Oprah sits down with best-selling author, former Catholic nun and world-renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong to discuss her memoir “The Spiral Staircase.” Armstrong discusses the details of her fascinating spiritual journey which began when she joined the convent at the tender age of seventeen. Hoping to forge a deep connection to God, her inspiration was met with harsh disillusionment. She says she was deeply unhappy as a nun, and unable to pray. Seven years later, she left the convent feeling like a failure, with her future in question. She avoided all organized religion for more than a decade, but then returned to the subject years later as a writer and a scholar after experiencing an “awakening” while on assignment in Jerusalem.
Today, she is one of the world’s most sought-after speakers on the subject of religion. The author of twenty books, she made headlines with her best-selling “A History of God.” In 2008, she won the TED prize, awarded to extraordinary individuals with creative and bold visions to spark global change, and created Charter for Compassion, a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. She believes compassion is the unifying principle of all religions, which she summed up in the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
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“Super Soul Sunday” is the multi-award winning daytime series that delivers a timely thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring block of programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. Recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Daytime Emmy® award, the Alliance of Women in Media Foundation with a Gracie award and the Religion Communicators Council with a Wilbur award, “Super Soul Sunday” features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders. Exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality and conscious living, guests who have appeared include Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Wayne Dyer, Gary Zukav, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson, Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Daniel Pink, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Home to Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, the series has helped surge book sales of best-selling author Cheryl Strayed and debut novelist Ayana Mathis. The series also frequently presents Rainn Wilson’s collection of uplifting short films created under his SoulPancake banner. A truly unique television experience, this ground-breaking series has attracted one of the most loyal, active and engaged social communities in television. Every episode has ranked in the top ten most social shows in broadcast television and cable, spiking to number one more than twelve times (source: Bluefin Data). Produced by Harpo Studios, Super Soul Sunday presents an array of perspectives on what it means to be alive in today’s world.