A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life
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Publisher: Carpenter's Son Publishing
Number of Pages: 48
Width: 22.9 cm
Height: 27.9 cm
Recipient of the prestigious $100,000 Templeton Prize, Brother John is the true story of a monastic encounter between August Turak, going through a midlife crisis, and an umbrella wielding Trappist monk: a magical Christmas Eve encounter that eventually leads the author and us all to the redemptive power of an authentically purposeful life. Uplifting, deeply moving, and set in the magnificent Trappist monastery of Mepkin Abbey, Brother John is dramatically brought to life with twenty-two full-color original oil paintings by Glenn Harrington, a multiple award-winning artist. Brother John works equally well either as a Christmas gift or all year long, and the book’s inspirational message and rich illustrations are sure to bring the reader back again and again.
"Just beautiful. As humble and subtle as the brothers but staggering in southern color and beauty and geometry and light. What a treasure." - Mark Harrington, Newsday Journalist/Reporter "A gorgeous Christmas present or special occasion book, Brother John is unique and joyful in its message."- Zippy Sandler, Champagne Living "Brother John by August Turak is a captivating story that calls each of us to reflect on our own lives. Turak does an incredible job of pulling you into life at the monastery. As with any life of great compassion, we fear that we are incapable of living such nobility, but Turak gives us a compelling reason to try. He asserts that if we allow ourselves to pursue the 'everyday noble' in the same way as Brother John, we will experience the miraculous, and a release of fear that our life is not big enough. I found myself filled with hope after reading Brother John, reminded that growth lays before us, on the other side of fear!" - Sarah Heath, author, What's Your Story? Seeing Your Life Through God's Eyes