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The Little Book on Meaning
Why We Crave It, How We Create It

by Laura Berman Fortgang
Reviewed by Maribeth Doerr

Welcome to the age of instant information. Life moves at the speed of light, and yet, at the end of the day, have we really accomplished so much more? Probably not. Our attention has been split into so many different directions that it's harder and harder for us to focus on what's really important. There is so much cultural "noise" to weed through.

As an interfaith minister and life coach, author Laura Berman Fortgang frequently hears, "Let me understand my place. That will bring me peace." I think many of us can relate to this desire. We all want to believe that our lives and experiences have meaning, and yet our understanding of "it" is rather elusive.

"So what is this mysterious thing calling Meaning?" In her newest book, The Little Book on Meaning: Why We Crave It, How We Create It, Fortgang writes, "It's something we humans all want . . . Meaning is something we feel more than something we do. Meaning is a state of consciousness. It comes tumbling forth from connection-to ourselves, each other, the earth, spirit, work, or even an inanimate object. A necklace is not meaningful in itself, but when we connect with the time, place, and person who gave it to us, it takes on a new specialness. It takes on meaning. It enters our consciousness as something precious we will take care with."

Consciousness . . . connection. We crave it, but how do we create it? To help us, Fortgang has chaptered her book into a series of M words (M for Meaning, of course) - Mystery, Minister, Magnificence, Mind & Mystic. She takes us through these topics "in the hopes that they will serve as markers on your path as you continue to search for your own meaning." She succeeds brilliantly as she weaves personal stories through her teachings. At points where I thought the book may be getting too deep for my understanding, Fortgang would cite the perfect anecdote or example that would leave me with an "aha" moment or the feeling I'd been wrapped in a hug of awareness.

If you are struggling with feeling lost in this crazy world of information overload, read Laura Berman Fortgang's The Little Book on Meaning. It will speak to you in a profound and deeply personal way. And perhaps, you will discover your own meaning and purpose. With Fortgang's help, it isn't difficult . . .

"It is one of the great ironies that while our hunger for a 'meaningful' life can be enormous, these days more and more of our desire for meaning is ultimately satiated by smaller, quieter aspects of our lives. Meaning is where you look for it-and also how you look for it." ~ Laura Berman Fortgang
For additional information and inspiration, view A Meaningful Life: The film companion to The Little Book on Meaning and visit Fortgang's blog at

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