The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need

The Good Life Truths That Last in Times of Need What do I need to be good How can I truly be happy To whom or to what dare I give myultimate loyalty my deepest love my full and total service Out of allthis moral discourse and analysis what can I f

  • Title: The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need
  • Author: Peter J. Gomes
  • ISBN: 9780060000752
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What do I need to be good How can I truly be happy To whom or to what dare I give myultimate loyalty, my deepest love,my full and total service Out of allthis moral discourse and analysis,what can I find and use to make a life,and not just a living from the IntroductionAfter than thirty years as minister at Harvard University, Peter J Gomes has given his share of aWhat do I need to be good How can I truly be happy To whom or to what dare I give myultimate loyalty, my deepest love,my full and total service Out of allthis moral discourse and analysis,what can I find and use to make a life,and not just a living from the IntroductionAfter than thirty years as minister at Harvard University, Peter J Gomes has given his share of advice to the best and the brightest as they set sail into the world Yet he has found that even these highly privileged students often run aground on the harsh realities of a life based in values that lead to ruin The Good Life is his distillation of years of observation and insight into what is wrong and how we can all set our minds and hearts on higher things.Gomes begins with the contemporary crisis of moral education in higher learning and subverts the prevalent assertion that the youth of today s colleges and universities are spoiled and lacking in the capacity and desire to become good people and good citizens Impressed by the sharp moral curiosity of young people today, as well as their strong desire to know, to be, and to do good, Gomes sets out to reclaim the tradition of virtue he believes can make this the greatest generation.In this search for a new nobility, he distinguishes between the plausible lies that our culture tells us about the good life and the fantastic truths that alone can bring true and abiding happiness, working through each of the unquestioned values of modern life Along the way he redefines the central elementsof the pursuit of the good life failure, success, discipline, and freedom , then offers a new presentation of the four cardinal virtues prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude , and finally concludes with a passionate argument for the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.A challenge to educators, civic leaders, parents, and the youth who hold our collective future, The Good Life is a timely and important book about the recovery of moral knowledge and the choices we must make in order to live truly well.

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    1. I've had this book for about two years now, and I almost got rid of it a few times, but something made me hang on to it, and I'm glad I did. Rev. Peter Gomes was the chaplain of Harvard's Memorial Church for many years, as well as a professor of theology and ministry at Harvard Divinity School. He was also an African-American, gay, and--up until the very end of his life--a Republican. Talk about an interesting man!Rev. Gomes's book asks us to ponder the eternal question, what is a good life? Or, [...]

    2. If Gomes' book was my only way of knowing what the good life is, I would be thoroughly confused and frustrated. Gomes served as Harvard's chaplain at the time of this book, and his writing is filled with stories from that great school.But the book had some serious needs. First and foremost, it needed a much better editor. Gomes somehow managed to articulate in 4 pages what could have been said in 2 sentences. I found huge chunks of the writing unnecessary and ultimately distracting from what he [...]

    3. I'm not completely finished with this book but I wanted to set it aside for a while. I needed a fiction fix. The late Rev. Gomes was my college graduation speaker, and I wanted to read what he had to say about, as he calls it, "the good life:" what are the values and disciplines which we need in order to live morally and truthfully? I concur with his argument that young college students are yearning for some kind of guidance, and the opportunity to wrestle, with that question, and his beliefs ab [...]

    4. A beautiful and compelling book in which the Rev. Peter Gomes shares his perspective of the Millennial generation, and their interest in a good life and what that means. I had the great pleasure to hear Rev. Gomes speak in person extraordinary and wonderful person who has helped to enrich many people's lives.

    5. As much as I liked "The Good Book" and "The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus", this middle book somehow didn't connect with me very much. It focused a lot on the university experience. It was well written, but I didn't get much from it that made me stop and think.

    6. This was a wonderful book for those needing to recharge there spirtual batteries. A great book even for those non-religous types.

    7. Liked the first chapters very much. But had to return before I finished it. Liked his other book, The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good About the Good News?

    8. Great understanding of the difference between 'the good life" and "a good life." I wish I had written this book. Very easy to understand -- nontechnical language. He uses personal stories well.

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