Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “How Then, Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives” as Want to Read:
How Then, Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

How Then, Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  133 ratings  ·  15 reviews
We all long to experience a sense of inner wholeness and guidance, but today's notions of healing and recovery too often keep us focused on our brokenness, on our deficiencies rather than our strengths. Wayne Muller's luminous new book gently guides us to the place where we are already perfect, already blessed with the wisdom we need to live a life of meaning, purpose and ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 5th 1997 by Bantam (first published May 5th 1996)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about How Then, Shall We Live?, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about How Then, Shall We Live?

Tiger's Voyage by Colleen HouckTiger's Quest by Colleen HouckThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Must Haves
57th out of 184 books — 99 voters
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsVampire Academy by Richelle MeadFrostbite by Richelle MeadShadow Kiss by Richelle MeadThe Host by Stephenie Meyer
Books I want to read again
87th out of 370 books — 45 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 297)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Wayne Muller is an ordained minister, psychotherapist and best-selling author. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he has spent the last twenty-five years working closely with some of the most disadvantaged members of society. He founded Bread for the Journey, a national, nonprofit charity serving the poor and underprivileged. Muller's meditation on four simple questions takes him far afield into revealing much of himself, the struggles and victories of the many he helps and into beautiful, i ...more
A refreshingly direct, rich, and straightforward discussion of spirituality and personal integrity. Read a little ... integrate a little ... read a little more ...

Muller, an ordained minister and practicing psychotherapist, shares a wealth of personal and poignant stories. I welcomed that his narrative style offers stories with which ordinary people can resonate.

The book is structured by the questions:
1) Who am I?
2) What do I love?
3) How shall I live, knowing I will die?
4) What is my gift to the
Becky Morlok
I love Wayne Muller......Did this book in a Bible study....
Sue Tincher
Aug 19, 2008 Sue Tincher rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sue by: Refirement Group at church
This was a really touching motivational book. The four questions:
Who am I?
What do I love?
How shall I live, knowing I will die? and
What is my gift to the family of the Earth?
were very much to the point of thinking about how to live a good life, and one that is true to yourself. Muller had a great way of interspersing readings, poems, and recountings of his own personal experiences and those of his acquaintances. The main point I got out of it is to do the things that are important to you, and
I loved Sabbath, but for some reason I found this book to be a real snooze-fest. For me, I think the issue was that all of the examples and illustrations were very disjointed, with a lot of jumping around. It seemed that no paragraph followed another, and on every other page a new human subject was introduced and then discarded. The topic was interesting, but the lack of continuity made me disinterested.
I picked this up because the library didn't carry "Sabbath" a book that my yoga teacher recommended this past week. I loved the writing, riveting and deeply honest. can't wait to get my hands on "Sabbath".
This is an amazing spiritual and meaningful book. It is a terrific alternative to anxiety moments that will help in a therapeutic way. I recommend this book as something to refer to over and over.
It has been some years since I have read this book. The fact that I kept it in my library and did some highlighting in it indicates felt it was a book worth a second read. I liked it,
An amazing book that is a must-read for anyone with a reflective nature. Great storytelling as he addresses the four big questions we all need to answer. He is terrific in person as well.
Another excellent book by Wayne Muller.... explores these questions.... Who AM I? What do I love? How shall I live, Knowing I will Die? What is my gift to the family of the earth?
This is an awesome book, one which I have needed all my life. Its message is so meaningful to me, a recovering alcoholic, a child of a dysfunctional home.
This book was a wonderful companion in a time of grief and a gentle, eye-opening walk into a deeper reality of our sacred mortality.
Oct 05, 2007 Ellie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
This is a great guide for people who are trying to live fully, and incorporates faith and psychology.
Christina Sanantonio

Always enjoy Wayne Muller's insight. Lovely work.
Another good one by Muller!
Grant marked it as to-read
Jan 25, 2015
Georgia marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2015
Grace marked it as to-read
Jan 10, 2015
Radha Cat
Radha Cat marked it as to-read
Jan 04, 2015
Katherine Henderson
Katherine Henderson marked it as to-read
Jan 02, 2015
Cat added it
Nov 28, 2014
Kathy Turnbull
Kathy Turnbull is currently reading it
Nov 21, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Holy Man
  • Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirtuality
  • I'd Rather Teach Peace
  • The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth
  • In Constant Prayer (The Ancient Practices)
  • For All Eternity:  A four talk set to strengthen your marriage
  • Whistling in the Dark: A Doubter's Dictionary
  • The Wise Man Returns
  • The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth
  • Gospel Medicine
  • Press on: Messages on Faith, Hope, and Charity
  • Sweeping Changes:  Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks
  • Speaking Peace: Connecting with Others Through Nonviolent Communication
  • A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
  • Wake Up To Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention
  • How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education
  • Discover Your Spiritual Gifts: The Easy-To-Use, Self-Guided Questionnaire That Helps You Identify and Understand Your Various God-Given Spiritual Gifts
  • Everywoman: A Gynaecological Guide for Life
Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantage of a  Painful Childhood Learning to Pray: How We Find Heaven on Earth Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood

Share This Book