Monday, December 24, 2007

Review: A Pocket Guide to the Meaning of Life

A Pocket Guide to the Meaning of Life by Peter Kreeft
2007, Our Sunday Visitor, 64 pages, paperback.

Reviewed by Ana Braga-Henebry, M. A.

If any writer today can squeeze the meaning of life into a small 64 page booklet, the popular and prolific author Peter Kreeft can! The book is short, brief, almost laconic. One can throw it into the purse or even the pocket. And yet, the Pocket Guide to the Meaning of Life has it all: the truth of who we are, why we are here, where we are going, and how to get there.

The book is laid out in a simple Q&A format (see sample), displaying no more than 2 questions per page. Whenever he is able, Kreeft answers the questions with a single word or short phrase. Once in a while, a relevant, brief passage of the Bible is quoted. Sometimes, he answers the question posed by stating, "this is the way Jesus answered it", and proceeds then to quote from a Gospel writer. Saint Augustine is quoted a couple of times as well, and Saint John of the Cross and Gaudium et Spes once each.

This booklet will make a nice study aid for preparation for the sacrament o
f confirmation, but also beyond that-it would be helpful reading to just about anyone, in any stage of life!

Available at Adoremus Books

1 comment:

NoExpertsNeeded said...

A Google Search on 'meaning of life' served up your post about Mr. Kreeft's book. I love learning about other authors who are also on a mission to get this age-old question implanted into society's daily conversation. I'll grab a copy of his book!

My meaning-of-life book had to be a bit longer than 64 pages because I share the true story of my 4-yr Spirit-led journey that was started by a powerful message from Spirit. With the help of the continuing Messages, I connected with "strangers" who sat along side of me in life and then asked them to spontaneously answer: what is the meaning of life?

Their answers and the amazing stories they shared transformed my daily walk through life into an amazing adventure!

Listen to the messages that are sent by your own Spirit...Talk to the "stranger" sitting next to you...and you will experience for yourself how every day of your life can be filled with meaning!

Thank you again for the post!

take care,
Louise Lewis, Author
No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You!