All of us, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, are searching for meaning. And in this wise and life-affirming book, non-believer Alain de Botton suggests that religions, far from being nonsensical as atheists maintain, are instead full of good ideas on how to live.
And that we should steal from them.
Picking and choosing from the thousands of years of advice assembled by the world's great religions to get practical insights on art, community, love, friendship, work, life and death, Alain de Botton will show how each of us may find our place in the world.
'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live.' Jeanette Winterson, The Times
'I find de Botton's curiosity and enthusiasm addictive and I admire his almost childlike readiness to see the world through fresh eyes. There isn't a page in this book that doesn't contain a striking idea or a stimulating parallel.' Mail on Sunday
'Packed with tantalizing goads to thought and playful prompts to action.' Independent