The Book


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The Messy Quest for Meaning (Sorin Books) is a practical guide for finding and fulfilling a calling. The author, a speechwriter and journalist, tells the story of his own challenging pursuit of purpose and those of numerous other seekers, including actor Martin Sheen; activist Dorothy Day; and politician Cory Booker. Their experiences, combined with insights from the ancient traditions of Trappist monks, point toward five key practices that can unlock our potential: 1) identifying our deepest desires; 2) developing the focus to pursue them; 3) cultivating humility; 4) embracing a sense of community; and 5) exploring the marginal spaces within ourselves and the wider world. This book helps readers grapple with life’s most fundamental questions — What was I put here to do? And how do I do it? — and ready themselves for the next steps on their own unique journeys — not the ones they think they should take, but the ones to which they are called.


4 Responses to “The Book”

  1. Bea June 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    What do I want to know about your book? I want to know if I will learn more about finding my next calling without connecting to and being immersed in Catholicism. I was raised Catholic and for myriad reasons escaped from all standard practice of religion. Thanks!

    • admin June 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi Bea — great question. Let’s put it this way: I wrote this book for seekers of all backgrounds. The Catholic elements of it primarily involve insights from Trappist monks that I’ve visited and read. Several friends of mine who are very committed Catholics have read it and told me it works well for them. At the same time, several friends who are not particularly religious at all have also told me the same thing. I try to offer Catholic wisdom that can help everyone because that’s the tradition I’m rooted in, but you certainly don’t need to be Catholic to benefit from it. Does that make sense?

  2. Bea June 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Thanks so much for your answer, Admin. Why don’t you change your “admin” name to a real name. It’s better for connecting with those who want to know, like and trust you.

    Congratulations! on your new book and I think I’ll go find my calling now.

    • Stephen June 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      Bea — fair enough. My wife’s been telling me for months to ditch the admin name in favor of something slightly more personal. Because I have zero technical skills, I’ve been putting it off. Thanks for giving me the kick in the pants needed to do it!

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