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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: HJ Kramer/New World Library; First Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932073493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932073492
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Once again, Dan Millman provides us with keys to a well-lived life. This is a lovely read, filled with meaningful insight.”
— Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

“A wonderful book with extremely helpful practices for finding one’s authentic purpose. Highly recommended!”
— Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision

“Dan’s new book offers concise and practical guidance for living a meaningful life with a clear sense of purpose.”
— Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership

“Leave it to Dan Millman to come up with a way of making purposeful decisions and helping us see deeply into the center of each moment...a graceful and wise book.”
— Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and author of Broken Open

“A refreshingly practical yet profound approach to living your sacred calling.”
— Peter Russell, author of From Science to God

“Dan Millman reminds us of the power of our essential humanity, how to touch it and use it to make this a better world.”
— Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

“This book skillfully delivers on its promise of bringing renewed meaning and purpose — for anyone seeking clear directions at one of life’s crossroads.”
— Ken Dychtwald, author of A New Purpose

“During one of the darkest periods of my life, Dan’s writing in Way of the Peaceful Warrior extended a hand to me and helped pull me into the light. Dan is the personification of ‘love, laugh, live, and give,’ as you will see in his new book, The Four Purposes of Life. In this book, he does it again as only he can.”
— Quincy Jones

“Dan Millman, a great teacher, shares important rules to help people everywhere improve their lives, find their passion, do what they love, and live with inspiration.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements

From the Author

When someone asks me to name my favorite among all the books I've written,  I ask them what a parent of three or four or six children might say if asked to name their favorite, and they get the point: I love them all. No one is better, only different.

Certainly my first, or signature book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, is best known, and close to my heart. Yet each book provides its own unique facets. And yet . . . and yet . . . I do have a special feeling about The Four Purposes of Life.  Because it truly delivers on the promise of its subtitle -- "finding meaning and direction in a changing world." 

This book, which offers hope as well as encouraging reminders, is both timely and timeless, exploring and answering deep (yet often unasked) questions at the core of our lives:  What am I here to do? What do I really want?  Is getting what I want going to take me to where I want to be? And finally, What is the purpose of my life?

This book contains some important elements from earlier books, but for the first time places them in their proper context.  After reading it once, and even again, most readers will experience a quantum leap in wisdom and perspective that can last a lifetime.

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Most people who've read Way of the Peaceful Warrior (or seen the movie) already know a few aspects of my life. And you may have seen my summary bio at my website, as follows:

"Dan Millman, a former world champion athlete, coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor, is author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to film in 2006), and numerous other books read by millions of people in 29 languages. Dan teaches worldwide and has influenced people from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment and the arts. Dan and his wife, Joy, live in Northern California. His most recent book is The Four Purposes of Life.

Dan's website - peacefulwarrior.com -- features a link to the "Life Purpose Calculator,"and to my online courses and other resources."

Now here are some personal notes:

In my youth I focused on self-improvement, taking memory courses, speed reading; practicing martial arts and gymnastics. Then one day I realized that no matter how much I improved myself, only one person benefited -- but if I could influence other people in a positive way, that made my life more meaningful and exciting.

I began teaching gymnastics, and elements from the martial arts -- that soon shifted into the larger arena of personal growth. I began to write and to speak more widely, especially after the publication of my first book.

I've been lucky, maybe blessed, to have the chance to touch many lives around the world.

Joy and I have been married for 37 years and we grow closer each day, it seems, as we gain perspective and cultivate a sense of humor (about ourselves and one another). I'm a proud father of three grown daughters and two grandsons so far.

I believe you'd find me a good (but not perfect) example of what I teach. I continue to practice, to learn, to serve as well as I can. I do my best to keep my head in the clouds but feet on the ground.

For more info about my books and seminars, please visit www.peacefulwarrior.com, sign up for my eList, follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or just search for peaceful warrior.

