The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life

Simran Jeet Singh

"As a boy growing up in South Texas, Simran Jeet Singh and his brothers confronted racism daily. Instead of giving in to negativity, he delved into the Sikh teachings he grew up with and embraced the lessons to seek the good in every person and situation and to find positive ways to direct his energy.

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Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publish Date: 07/19/2022
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9780593087978
ISBN-10: 0593087976
Language: English

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August 17, 2022

With each selfless act, we become slightly less selfish; with each loving action, we become slightly more loving. On their own, single acts might seem random, but taken together, they bring light into our world and into each of us. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 04, 2022

Author and religious scholar Simran Jeet Singh provides a deep dive into understanding key concepts of Sikhi and gives us a new way to perceive and learn from the 2012 tragedy in Oak Creek. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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A National Bestseller "I love this book... It is rich in wisdom, religious and personal, and it is absolutely charming." --Anne Lamott, author of Dusk, Night, Dawn and Help, Thanks, Wow An inspiring approach to a happier, more fulfilling life through Sikh teachings on love and service. As a boy growing up in South Texas, Simran Jeet Singh and his brothers confronted racism daily: at school, in their neighborhood, playing sports, and later in college and beyond. Despite the prejudice and hate he faced, this self-described "turban-wearing, brown-skinned, beard-loving Sikh" refused to give in to negativity. Instead, Singh delved deep into the Sikh teachings that he grew up with and embraced the lessons to seek the good in every person and situation and to find positive ways to direct his energy. These Sikh tenets of love and service to others have empowered him to forge a life of connection and a commitment to justice that have made him a national figure in the areas of equity, inclusion, and social justice. The Light We Give lays out how we can learn to integrate ethical living to achieve personal happiness and a happier life. It speaks to those who are inspired to take on positive change but don't know where to begin. To those who crave the chance to be empathetic but are afraid of looking vulnerable. To those who seek the courage to confront hatred with love and compassion. Singh reaches beyond his comfort zone to practice this deeper form of living and explores how everyone can learn the insights and skills that have kept him engaged and led him to commit to activism without becoming consumed by anger, self-pity, or burnout. Part memoir, part spiritual journey, The Light We Give is a transformative book of hope that shows how each of us can turn away from fear and uncertainty and move toward renewal and positive change.

About Simran Jeet Singh

Simran Jeet Singh, Ph. D is Executive Director for the Religion & Society Program at the Aspen Institute and a visiting professor of history and religion at Union Theological Seminary.

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