Practice Makes PURPOSE

Six Spiritual Practices that Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community

Non-Fiction - Self Help
226 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2019
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Author Biography

C. Paul Schroeder (M.Div.) 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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Practice Makes Purpose is a work of non-fiction focused on self-help, written by author C. Paul Schroeder. This short and helpful guide focuses on “Six Spiritual Practices that Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community”, taking old lessons and moving them forward into modern spiritual thinking so that they become accessible to all readers. The central idea comes from transforming the self by using these practices and, in doing so, we are able to watch our own positive transformation ripple out and inspire others in the wider community, improving relations and helping them also to come to terms with their own sense of purpose in life.

With only six concepts to explore, this deceptively simple work of non-fiction offers a lot more than meets the eye. Author C. Paul Schroeder writes in a non-prescriptive style, speaking freely and directly to his readership to engage them in the work of daily practice. Though it isn’t easy to commit to the six secrets at first, the general messages of compassion, acceptance, positivity and being active in creating new realities in the wider community are all things that we can aspire to and benefit from. Taking both an insular approach to personal emotions and a more altruistic view of serving the community, the advice within these pages will help readers to heal their own scars as well as create a wider purpose for themselves by looking beyond their own personal needs. Overall, Practice Makes Purpose offers good principles and sound advice.