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  ·  Rating Details ·  187 Ratings  ·  16 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?

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
John
Oct 18, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
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
Elyse
Dec 10, 2011 Elyse rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration, 2011
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
...more
Becky Morlok
I love Wayne Muller......Did this book in a Bible study....
Jeff
Feb 23, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
Wayne Muller is an ordained minister (he doesnât give a denomination), a psychotherapist and the founder of âœBread for the Journey,â a ministry in Northern New Mexico. In this book he addresses four basic questions: âœWho Am I? What do I love? How shall I live knowing that I will die? What is my gift to the family of the earth?â Muller draws upon his experiences in working with people (especially the poor, those with AIDS, and those in his clinical practice) and a vast knowledge of Christian, J ...more
Sue Tincher
Aug 19, 2008 Sue Tincher rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Kaye
Aug 12, 2013 Kaye rated it did not like it
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.
Divya
Jan 26, 2009 Divya rated it really liked it
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".
Barb
Mar 29, 2009 Barb rated it really liked it
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.
Ellie
Oct 05, 2007 Ellie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults
This is a great guide for people who are trying to live fully, and incorporates faith and psychology.
Gail
Jan 02, 2012 Gail rated it it was amazing
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.
Carole
Oct 16, 2008 Carole rated it it was amazing
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.
Jean
May 05, 2013 Jean rated it liked it
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,
Alex
Sep 09, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
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.
Aggie
Aug 23, 2007 Aggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: innerwork
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?
Tina
Tina rated it it was amazing
Mar 31, 2009
Frederic
Frederic rated it liked it
Dec 13, 2016
Relyn Manginsay Montebon
Relyn Manginsay Montebon rated it it was amazing
Oct 17, 2013
Michael Beckett
Michael Beckett rated it really liked it
May 07, 2016
Lauren
Lauren rated it it was amazing
Apr 23, 2014
Heidi
Heidi rated it it was amazing
Jun 12, 2012
D.j.
D.j. rated it it was amazing
Dec 13, 2013
Angela Soito
Angela Soito rated it it was amazing
Aug 21, 2016
Shannon Freeman
Shannon Freeman rated it really liked it
Mar 16, 2013
Melissa Bradley-ball
Melissa Bradley-ball rated it it was amazing
Jan 11, 2014
Leia
Leia rated it it was amazing
Aug 18, 2013
Trish
Trish rated it it was amazing
Mar 06, 2012
Oceana
Oceana rated it it was amazing
Jul 02, 2014
Tarn Wilson
Tarn Wilson rated it it was amazing
Dec 19, 2014
Robert
Robert rated it liked it
Feb 09, 2012
Carol Mccracken
Carol Mccracken rated it it was amazing
Aug 02, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World
  • Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirtuality
  • Way of the Wolf
  • A Search for What Makes Sense: Finding Faith
  • The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart
  • The Holy Man
  • Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe Is Coming Apart
  • The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages
  • In Constant Prayer (The Ancient Practices)
  • Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels
  • A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth
  • Life of St. Francis of Assisi
  • I'd Rather Teach Peace
  • For All Eternity:  A four talk set to strengthen your marriage
  • The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth
  • What Would a Holy Woman Do?
  • A Curious Faith: Rediscovering a Good God with Childlike Wonder
  • Whistling in the Dark: A Doubter's Dictionary

Share This Book



“Accepting who we are is a practice of non-harming. Sadly, much self-help literature contains seeds of harm: We are urged to remake ourselves into someone who will be spiritually or psychologically acceptable, and that acceptance is conditional on our performance in the areas of therapy, growth, or meditation. We are still not accepting ourselves unconditionally, just as we are in this moment, with a full and joyful heart. A more merciful practice begins with acceptance. It begins with the assumption that we were never broken, never defective. By surrendering into a deep acceptance of our own nature—rather than by tearing apart who we are—we actually make more room for genuine, rich, merciful, playful growth and change. If we feel our fundamental strength, creativity, and wisdom, then change is not frightening at all. Things simply fall away when they are ready, making room for the rich harvest underneath.” 2 likes
More quotes…