Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community

Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community

by C. Paul Schroeder


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692830871
Publisher: Hexad Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments i

The Six Spiritual Practices iii

THE BASICS: The Way of the Six Practices 1

PART ONE: Compassionate Seeing

THE ISSUE: Work of Fiction 9

THE FIX: Seeing You (and Me) 15

DEEP DIVE: Seeing Through Another’s Eyes 19

THE MANTRA: I Accept Everything I See 23

THE CHALLENGE: Compassion is Not a Feeling 29

THE PRACTICE IN PRACTICE: I Wonder What It’s Like to Be You 33

PART TWO: Heartfelt Listening

THE ISSUE: Deaf to Self 41

THE FIX: Awakening to Joy 45

DEEP DIVE: Acedia 49

THE MANTRA: I Hear What My Heart is Saying 53

THE CHALLENGE: Chasing Peace and Joy 57


PART THREE: Intentional Welcoming

THE ISSUE: Too Much Yes 69

THE FIX: Saying No for the Greater Good 73

DEEP DIVE: Sacred Boundaries 79

THE MANTRA: I Honor the Boundaries I Set 83

THE CHALLENGE: Dance of Differentiation 87

THE PRACTICE IN PRACTICE: The Toughest Boundaries 91

PART FOUR: Joyful Sharing

THE ISSUE: Gifts are Rarely Free 101

THE FIX: Give Your Gift Wings 107

DEEP DIVE: Like Water from a Well 111

THE MANTRA: I Share What I Have Freely 115

THE CHALLENGE: Letting Go of Success 119

THE PRACTICE IN PRACTICE: Do With It What You Will 123

PART FIVE: Grateful Receiving

THE ISSUE: Gray-Tinted Glasses 131

THE FIX: Changing Our Lenses 137

DEEP DIVE: No One is Self-Made 141

THE MANTRA: I Receive the Gift that is Offered 145

THE CHALLENGE: The Gift of Difficult People 149

THE PRACTICE IN PRACTICE: Gratitude Connects Us 153

PART SIX: Cooperative Building

THE ISSUE: Defaulting to Iron 161

THE FIX: Respecting Tension 167

DEEP DIVE: The New Human Community 173

THE MANTRA: I Co-Create a New Reality 177

THE CHALLENGE: Taming the Need to Win 181

THE PRACTICE IN PRACTICE: Let’s Figure This Out Together 185

THE FINAL STEP: Integrating the Six Practices 191

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ReadersFavorite 13 days ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Practice Makes Purpose is a work of non-fiction focused on self-help, written by author C. Paul Schroeder. This short and helpful guide focuses on “Six Spiritual Practices that Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community”, taking old lessons and moving them forward into modern spiritual thinking so that they become accessible to all readers. The central idea comes from transforming the self by using these practices and, in doing so, we are able to watch our own positive transformation ripple out and inspire others in the wider community, improving relations and helping them also to come to terms with their own sense of purpose in life. With only six concepts to explore, this deceptively simple work of non-fiction offers a lot more than meets the eye. Author C. Paul Schroeder writes in a non-prescriptive style, speaking freely and directly to his readership to engage them in the work of daily practice. Though it isn’t easy to commit to the six secrets at first, the general messages of compassion, acceptance, positivity and being active in creating new realities in the wider community are all things that we can aspire to and benefit from. Taking both an insular approach to personal emotions and a more altruistic view of serving the community, the advice within these pages will help readers to heal their own scars as well as create a wider purpose for themselves by looking beyond their own personal needs. Overall, Practice Makes Purpose offers good principles and sound advice.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Practice Makes Purpose is a well-written, thought-provoking and insightful read. In this book, Paul Schroeder takes time-tested spiritual truths, and demonstrates, for the reader, practical ways to follow them. This is a book about loving, giving and living a more joyful and peaceful life. It’s a book that will challenge the reader to examine their heart. Although the book is easy to read, following the principles in it, takes determination. Doesn’t living with more love, forgiveness, compassion, and peace, sound heavenly? Yes, of course, it does. Will following the practices outlined in this book be worth the effort? Absolutely! Thank you, Paul Schroeder, for my complimentary copy of Practice Makes Purpose.