Book Review

Brother John:  A Monk, A Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life

August Turak

This book is a meaningful work of one man’s own spiritual journey, during a mid-life crisis, into a life of meaning and purpose. His journey takes him Mepkin Abbey where he encountered the Spirit in a monk by the name of Brother John.


Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life, comes at a time when we are confronted on the right by the extreme evangelism that offers a  deadly approach to spirituality, and on the other end, and approach of no meaning.  Everything is based on money and power. 


From Brother John Augie learned: “We must commit to facing our doubts, limitations, and self-contradictions head on while holding on to this voice of eternity.”  We want answers, we want security, and these needs are played upon by people who fan our fears, our doubts and push us to the extremes, but Brother John is a man who reminds us that in the midst of our fears and doubts, we must commit to facing those fears and doubts, seek the voice of eternity found in loving our neighbor and ourselves.


Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

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