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But one thing I know — once John Bantz was your friend, he was your friend for life. The events described in the text happened over twenty years ago Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Visited during a business trip for dinner. Maybe some of us will bring pads to sit on. A book as a contemplative spiritual experience.
Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. The book describes Turak's encounter with a holy life, revealed to him, first by a selfless act, Brother John walking him back to his cottage in the rain. But this small act opened up space for Turak to examine the condition of his own heart and his hunger for the holy.
This is a quick read it's a picture book but thoughtful and evocative. The art is stunning. I love the way the book communicates a sense of the sacred. It is set in a monastery, and the monks are located in the Christian tradition, though Turak writes broadly and inclusively enough that all spiritual seekers could find themselves in these words.
I give this four stars. Notice of material connection: I received this book from the author or publisher via SpeakEasy for my honest review. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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Glenn Harrington Illustrator. 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. This magical encounter on Christmas Eve eventually leads the author, and us all, to the redemptive power of an authentically purposeful life.
Uplifting, deeply moving, and set in the ma 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. Uplifting, deeply moving, and set in the magnificent Trappist monastery of Mepkin Abbey, Brother John is dramatically brought to life by over twenty full color paintings by Glenn Harrington, a multiple award-winning artist. Brother John's inspirational message takes place at Christmastime, and its inspirational message and rich illustrations are sure to bring the reader back again and again throughout the year.
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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!! 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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: The Synopsis Recipient of 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. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my latest genre-busting read A few years ago, I read one of those genre-busting books by this guy I never heard of. 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. 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. 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.
"Brother John" is a very popular nursery rhyme that is used in very many preschools and homes all around the world. The original version of this nursery rhyme. Brother John may refer to: Brother John (film), a drama film; Brother John (album), an album by jazz drummer Elvin Jones; "Frère Jacques", a French.
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. I have to note that I also love that Turak has given the rights and proceeds from the book to the Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation SKSF , a group he founded with his prize to help build meaning and purpose throughout the West, especially in colleges. Buying the book not only provides the reader with spiritual wisdom, but can also financially support others' journeys as well.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Oct 21, Miriam Downey rated it it was amazing. August Turak is a very successful businessman and entrepreneur.
In his book Brother John, he describes a time—a moment—when he experienced a life changing experience at the Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. It was a simple act of kindness that changed the entire focus of his life. He wrote about the experience for the Templeton Prize competition. It is an annual award granted to a living person who "has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Both the writing and the illustrations are profound. It is easy to be distracted by the glorious illustrations and not focus on the power of the words.
The book bears several readings, and I feel could be easily read aloud to a spiritual growth class for a meditation hour.