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The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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) 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.
Those familiar with Dan Millman's books and teachings will recognize some of the ideas discussed in The Four Purposes. But this new book helps us see some earlier concepts from a different perspective. Times are changing with increasing rapidity, in terms of IT and communications technology, modern challenges in health and well-being, an evolving economy, lifestyles, and general attitudes, amongst others. In response, Dan offers wisdom; familiar, timeless and fully applicable to our changing world.
I found the book extremely concise. Every page has several valuable pieces of information. In addition, if you have seen Dan Millman speak (something I would strongly encourage you to experience), you would know that he has many useful, often humorous stories that illustrate the concepts he presents here. There are some examples in `The Four Purposes of Life' but I would have perhaps liked to have seen more examples from his many years of teaching and coaching. For some, this book may be a useful tool, for others it may be transformative - an excellent and enjoyable book, which I can wholeheartedly recommend.
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Great book! A must read if you are seeking to understand what is your calling and why you have experienced what you have in life :-). Read morePublished 29 days ago by Natalia S. Preiss
This book is perfect for those seeking wisdom and spiritual growth.
Thanks to the author for this and his other guides.
Although I have had Millman's No Ordinary Moments book in my house for 20 years, I notice now that it gathered dust after reading a chapter or two. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carmen Fasheh