Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $31.00
  • Save: $10.22 (33%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Leading Lives That Matter... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: POOR. Top corner of pages wrinkled and stained from spill, highlighting and underlining throughout. Fine for reading but not pretty
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be Paperback – April 25, 2006

4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$20.78
$14.00 $3.02

$20.78 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be
  • +
  • The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
Total price: $26.28
Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Editorial Reviews

Review

Congregations
"Humanizes the sometimes daunting task of self-discovery and the work required to live a life of purpose."

Critique
"We recommend Leading Lives That Matter to parents, pastors, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders. The book is centered on a topic of perennial importance and instead of purporting to tell us how to live meaningfully, it invites us to join a conversation in order to develop wisdom in living."

Amy and Leon Kass
-- University of Chicago
"Leading Lives That Matter speaks directly to the universal desire and urgent need to know what one should do and who one should be. Its broad range of texts, each aptly chosen and engagingly introduced, arms readers with a richer, more deeply textured vocabulary for thinking about these matters and with stunning models and examples of lives wonderfully lived."

Miroslav Volf
-- Yale Divinity School
"We are overwhelmed, we are self-absorbed, we feel melancholy emptiness -- most of us and more often than we like. Yet we long for our lives to contribute to something truly great, something that transcends our individual selves. Here is an excellent tool that helps us reflect on how our lives acquire depth and weight, that offers guidance about who we should be and what we should do if we are to lead lives that truly matter."

Sharon Daloz Parks
-- author of Leadership Can Be Taught
"An elegantly crafted anthology and a treasure trove for the soul. Nuggets of insight, a gem of a story, or a strand of meaningful argument will capture your eye, reshape your heart and mind, and strengthen your resolve to listen more attentively -- in the good company of these many authors -- to the haunting, healing, creative sense of calling that yields the gift we call vocation -- a life of meaning, purpose, and significance. Claim this book for yourself -- and several more copies for the people you love."

Mark U. Edwards Jr.
-- Harvard Divinity School
"How can I earn a living while living a worthwhile life? Leading Lives That Matter includes some of the most insightful authors to write about this question in a contemporary (or timeless) idiom. . . Highly recommended."

From the Back Cover

"Leading Lives That Matter" draws together a wide range of texts -- including fiction, autobiography, and philosophy -- offering challenge and insight to those who are thinking about what to do with their lives. Instead of giving prescriptive advice, Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass approach the subject of vocation as an ongoing conversation. They include in this conversation some of the Western tradition's best writings on human life -- its meaning, purpose, and significance -- ranging from ancient Greek poetry to contemporary fiction. Including Leo Tolstoy's novella "The Death of Ivan Ilych" as an extended epilogue, this volume will help readers clarify and deepen how they think about their own lives.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 79%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.


Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 563 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802829317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802829313
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Leading Lives that Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be, edited by the husband and wife team of Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass, is a follow-up companion volume to William Placher's Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom. Schwehn is Professor of Humanities at Christ College and Project Director of the Lily Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University. Bass is Director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith. Both books come out of a larger initiative with the Lilly Endowment's Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV), a network of undergraduate college across the United States examining how to assist students in their understanding of vocation in their lives. Where Placher's Callings looked at the concept of vocation from a historical, theological survey, Leading Lives that Matter tackles the question of vocation from a more "popular" or "secular" vein (using the editors' own wording). Readings from a wide variety of authors are included in this compilation, such as Albert Schweitzer, Aristotle, Theodore Roosevelt, Homer, Robert Frost, H.G. Wells, John Milton, Malcolm X, John Steinbeck, and even Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. While there are some specifically Christian works included in Leading Lives That Matter (such as the excellent selections from Lee Hardy, Gary Badcock, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and C.S. Lewis) and a few biblical passages for examination, it is assumed by the editors that a reader would consult Placher's treatment of vocation for a survey of historically Christian views of the concept of vocation.Read more ›
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Fantastic book! Is actually used as a text for a college class I took. There are numerous different authors who all have their own take on vocations, callings, etc. While not all readings will relate to the reader, there are plenty that do and can help find how we can lead lives that matter.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Living Lives That Matter is a Keeper! It provides a well balanced presentation of articles from throughout history to the present day of persons who have given serious thought to why we exist and the role of work in our lives. It helped clarify many of my own thoughts and beliefs; while stretching me to rethink and expand others.It's a book worth having, reading, and re-reading over time. CJSLeading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do And Who We Should Be
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent view into the lives of successful intellectuals and considers important parts of life that matter, such as love, friendship, family, sexuality, leisure, play, study and worship, as opposed to just working and surviving. This book considers the worldly and the religious life because wisdom and understanding from both is helpful to lead "lives that matter".
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because it is a required text for a class. I am enjoying the class and reading extensively. Each section begins with a commentary that guides you in reflecting about the reading that follows. I highly recommend this book.
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
If you will permit my hyperbolic headline, I'll explain. This book does not, of course, cover "all the best that has been thought and said." No single book can do that. However, it introduces a set of ultimately important questions, a lovely and diverse selection of texts, and highly nuanced introductions by the editors, not only of each section, but prior to each poem or excerpt. These short introductory essays add great value to the anthology and provide gentle, yet probing, guidance in HOW to think. They don't prescribe WHAT to think. The subject of vocation becomes in the hands of Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass a much larger subject than is generally visible to Americans, even highly educated ones. It includes popular culture as well as classic and biblical texts. As such, it should open the eyes of readers to spiritual and philosophical questions they may never have encountered or may have answered too glibly before: are some lives more significant than others, must my job be the primary source of my identity, is a balanced life possible and preferable to a work-focused life, should I follow my talents as a way to earn a living, to whom should I listen, can I control what I shall do and become, and how shall I tell the story of my life?

I recommend this book to everyone who wants to think about the meaning of life, especially the meaning of his or her own life. I spent much of my life as a professor, and if I were still teaching undergraduates regularly, I would use this text in a capstone course for seniors who are looking back on their college experience and ahead to their entry-level jobs, service assignments, or graduate school studies. It could also challenge honors students as early as the first year of college.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
We used this book in two of my classes during college and it is a great spiritual look at how we should approach other people and how what we does affects who we are, and the people we are around.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be