- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1st Edition edition (April 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585427152
- ISBN-13: 978-1585427154
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,334,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. An aspiring actress turned interfaith minister and life coach, Fortgang (Living Your Best Life) knows what it is to struggle to find meaning in life. The yearning, she says, can swallow you whole. Posing such questions as What makes a meaningful relationship with another person? and What constitutes meaningful work? her lovely guide shows that meaning has five components: Mystery probes life's puzzles; Minister describes transactions between human beings (to tend to another holding the space for their divinity and innocence to shine through); Magnificence (to see the divine, the good, the right... in every person); Mind covers meditation (What awaits us in the silence is ourselves); and Mystic concludes that a New Spirituality is emerging: The modern mystic is integrated—the worldly self and the spiritual self working as one. The modern mystic is you. Throughout, she writes honestly about exiting the maze of her own despair and depression as she demonstrates ways to embrace life more fully. Fortgang's writing is moving in its simplicity and sincerity, and like her ministry, her message crosses religious borders; even nonbelievers will find basic truths. (May)
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Peraise for Living Your Best Life....
"Laura Berman Fortgang will help you reach the success and fulfillment you are destined for."
"Beware-this thought-provoking book will put you on a one-way path to a more creative and fulfilling life."
"Fortgang generously offers glorious, refreshing guidance to help us each find our unique path in life."
--Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book
"Fortgang's Wisdom Access Questions have the makings of brilliance-simple, easy to use, hugely effective, and humblingly obvious."
--Judy George, founder and CEO, Domain
"Laura helps you organize information... so you can move your life forward in positive ways. I can't recommend this enough!"
Praise for WHAT NOW?...
"This is it--a turbocharged, high-energy, stripped-to-the-core distillation of key insights and practices to truly move you forward. After readiong Laura's loving and potent guidance, you can't help creating the life you yearn for."
--Jennifer Louden, author of Comfort Secrets for Busy Women
"If this book delivers just ten percent of the power of Laura's coaching, it will be worth thousands of times the price."
--Mark Bryan, co-author of THE ARTIST'S WAY AT WORK
"We all need to plug into an energy source for our lives and once you plug into Laura Berman Fortgang and Now What? you will be electrified and raring to go. Listen to what she has to say and you will move your life to new heights."
"Thinking of making a big change in how you make a living--or how you live your life? Having trouble getting started? This wise, honest and practical book can help you figure out what may be holding you back, and where to go from here. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Great stuff!"
--Anne Fisher, FORTUNE
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Do you ever wonder or take time out to self discover who you are and why you are?
Do you have the capacity to love yourself unconditionally?
Do you know the difference between inner peace and happiness as opposed to outer peace and happiness?
Do you allow others judgments validate who you are?
Have you found your own spiritual balance?
Do you question your connection with things that live and breathe surround you?
These are just a few of the questions you will find answered in THE LITTLE BOOK OF MEANING.
[...] highly recommends 'THE LITTLE BOOK ON MEANING'..as an excellent thought provoking and inner challenge resource which not only stimulates self-questions but also teaches us...
..that our inner growth lives on throughout our children and their children as we watch and share in their own growth.
...that the challenges we are faced with each day are the building blocks to the strength and foundations of our character. If we do not experience challenge and learn to overcome it, we will stop growing internally, we would simply seize to exist inside of our minds.
... that the strength we need to continue to move forward comes from within your own core..these challenges play a vital part in pulling us forward and strengthening our own understanding of inner growth..hence the meaning of life.
...and that it is essentially all up to you!
Massaging Olive's hands is one of those moments she shares where she could so easily have turned away from the voice yelling from the other side of the door, "Go away!" Once the door was timidly opened, the instinct to offer, instead of food, a manicure brought Olive out of bed to the table. For Laura the lesson learned is, "the sacrifice it takes to let others into your life just might be worth it," refering to herself, of course, as the one allowing Olive into her life.
"Without pain," she tells us, "I would not have discovered I had a calling." So, from life coach to interfaith minister, we go on a reassuring journey watching her struggle, serve and search for meaning. While creating a fulfilling life, not a perfect life, she finds meaning in many small things.
After you have read "The Little Book on Meaning" for yourself and recognized what you, too, have gained from struggles and events both large and small, then it is time to share the "Little Book of Meaning" with a client, a relative, or a friend. It is just the right kind of book for sharing.
As she began writing The Little Book on Meaning, spiritual coach and interfaith minister Laura Berman Fortgang found that additional "M" words flooded her thoughts--words such as Mystery, Magnificence and Mind.
In the complexity and hurriedness of modern life, attempting to determine Meaning--big M--may seem overwhelming, frustrating and, well, meaningless.
Helping readers refocus with a sure, gentle and (self admittedly) flawed hand, Fortgang reminds us that meaning is actually experienced during everyday occurrences. After all, much like a treasured keepsake, meaning is derived from context--for example, the who, where and why that's associated with a particular object or memory.
In The Little Book on Meaning, the author reveals the myriad opportunities for creating meaning. From food to relationships, service to embracing wounds (others and ours), meaning exists wherever we enlarge our focus, soften our gaze, suspend judgment, and open our hearts.
Even amidst challenging circumstances--such as parenting a disabled child, dealing with illness, losing a job, or navigating crushing disappointment--meaning can be created, encourages Fortgang.
Replete with mystical insight from worldwide spiritual practices, as well as personal anecdotes, vulnerable admissions and compassionate counsel, The Little Book on Meaning delivers chewy, soul-nurturing morsels for those ready to slow down, look around, and create meaning from the raw material of "ordinary" life. As The Little Book of Meaning says, "Meaning is a state of consciousness. It comes tumbling forth from connection--to ourselves, each other, the earth, spirit, work, or even an inanimate object."
-- Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book