Practice makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community by C. Paul Schroeder
The Six Spiritual Practices are a new formulation of a very old set of teachings and disciplines. If you apply them regularly, you will have more energy and vitality, more focus, more compassion, more clarity, and more joy. And these effects will ripple outward into your marriage and family, your parenting, your workplace, your friendships, your neighborhood and city. These practices will change your life and transform your community. They will connect you and the people around you to Purpose, the experience of belonging to something infinitely greater than ourselves
Paperback, 210 pages
Published June 3rd 2017 by Hexad Publishing
Current Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
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I try to include at least one nonfiction or self-help book into my reading pile each month and April seemed to be filled with only this type. It was a growing month and this topped all my true crime and nonfiction reads off with a sweet ending.
I love that this is really a self-help book. It is not labeled as such, but filled with personal turmoils and struggles, hoping you will learn something from the author's mistakes. This a practical guide full of ways to change the way you think and help yourself out. As the title suggests, this book gives you examples to practice and helps you help yourself.
The author seemed invested in this material, by providing personal examples and walking you through how he was able to practice each step he suggests. I always love when people actually practice what they preach and he is constantly involving us in his own stories of living his purposeful practices. When an author feels so devoted and invigorated when writing about his own suggestions, you can't help but want to try them yourself. It's inspiring to follow this journey and the suggestions are extremely well thought out and give you pause. This book makes you step back, think, and grow.
C. Paul Schroeder is a social entrepreneur, author, and spiritual teacher who has spent over 20 years working at the intersection of spirituality and social change. He served for more than a decade as a Greek Orthodox priest. After a divorce and a period of personal and spiritual crisis, he left the priesthood and founded New City Initiative, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to helping people who experience poverty and homelessness achieve their full human potential. During the seven years he directed New City, he and his coworkers trained individuals, nonprofits, and businesses to use the Six Spiritual Practices. He is the author of Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community, and the translator of St. Basil the Great: On Social Justice. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.