Little Book on Meaning
The Little Book on Meaning
Laura Berman Fortgang U.S.A. $19.95
Flaps/Backad copy Canada $25.00
As a prominent self-help author and 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 her clients emerged in her own thinking and would not be dismissed: her work didn’t feel as “meaningful” to her as it once had. It was one of those bigrealizations one has from time to time. The funny thing was that it turned out the solutions to her problem were quite small. . . .
In The Little Book of Meaning, 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 make up 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. Where are the easiest places to look? Laura takes readers through five other M words beyond the godfather of them all—Meaning—that will serve as markers on the path:
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- Mystery: Many of us are so busy looking for answers that we fail to consider the questions.
- Minister: Caring for others may be the best thing we can do for ourselves.
- Magnificence: If we will just open our eyes—and truly look—beauty and purpose are everywhere!
- Mind: Tangled up in our thoughts, we fail to experience the moment.
- Mystic: When we learn to see the world through the eyes of a mystic, suddenly everything holds meaning.
The Little Book of Meaning is an invaluable guide and companion for all those seeking greater meaning and purpose in their life.
Laura Berman Fortgang is a nationally renowned speaker and life coach, who helps 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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Praise for The Little Book on Meaning
“The Little Book on Meaning is a search for more—the wise kind of ‘more.’ By giving the reader an honest and courageous glimpse into her own search for meaning, Laura has offered a gift that is sure to touch the heart of anyone who longs for a rich, soul-connected life.”
—Cheryl Richardson, New York Times–bestselling author of Take Time for Your Life
and The Art of Extreme Self-Care
“This so-called ‘little book’ packs a big punch. It is intelligent and lyrical, intimate and insightful, spiritual and earthy. And it reveals the meaning of true success and happiness.”
—Dr. Robert Holden, author of Happiness Now! and director, Success Intelligence and The Happiness Project
“Laura goes to new depths in this book, and she brings us along with her. It can’t help
but raise your consciousness and allow you to recognize the meaning in all you do. What a blessing!”
—Iyanla Vanzant, author of Tapping the Power Within
“Laura Berman Fortgang speaks the truth. Her journey illuminates a path that, for so many, isn’t easy or clear but deeply desired. She lights the way for all of us. Read this book to find courage, reassurance, and peace.”
―Rhonda Britten, author of Fearless Living and founder, Fearless Living Institute
“Laura’s personal, moving, honest, and funny exploration of our perennial yearning had me reading until late, dog-earing pages, and most of all, understanding meaning in a far deeper, truer way. What a nourishing exploration, one that will widen your ability to experience meaning every day and in the most heart-filling, satisfying way.”
—Jennifer Louden, bestselling author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer