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On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life

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What is your purpose in life? This simple question motivates some of our most life-altering decisions, deeply-held beliefs, and profound emotions, as well as the choices we make every single day. How we derive meaning from our existence is crucial to finding happiness, developing relationships, and building societies. In On Purpose, Paul Froese brings together data from la ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 6th 2016 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2016)
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Michelle Only Wants to Read
If you are looking for a step-by-step “how to” book on how to find your purpose, this title will not be for you. He discusses the relevance and usefulness of those books in finding meaning in life, though. According to research, the first thing we probably need to ask ourselves when looking for an instructional manual on how to find purpose and happiness is: what are my beliefs? Froese compares motivational giants’ Eckart Tolle, Tony Robbins, Rick Warren and Stephen Covey approaches to finding p ...more
Alan Peralta
“The way we imagine and talk about life’s purpose depends on social situations, locations and eras.”

This book, never mind the title and what you might assume from it, is pretty far from the self-help section. Written by Dr. Paul Froese, a professor of sociology and a research fellow for the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, it maintains an academic prose and detachment during all of its chapters. Not so much a book about how to find your purpose in life, it is about how peo
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Bogdan Alexa
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
For me, it wasn't a great read, but not bad either (since I managed to finish it, eventually), and I dare say it is so because I've been for a long time interested in such matters and have read extensively in the "self development and philosophy" category, let's say.
It doesn't say what life's purpose should be, but rather explains how people come to choose their life purpose, what influences people in this aspect. And it's quite interesting.
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Marina Catarau
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Voința, libertatea de alegere, imaginația - unelte pentru a-ți construi propriul scop. Și totul sub influenta societății care ne sculptează după bunul ei plac. Adevărul, conștiința sinelui și noțiunea de timp te va ajuta să fii mai aproape de sens.
Bashar Al-ghnnam
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Great book for people wants to re navigate there life purpose
Rob
This was a somewhat unusual read. It looked kind of like a "how to find your purpose"-type self-help book, which was simultaneously appealing and not. However, it looked, upon quick reflection, to have a bit more intellectual rigor to it, so I went for it. It turns out to not be a book about how to find your purpose, but more a critique of books of that nature. Froese's study was a bit dry and academic
but interesting. It was an interesting look at the current cultural clash between faith and new
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Sofie Tyger
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not sure about his approach to a lot of things, nor his treatment of the religious experience (or the term 'self-enchantment'). You can't exactly take a secular approach to everything. I did, however, like some of the other topics, like social time.
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