"A Reason for Living" by Laurent Grenier. The way to fulfillment against great odds.

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Â?A Reason for LivingÂ? looks back on the authorÂ?s past Â? his active, athletic youth abruptly interrupted by his diving accident, which left him a near quadriplegic and led to further hardships Â? and shows us the way to fulfilment against great odds through the courageous pursuit of wisdom and happiness.

Hardship often serves as the catalyst that promotes existential questioning and turns many a soul into a philosophical one. Who are indeed likely to ponder on the meaning of life but those who are at a loss to conceive of this meaning, owing to their daily struggle with suffering while they yearn after joy? Some may search for enlightenment and serenity in the church and discover a doctrine of love and salvation that arouses in them a sense of having found their true home after a period of painful wandering. Others – rationalists by nature – may walk skeptically and wistfully past the square that leads to this place of worship. They are lonesome seekers of wisdom and happiness as the riddle of life boggles their minds and torments their hearts. "A Reason for Living" was written for them, in an effort to help them view life in a most positive, meaningful way. It complements rather than opposes the Christian viewpoint, though it does call certain aspects of it into question. The purpose of the book is largely therapeutic, not merely polemical. It proceeds from a dogged determination to provide a legitimate and salutary answer to the ever so pressing question “Why live?” It is about helping people lead wiser and happier lives – especially educated and inquiring people who not only are hungry for such an improvement, but also are committed to going to great lengths to satisfy this hunger.

Furthermore – and this adds to the unique and resolute positiveness of the book – "A reason for Living" is both philosophical and autobiographical, and does more than deliver a message; it sets an example. It is a worldview and a life story, the latter serving as a backdrop for the former in a very illustrative, relevant, and convincing way. The author – now 47, a once teenage athlete who became severely disabled due to a sports injury and slowly rebuilt his life from the ground up by dint of considerable efforts (including much study and reflection) – thinks what he says and lives it. His words are all the more credible and inspiring as they are matched by his actions.

“... writing is very in-depth and scholarly.... a fantastic job!” Lisa D'Angelo at BookReview.NU



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– A Reason for Living by Laurent Grenier

  • inspirational & philosophical nonfiction

– ISBN: 1-58961-165-9

– paperback (6”x9” - 208 p.)

– 12.95 USD

– Publication date: 1 Oct. 2004. The book will be ready then for order at major online or standard bookstores, or by phone, toll-free: 1-866-GO BOOKS)

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