Meaning in Life and Why It Matters

Author: Susan Wolf
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400834594
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Most people, including philosophers, tend to classify human motives as falling into one of two categories: the egoistic or the altruistic, the self-interested or the moral. According to Susan Wolf, however, much of what motivates us does not comfortably fit into this scheme. Often we act neither for our own sake nor out of duty or an impersonal concern for the world. Rather, we act out of love for objects that we rightly perceive as worthy of love--and it is these actions that give meaning to our lives. Wolf makes a compelling case that, along with happiness and morality, this kind of meaningfulness constitutes a distinctive dimension of a good life. Written in a lively and engaging style, and full of provocative examples, Meaning in Life and Why It Matters is a profound and original reflection on a subject of permanent human concern.

The Significance of One

Author: Steve Vanzant
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
ISBN: 0768492645
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Filled with dramatic true-life tragedies, you are immediately submerged into the fatal world of car accidents, suicides, a train wreck, and the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Can one person make a significant difference in the midst of human suffering? Can one person change the outcome of a personal tragedy? Author Steve Vanzant says, "Yes"! As chaplain for a fire department, he is one of the first responders to scenes that would horrify and sicken even the strongest. Hold on tight as you ride with sirens blaring into areas that you hope you only read about during your lifetime. Sit still and listen carefully as you hear the heartache and see the tears that death and destruction bring. One person is significant-you can be the one who helps others through tough times, changing them and the world in the process. Just sitting beside someone in pain, listening to a suffering friend, or opening your heart to hear God's voice makes a positive difference-even an eternal difference.

Living a Life that Matters

Author: Harold S. Kushner
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9781400077694
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In this bestselling work of spiritual advice, the beloved author shows how even our smallest daily actions can become stepping steps toward integrity. Drawing on the stories of his own congregants, on literature, current events and, above all, on the Biblical story of Jacob (the worldly trickster who evolves into a man of God), Rabbi Harold S. Kushner—author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People—addresses some of the most persistent dilemmas of the human condition: Why do decent people so often violate their moral standards? How can we pursue justice without giving in to the lure of revenge? How can we turn our relationships with family and friends into genuine sources of meaning? Persuasive and sympathetic, filled with humanity and warmth, Living a Life That Matters is a deeply rewarding book.

The Defining Decade

Author: Meg Jay
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 0446575062
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Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood. Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely. THE DEFINING DECADE is a smart, compassionate and constructive book about the years we cannot afford to miss.

Self Matters

Author: Dr. Phil McGraw
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743227254
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Addresses the issues of self and self-esteem, demonstrating how to fully realize one's own power through a plan that explains how to overcome fear and fulfill personal potential.

Making Life Matter

Author: Shane Stanford
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426710321
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Discover what it means for the journey—your journey, my journey, our journey—to mean something.

Make Your Bed

Author: William H. McRaven
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455570230
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Should be read by every leader in America...a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can." --Wall Street Journal "Powerful." --USA Today "Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault." --Washington Post "Superb, smart, and succinct." --Forbes BASED ON THE INCREDIBLE GRADUATION SPEECH WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better. Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.

Leading Lives That Matter

Author: Mark R. Schwen
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802829313
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Leading Lives That Matter draws together a wide range of texts -- including fiction, autobiography, and philosophy -- offering challenge and insight to those who are thinking about what to do with their lives. Instead of giving prescriptive advice, Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass approach the subject of vocation as an ongoing conversation. They include in this conversation some of the Western tradition's best writings on human life -- its meaning, purpose, and significance -- ranging from ancient Greek poetry to contemporary fiction. Including Leo Tolstoy's novella The Death of Ivan Ilych as an extended epilogue, this volume will help readers clarify and deepen how they think about their own lives.

The Power of Meaning

Author: Emily Esfahani Smith
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 055344655X
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In a culture obsessed with happiness, this wise, stirring book points the way toward a richer, more satisfying life. Too many of us believe that the search for meaning is an esoteric pursuit—that you have to travel to a distant monastery or page through dusty volumes to discover life’s secrets. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us—right here, right now. To explore how we can craft lives of meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith synthesizes a kaleidoscopic array of sources—from psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists to figures in literature and history such as George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, and the Buddha. Drawing on this research, Smith shows us how cultivating connections to others, identifying and working toward a purpose, telling stories about our place in the world, and seeking out mystery can immeasurably deepen our lives. To bring what she calls the four pillars of meaning to life, Smith visits a tight-knit fishing village in the Chesapeake Bay, stargazes in West Texas, attends a dinner where young people gather to share their experiences of profound loss, and more. She also introduces us to compelling seekers of meaning—from the drug kingpin who finds his purpose in helping people get fit to the artist who draws on her Hindu upbringing to create arresting photographs. And she explores how we might begin to build a culture that leaves space for introspection and awe, cultivates a sense of community, and imbues our lives with meaning. Inspiring and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a life that matters.

Yes You Can Survive Adolescence and Beyond Real Talk

Author: Jeffrey D. Harris
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1456756389
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Yes You Can Survive Adolescence and Beyond was inspired by Jeffrey Harris' childhood and life long experience. Growing up without knowing his biological father, reared in a financially challenged household, Mr. Harris makes no excuses of what he didn't have, but talks about how he achieved what he does have. He learned the values of hardwork at an early age. Self-determination never left him although hard times challenged him. Reflecting on how he walked around with cardboard stuffed at the bottom of his shoes to replace their worn soles, drug dealing and use, and gang involvement, Mr. Harris knows that there is a much better life for everyone despite their challenges. The book captures such experiences of everyday people and prominent people we all know. His experience in the United States Army awakened him to his life's purpose. Although those years were not his best, they were the years that fertilized the seed his grandfather planted within him to cultivate the man he is today. This book is straight talk. It is nothing spectacular, but provocative, practical, profound and to the point. His advice to young people is believable and achievable. The book is trusting and real. Now, you be the judge!