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On purpose : how we create the meaning of life

by Froese, Paul,

Format: Print Book 2016
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction IN TRANSIT
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Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
What is your purpose in life? This simple question motivates some of our most life-altering decisions, deeply-held beliefs, and profound emotions, as well as the choices we make every single day. How we derive meaning from our existence is crucial to finding happiness, developingrelationships, and building societies. In On Purpose, Paul Froese brings together data from large national and international surveys with interviews that illuminate the ways in which people from all walks of life grapple with their continuous search for reason, truth, sense, success, happiness,and-ultimately-transcendence. Froese argues that the desire to connect with something larger than oneself is a universal urge, manifested most directly, but far from solely, in religious communities. Written in vivid, accessible prose, On Purpose takes the reader on a journey through thecomplexities and consequences of life's most important question.From the start, Froese admits that the answer to the question is deceptively simple: our purpose is whatever we imagine it to be. But what we imagine our purpose to be depends on innumerable factors beyond our control: our wealth, race, education level, upbringing, past experiences, and community.Froese argues that one's surroundings serve as a kind of soil that can either nurture purpose or foster meaninglessness. Framing the book around six key questions, Froese refuses to collapse the meaning of life into a single authoritative answer, as self-help gurus do. Instead, he deconstructs eachquestion to reveal the social pathways that guide people to distinctive answers.Through lively, engaging storytelling that mixes data and analysis with literary and historical examples of the quest for purpose, Froese sheds new light on a timeless and all-too-human quandary. The moral of the book is not that life has some ultimate meaning or no meaning at all, but rather thatcreating a purpose-driven life has always been a collective project.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Froese seeks to understand how humans construct the spiritual search for truth in his investigation of ways that imagination stands at the center of all that we create. "Monotheists find God; spiritualists find cosmic unity; secularists find inner goodness and moral universals; and nihilists find nothing at all." In his research through a number of resources, Froese has been able to look at man's search for a path forward in a changing world when it is difficult to find a way. The book is a strong treatise about the core spirituality that guides the direction of our family choices, career decisions, and the simple tasks of daily life. Froese provides a cursory look at theological scholarship and then discusses the trajectory of the modern searcher in the 21st century. Is there truth in the course we take to find meaning, or is it all without meaning? This book will appeal to both the secular reader and those with a faith-based conception of our place in the world. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Religion and sociology.
Publisher Oxford :2016
Language English
Description 245 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-236) and index.
ISBN 9780199948901
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