Customer Reviews

I found the book extremely concise.
Suyash Prasad, Pediatrician
"The Four Purposes of Life" is a small hardcover book that contains a simple, yet profound message.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
There is an old saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." In the case of Dan Millman's newest book, "The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World" it is more like, when the student is ready, the lesson will appear. I say this because I have been a fan of Millman's books and teachings since the 1980s when I read "Way of the Peaceful Warrior." I've studied his teachings, and they have influenced my own.

I've also known that this book was coming out in 2011 for quite some time, and looked forward to adding it to my library. What I didn't know was this book was for anyone seeking deeper insight into themselves and their lives, but especially for those at a crossroads, facing a challenge or change, when "business as usual" no longer applies. Just this week I embarked upon a new journey where I will face unique challenges as I accepted a position as an Executive Director of a not for profit organization that fulfills two (satisfying work and providing a useful service) of the three needs Millman discusses in the chapter on finding your career and calling. One of my challenges is to lead the organization to a place where the third need (financial income or good money) will be realized.

"The Four Purposes of Life" is a small hardcover book that contains a simple, yet profound message. Simple in that is it easy to read, and that Millman has the ability to describe complex ideas in language that make the ideas easier to grasp and implement into one's life. Profound in the fact that contemplation on the ideas presented in this short guide can have an enormous impact on one's life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David L. Cairns on March 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While Dan Millman has written four(4)inspirational novels, eight(8) guidebooks, an inspirational book and two(2) children's books this book is his best, most complete book to date. It takes the best from each of the 8 guidebooks and distills them to the essence of the message. This is a book that I will give to friends and student's much as I have given away "Way of the Peaceful Warrior". It is truly a book that enables you to "find meaning and direction in a changing world".
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Martin Adams on April 1, 2011
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I've been a dedicated follower of Dan's teachings for the past ten + years, and for good reasons: they exude excellence, clarity and compassion in a way rarely found in this world. So I naturally have high standards when it comes to Dan's work, and I'm pleased to say that this book exceeded even these expectations.

In this book in particular, I sense a spiritual maturity and clarity that can probably only come from a long life well lived; I can't quite put my finger on why I have this particular impression: it could be the style, the 'tightness' of the prose (every word in The Four Purposes seems to have a purpose in itself as well!) or simply the energy resonance I sense between the lines. Either way, it's a gem of a book. It also distills most of Dan's teachings into a concise format -- all these years, all the different directions the author explored, have been brought together into a single framework, and that's what I love about this book as well.

I sense this book in particular can be a great introductory book for newcomers to Dan's work as well. Highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicolette VINE VOICE on May 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For most of this book I found myself just agreeing and disagreeing with what was being said. There was about one page three quarters through the book where I acutually gained some insight that struck a cord. It's a very simple read.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TOm Callos on March 29, 2011
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Dan doesn't waste words or your time in this book. He makes his point as clear as the ring of the Zen master's bell. This is an accomplished writer with something to say that is worth listening to --and reflecting upon. Buy a copy, read it twice, and pass it on. Great work Dan Millman!
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Megan on April 3, 2011
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I found this book to be a huge disappointment. If you have never read any of his other books you may disagree. If you have read his other books however, which I have read all of them, you might be more of the mindset that this book felt like an income source book and not an actual attempt at writing a NEW well thought out book. This book to me could have been a magazine article that someone else wrote about Dan's other books, pulling their favorite bits and pieces from each. Very uninspiring. I will be thinking twice next time about getting his new book if this is any indication of what is to come.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Kipp on April 15, 2011
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Dan Millman has become one of the most prolific writers of our time on the topic of self improvement and living the life we all strive for, yet on our own so few seem to find. The Four Purposes is perhaps his most simple and concise work to date to lead us toward more conscious living. It is an easy and entertaining read which is hard to put down once started. I am anxious to jump back in and re-read it again and again to gain all of the juicy tidbits that Dan cleverly places in his text, sometimes subtle and sometimes a not so gentle kick in the pants, but always on the mark. Thanks and keep them coming Dan!
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