Synopses & Reviews
An invaluable guide and companion for anyone seeking greater meaning and purpose in life.
A nominee for the Books for a Better Life award!
As a pioneer in the field of life coaching, Laura Berman Fortgang has spent decades helping people figure out what they want to do with their lives. And so it was a bit of a surprise when a theme she heard repeatedly from clients emerged in her own thinking and would not be dismissed: work didn't feel as "meaningful" to her as it once had. It was one of those big realizations one has from time to time. The funny thing was that it turned out the "solution(s)" to her problem were quite small...
In The Little Book on Meaning Laura Berman Fortgang reveals that while our hunger for a meaningful life can be enormous, our desire for meaning is usually satiated by small, bite-size morsels of meaning-the small, almost incidental events or "achievements" that comprise the fabric of our lives. According to Fortgang, meaning is where you look for it, and through tenderly drawn stories from her own life and the lives of those around her, she shows readers how they too can peek around corners to discover the small elements of their lives that truly matter.
"An aspiring actress turned interfaith minister and life coach, Fortgang (Living Your Best Life) knows what it is to struggle to find meaning in life. The yearning, she says, 'can swallow you whole.' Posing such questions as 'What makes a meaningful relationship with another person?' and 'What constitutes meaningful work?' her lovely guide shows that meaning has five components: 'Mystery' probes life's puzzles; 'Minister' describes transactions between human beings ('to tend to another holding the space for their divinity and innocence to shine through'); 'Magnificence' ('to see the divine, the good, the right... in every person'); 'Mind' covers meditation ('What awaits us in the silence is ourselves'); and 'Mystic' concludes that a New Spirituality is emerging: 'The modern mystic is integrated the worldly self and the spiritual self working as one. The modern mystic is you.' Throughout, she writes honestly about exiting the maze of her own despair and depression as she demonstrates ways to embrace life more fully. Fortgang's writing is moving in its simplicity and sincerity, and like her ministry, her message crosses religious borders; even nonbelievers will find basic truths." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Laura Berman Fortgang is a nationally renowned speaker and life coach, helping individuals, small businesses, and corporations forge new directions and weather change. Recently ordained as an Interfaith Minister, she lives in Montclair, New Jersey.