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A Pocket Guide to the Meaning of Life [Paperback]

Peter Kreeft
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March 1, 2007 Pocket Guide to
The meaning of life. You can't buy it, steal it, borrow it. You have to discover it.

Best-selling Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft has written a short, thoughtful guide to help you on your journey. Kreeft lays out God's answers to your questions with a simplicity and directness that will help you find that meaning,and share that meaning with others.

God's answers are not complicated or secret. They simply need to be accepted and made your own. This pocket guide will help you do just that.

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About the Author

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College. He is a regular contributor to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and is the author of over 45 books.

Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Guide to
  • Paperback: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN); Poc edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592763006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592763009
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Kreeft, premium price March 30, 2007
This little booklet is packed with just what you'd expect from Peter Kreeft: memorable phrases, penetrating insight, and scores of references to Scripture and Church fathers. Think of it as a very brief Q&A catechism for the lightly-churched but genuinely-curious. The downside is its price. Seven dollars for what is essentially a 1000-word pamphlet is a bit rich. And since this is the sort of guide buyers would want to distribute to attendees of youth retreats or place in parish literature racks, Our Sunday Visitor ought to shave about $5 from the asking price to make bulk orders more feasible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got teenagers? October 23, 2007
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If you are raising teenagers (or there-abouts) then get this book. It is short and to the point which is exactly what Dr. Kreeft knew young people would need. This is not Peter Kreeft's usual philosophy book rather it is philosophy-lite to help young people know why they are here on earth. It is well worth putting in the Christmas stocking, or leaving on the dining room table or just giving to your son, daughter, niece or nephew. It's the very least we adults can do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put it in your pocket! December 27, 2007
If any writer today can squeeze the meaning of life into a small 64 page booklet, the popular and prolific author Peter Kreeft can! The book is short, brief, almost laconic. One can throw it into the purse or even the pocket. And yet, the Pocket Guide to the Meaning of Life has it all: the truth of who we are, why we are here, where we are going, and how to get there.

The book is laid out in a simple Q&A format, displaying no more than 2 questions per page. Whenever he is able, Kreeft answers the questions with a single word or short phrase. Once in a while, a relevant, brief passage of the Bible is quoted. Sometimes, he answers the question posed by stating, "this is the way Jesus answered it", and proceeds then to quote from a Gospel writer. Saint Augustine is quoted a couple of times as well, and Saint John of the Cross and Gaudium et Spes once each.

This booklet will make a nice study aid for preparation for the sacrament of confirmation, but also beyond that-it would be helpful reading to just about anyone, in any stage of life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Gems from Kreeft October 9, 2011
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Peter Kreeft is one of my favorite writers - He is a Catholic Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and teaches as well at the King's College in New York. One of my top five favorite books of all time was written by him called "Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing." I have a Book Review - which comes nowhere near to doing the book justice on this site. I don't agree with everything Kreeft writes in this little booklet, nor in most of his writings, but he always gives some great insights, makes one think, and always provides fantastic food for thought.

In this booklet he asks 67 questions related to the meaning of life. Here are a few of the profound insights he gives in answer to some of the questions he asks:

"You need only one thing besides knowing God: you need to know that you need nothing more."

A GREAT quote from Saint Augustine, "One who has God, has everything; and one who has everything except God, has nothing; and one who has God plus everything else has no more than one who has God alone."

In answer to how has God revealed Himself? He gives seven ways:

1) In nature, His creation, as an artist is revealed in art.
2) In human nature, especially in conscience, His inner prophet in your soul.
3) In every truth we discover, every good we do, and every beauty we create.
4) In history, by choosing a people (the Jews) to be His collective prophet to the world, making a covenant with them, giving them His law and His prophets, performing miracles for them (such as the Exodus), and inspiring their sacred Scriptures, which Christians call the "Old Testament."
5) Most completely of all, in sending His own divine Son, Jesus Christ.
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---"Beauty" -- The branch of philosophy dealing with aesthetics.
---"C. S. Lewis and Mere Christianity" -- C.S. Lewis' masterpiece
--- Charisms: Visions, Tongues, Healing, etc. (feat. Dave Nevins)
---"Christianity in Lord of the Rings" -- The cleverly disguised role of God
---"Culture War" -- A call to arms, mapping key enemies and battlefields
---"Existence of God" -- A magnificent overview of the arguments
---"Good, True, Beautiful" -- C.S. Lewis on three great transcendentals
---"Happiness" -- How do you get it? Christ's version vs. the world's
---"Heaven" -- The heart's deepest longing
---"Hollywood Screenwriting" -- Encouragement to film's creative storytellers
---"If Einstein Had Been a Surfer" -- Rediscovering intuitive thinking
---"Lord, Liar, or Lunatic" -- The famous argument for Christ's identity
---"Problem of Pain" -- C.S. Lewis's brilliant exposition on suffering and evil
---"Sex in Heaven" -- Imaging the fire of God's love
---"Sexual Reconnection" -- Healing the link between sex & love
---"Shocking Beauty" -- The live character of Christ

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