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

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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
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Published May 5th 1997 by Bantam (first published May 5th 1996)
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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
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
Becky Morlok
I love Wayne Muller......Did this book in a Bible study....
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
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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
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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?
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“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
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