The Little Book on Meaning: Why We Crave It, How We Create It

The Little Book on Meaning: Why We Crave It, How We Create It

by Laura Berman Fortgang
     
 

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An invaluable guide and companion for anyone seeking greater meaning and purpose in life.

A nominee for the Books for a Better Life award!

As a pioneer in the field of life coaching, Laura Berman Fortgang has spent decades helping people figure out what they want to do with their lives. And so it was a bit of a surprise when a theme she heard

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An invaluable guide and companion for anyone seeking greater meaning and purpose in life.

A nominee for the Books for a Better Life award!

As a pioneer in the field of life coaching, Laura Berman Fortgang has spent decades helping people figure out what they want to do with their lives. And so it was a bit of a surprise when a theme she heard repeatedly from clients emerged in her own thinking and would not be dismissed: work didn't feel as "meaningful" to her as it once had. It was one of those big realizations one has from time to time. The funny thing was that it turned out the "solution(s)" to her problem were quite small...

In The Little Book on Meaning Laura Berman Fortgang reveals that while our hunger for a meaningful life can be enormous, our desire for meaning is usually satiated by small, bite-size morsels of meaning-the small, almost incidental events or "achievements" that comprise the fabric of our lives. According to Fortgang, meaning is where you look for it, and through tenderly drawn stories from her own life and the lives of those around her, she shows readers how they too can peek around corners to discover the small elements of their lives that truly matter.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Peraise for Living Your Best Life....

"Laura Berman Fortgang will help you reach the success and fulfillment you are destined for."
—Ken Blanchard

"A brilliantly written, indispensable guide that touches and expands the very best of our hearts, minds, and spirits."
—Harold Bloomfield, M.D., author of Making Peace with Your Past and How to Survive the Loss of a Love

"Beware-this thought-provoking book will put you on a one-way path to a more creative and fulfilling life."
—Kyle MacLachlan

"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!"
—Julia Sweeney

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."
—Iyanla Vanzant

"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

Publishers Weekly

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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Library Journal

Life coach/interfaith minister Fortgang believes people can find meaning if they look for it in small, incidental events. After laying out five elements of meaning (Mystery, Minister, Magnificence, Mind, and Mystic), she organizes her message accordingly. Her personal story, interwoven with poetry, yoga meditations, and spiritual teachings, will inspire an appreciation for life in its many textures. Readers looking for something that goes beyond self-help's usual "love yourself" tenet will appreciate this heartfelt book.


—Deborah Bigelow

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585428021
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Peraise for Living Your Best Life....

"Laura Berman Fortgang will help you reachthe success and fulfillment you are destined for."
—Ken Blanchard

"A brilliantly written, indispensable guide that touches and expands the very best of our hearts, minds, and spirits."
—Harold Bloomfield, M.D., author of Making Peace with Your Past and How to Survive the Loss of a Love

"Beware-this thought-provoking book will put you on a one-way path to a more creative and fulfilling life."
—Kyle MacLachlan

"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!"
—Julia Sweeney

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."
—Iyanla Vanzant

"Thinking of makinga  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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Meet the Author

Laura Berman Fortgang is a nationally renowned speaker and life coach, helping individuals, small businesses, and corporations forge new directions and weather change. Recently ordained as an Interfaith Minister, she lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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