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Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition
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
Published January 22nd 2002 by Jossey-Bass
(first published January 4th 2002)
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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
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