On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life

On Purpose How We Create the Meaning of Life 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

  • Title: On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life
  • Author: Paul Froese
  • ISBN: 9780199948901
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, developing relationships, and building societies In On Purpose, Paul Froese brings together data from laWhat 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, developing relationships, 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 the complexities 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 each question 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 that creating a purpose driven life has always been a collective project.

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    1. If you are looking for a step-by-step “how to” book on how to find your purpose, this title will not be for you. He discusses the relevance and usefulness of those books in finding meaning in life, though. According to research, the first thing we probably need to ask ourselves when looking for an instructional manual on how to find purpose and happiness is: what are my beliefs? Froese compares motivational giants’ Eckart Tolle, Tony Robbins, Rick Warren and Stephen Covey approaches to fin [...]

    2. “The way we imagine and talk about life’s purpose depends on social situations, locations and eras.”This book, never mind the title and what you might assume from it, is pretty far from the self-help section. Written by Dr. Paul Froese, a professor of sociology and a research fellow for the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, it maintains an academic prose and detachment during all of its chapters. Not so much a book about how to find your purpose in life, it is about h [...]

    3. This was a somewhat unusual read. It looked kind of like a "how to find your purpose"-type self-help book, which was simultaneously appealing and not. However, it looked, upon quick reflection, to have a bit more intellectual rigor to it, so I went for it. It turns out to not be a book about how to find your purpose, but more a critique of books of that nature. Froese's study was a bit dry and academicbut interesting. It was an interesting look at the current cultural clash between faith and new [...]

    4. I'm not sure about his approach to a lot of things, nor his treatment of the religious experience (or the term 'self-enchantment'). You can't exactly take a secular approach to everything. I did, however, like some of the other topics, like social time.

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