of any liberal arts university, it will be Esther Meek's class on epistemology. If I were asked to choose one book, it will be A Little Manual for Knowing. At the Fujimura home we choose one book each summer to read together and discuss with our grown children. This year it will be A Little Manual for Knowing--an essential reading for every university, every business, every church and every home."
Makoto Fujimura, Artist and founder of International Arts Movement
"When I read anything Esther Meek writes I find myself with holy envy longing to be a wiser man. This brilliant little manual captures the depth and simplicity of her work and invites the reader to apply wisdom to real life complexities and problems. Esther's wisdom is immense, playful, and heart transforming. This manual will inform, enlighten, and free you to know how to know in new ways that will transform your heart."
Dan B. Allender, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
"Esther Meek distills deep wisdom with a care scholarly and pastoral at once. Any who wish to see the world more truly will be grateful for her illuminating intervention."
Eric Miller, Professor of American History, Geneva College, and award-winning author of Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch
"With this pearl of great value, Esther Meek lovingly and confidently shepherds us on a pilgrimage, a reconsidering and recovery of what it means to know. Her "Little Manual" not only is about epistemology; indwelling it--reading the text and reflecting on its exercises--is to practice and experience epistemology. For those who commit to the journey, the hoped for gifts await."
Bruce A. Vojak, Associate Dean of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and author of Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms
Know This: A review of Little Manual for Knowing - Eternity Christian Newspaper, a publication of The Bible Society Australia
Guan Un, Reviews Editor at Eternity Newspaper
Subsidiary-Focal Integration and Liturgy - A review of A Little Manual for Knowing for Trinity House Institute
Peter Leithart, Senior Fellow of Theology and Literature at New St. Andrews College
and pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho
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People from a variety of walks of life tell
how Little Manual makes sense of
knowing ventures in their field.
When Loving is Knowing - An interview with Esther Lightcap Meek
Mandy Smith, PARSE