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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
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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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.
That being said, I found this to be a great, concise book that not only summarizes some of Dan's earlier teachings, but adds both new insight and new information to his already large body of work - including a slightly different take on "now". I also felt Dan get a little more personal in the early part of the book and I enjoyed seeing that immensely.
Unless you're living under a rock, you know times are rather troubling right now and people of all ages are looking for direction - in life, career or otherwise. This book helps narrow down your focus and get you on a new, purposeful road - or perhaps recognize the purpose of the road you are already on.
As a friend of Dan's I am a bit subjective in my comments, but am open enough to recognize the potential in this book - friend or not. This would make a great gift for a graduate or anyone making a transition in their life.