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Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition

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In the wise and often witty Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose, Brian Mahan considers the question of how it is possible to create a meaningful spiritual life while living in a culture that measures us by what we have rather than who we are. Drawing on nearly two decades of teaching experience. Brian Mahan shares stories of personal struggle and triumph that demonstrate how t ...more
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Published January 22nd 2002 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 4th 2002)
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Emily Johnson
Sep 12, 2013 Emily Johnson rated it liked it
I really love the title, which is why I bought it. Like a previous reviewer I'd say a well-sourced book makes you want to go back to the sources. Christian focus I wasn't aware of at first, but it doesn't change the interest of the discussion about overcoming social scripts, and finding what really moves us despite our learning as we grow up to ignore deeper callings. Also, honestly engages the reader with exercises designed to provoke remembrance. I think his course, which this is based on, wou ...more
Erica
Jan 09, 2012 Erica rated it liked it
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I am feeling very lukewarm about this book... I would say it was a love hate relationship, but that's not quite it. I guess I liked what Mahan had to say more than how he said it. At times I felt like I might have fared better if I had read all of the primary sources from which he draws (and I actually have read a few...) The plus side... a lot to think about, that could potentially be quite useful. I am very much aware that I was reading the book as one who works daily with young people testing ...more
Darren G
Apr 19, 2011 Darren G rated it really liked it
Well-written, thought provoking, spiritually generous book.
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I read this many years ago and it stuck with me with the powerful message of questioning the cultural push to glamorize ambition at the expense of other values.
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Sep 21, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it
He's got some topsy-turvy ideas, but he can be a bit verbose at times. A great book to help you examine why you choose the work you do.
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May 17, 2007 Danielle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who's doing some soul searching
This book really helped to ensure me of my intended career of teaching English, but anyone with any type of job goals could benefit from this.
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Recommends it for: everybody!
An intense read for the vocationally challenged, yet it is rewarding once finished.
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