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He was a high school teacher, school administrator, and director of student Brothers in the then-St. Louis District. In , Brother John was appointed Visitor of the St. Brother John returned to the United States in to be the Regional director of education. Kindle Edition , 50 pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Brother John , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. So much that I had to write it down. Can you say deep personal message? I think everyone could take away something away from reading this. The simplicity of the story made way for clear understandings on how to live a purposeful life. I was expecting a little more to this story, but as I said the simplicity is 3. I was expecting a little more to this story, but as I said the simplicity is that to be meditated upon and definitely re-read time and time again.
I feel you will find different parts of 'Brother John' to resonate with you more or less during certain times, depending on your current situations in life. There was one part of the story that made me tear up because it touched my heart just so. That being said, don't let the simplicity deter you. The illustrations are gorgeous works of art!!
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The author included an excerpt saying that he truly felt the illustrator captured the spirit of his experience and story so well because both had made the trek to spend time at the Mempkin Abbey Monastery. Where this story mostly takes place. It shows. The paintings were something of such profound beauty that I just kept running my hands over the pages saying, "WOW. The four blank journal pages at the back of the book were a cute added bonus for any notes, quotes or different revelations you may like to jot down.
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I want to say thank you to the Goodreads Giveaway Program for the copy I won, and also to the author and publisher for releasing copies. All reviews are my own and voluntary. View 2 comments. I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. It is a book I will keep on my bookshelf and revisit once or twice a year. A beautiful, simple, thoughtful devotional. Only insofar as we are all spiritual children that could learn from Brother John. This is a short but weighty book for adults, something you can easily read in a sitting and reread again later.
However, that does not spoil what is a spiritual and erudite meditation on purpose. View 1 comment.
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Oct 20, Paul Randall Adams rated it really liked it. This review was originally posted at pluckyreader. There's a theme with the books I've been reading lately, it seems. Maybe this is a problem that runs deeper with me than I thought, or maybe it has something to do with my love of psychology and humanity, but I have recently read several books about finding one's purpose in life.
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Uncertainty as to life's purpose is much in vogue today. There we have it. I'm just following the crowd. But seriously.
What is the current fascination with purpose all about? What is happening in society that we are all constantly worried about finding our place in life? Turak examines these questions in his own way. Brother John is the story of August Turak and an even that changed his life while at a retreat at Mepkin Abbey. His essay is only a few thousand words, so it seems unnecessary to go overly in depth in reviewing this book. It's a well-written essay about an abbey that sounds beautiful.
It is the story of a man who's life was changed by a chance event on a rainy Christmas night. Turak's writing makes it sound very cinematic. I could picture this whole thing, a dark blue filter shading the scene. Rain gently tapping on the roof. A cold draft through the abbey.
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I could easily place myself into this story. What you may not know about me, dear reader, is that I am an artist. It's one of the multitudes of things that I am exceptionally average at. But art brings me joy. Making art calms me and brings me peace.
These oil paintings are beautiful. They're do detailed and moving. I have sat in awe over these paintings more than I'd care to admit. But how can you not? They're amazing. Glenn Harrington, a very accomplished artist in his own right, painted scenes from Mepkin Abbey and brought this essay to life in a beautiful and interesting way. The way be plays with light, his intention in his brush strokes, his use of color.
I am in love with his artwork. I am in love with the way he combines abstraction and realism. Brother John is only a few thousand words as I've said, but the illustrations in the book add to the depth and beauty of this book in a way that would make it a wonderful addition to any library.