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  1. Bruder Jakob (Frere Jacques, Brother John)
  2. Happy 96th Birthday to Brother John Long
  3. DEATH NOTICE

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.

Bruder Jakob (Frere Jacques, Brother John)

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. Uncertainty as to life's purpose is much in vogue today. There we have it.


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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?

Happy 96th Birthday to Brother John Long

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. 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.

DEATH NOTICE

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.

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It would look especially beautiful on display for people to see. It is, in itself, a work of art. Brother John goes on sale everywhere October 21, Order your copy now! Plucky's rating? I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

All opinions are my own. Here is the synopsis: T I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Here is the synopsis: The Synopsis Recipient of the prestigious Templeton Prize, Brother John is the true story of a meaningful encounter between a man going through a mid-life crisis, and an umbrella-wielding Trappist monk. The Review Now as some of you may know from following my website, you know I myself am not religious.

So approaching a book such as this as a non-religious person was an interesting thing. While I may not identify with the implied religious aspects of the story, the message itself of being kind and considerate of others leading to an authentic and purposeful life resonated with me. Filled with truly gorgeous artwork, the story is a quick read at first glance. Yet further inspection reveals an intricate story that must be read carefully to absorb the messages told throughout.

The story was beautifully written, and filled with passion for the theme of kindness like no other book before it. Nov 30, James rated it really liked it. Dec 16, Josh Morgan rated it it was amazing. A book as a contemplative spiritual experience. That would be my summary of August Turak's Brother John, a formally published and beautifully illustrated version of an essay for which he was awarded a Templeton Prize.

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The fact that it's a true story makes it all the more powerful. Turak's story telling is a perfect example of a spiritual biography that can inspire and encourage. Turak provides spiritual and philosophical reflection and insights without feeling preachy or heavy-handed.


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  • He shares his story. He shares his reflections. He shares his conclusions. He offers them to the reader in case they're helpful. I think most people will find them meaningful. A big differentiator in the text is the addition of paintings throughout the book from Glenn Harrington. The paintings helped me slow down and engage the book as a journey. I can easily tend towards scanning texts to gain the basic points of knowledge trying to be conveyed. That's the not the point of this book, at least from my perspective.

    It's meant for us to reflect. Hearing Turak's personal story gave me a sense of peace after reading and motivated me to personally engage in some slower contemplative activities that I tend to put off for achievement-oriented activities. Overall, this book felt less like reading a book and more like an experience.

    It's short, so it can easily be read in a single sitting, easily less than 30 minutes. But the insights will stick around longer. And I believe it's a book with visuals that one could easily come back to repeatedly.