Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life
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 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.
Reviews & Endorsements
“Congratulations, August! We’re proud of you and Brother John. God bless!” – Rick Warren, author, The Purpose Driven Life
“Brother John is a charming and simple story with a powerful and insightful message. August Turak speaks beautifully about what truly makes life worth living.” – Carl McColman, author, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism; cohost, EncounteringSilence.com
“A beautiful, and beautifully illustrated, parable for our time—for any time.” – James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
“Meaning. Purpose. Engagement. Those are our modern buzz words. Yet most focus on the purpose of doing, and not the purpose of being who we really are. Turak’s beautiful Brother John gently points us inward and upward toward our ultimate purpose.” – David W. Miller, PhD, Director, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative
“Brother John tells a simple story of a life profoundly lived. The depth of this life becomes visible and transformative in a simple act of hospitality and kindness: an act that raises the question of the kind of life we really want to live. The story is made all the richer by Glenn Harrington’s evocative illustrations. Brother John is deeply rewarding food for contemplation.” – William Cahoy, PhD, Dean Emeritus, Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary
“In this beautifully illustrated book, August Turak pulls back the curtain of monastic life. Brother John shows us how to bring a little bit of heaven to earth, right now. I highly recommend that you read Brother John and share it with anyone you care about.” – Mike Morrell, collaborating author with Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance
“Beautiful illustrations and it was so refreshing to reread Brother John. It’s a powerful reminder of how Brother John lives, how we should all live, and what might be holding us back.” – Kavita Hall, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
More about Glenn Harrington
The paintings of Glenn Harrington are recognized and collected internationally. They are highly esteemed among collectors and publishers. His paintings have been featured in American Arts Quarterly, American Art Collector, International Artists Magazine, the covers of American Artist & US Art, New Art International, The New York Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. He has numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Japan, Charleston, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, and has exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, The Museum of American Illustration and the USGA Museum.
Glenn’s paintings have been published on over 600 book covers. His portrait work is highly regarded, having received the Portrait Society of America’s Draper Grand Prize in 2007, Honor Award in 2008 and 2005 and Certificate Awards in 2009 and 2004 during its international juried exhibitions. Harrington’s portrait of Maria Callas was used to promote the Tony Award winning play “Master Class.”
More About August Turak
August Turak, is an award winning author, speaker, and contributor for Forbes.com and the BBC. He is also the founder of the spiritual and educational non-profit the Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation (SKSF). His book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks was published by Columbia Business School Publishing. When he is not praying and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey, he lives on a 75 acre farm near Raleigh, North Carolina. You can follow him on Twitter: @augustturak, Facebook: www.facebook.com/aturak, Forbes: www.forbes.com/sites/augustturak/, or check out his website at www.AugustTurak.com to discover how service and selflessness is the secret to success in business, community, and life.
The Templeton Prize winning story of a magical encounter between the author and a Trappist monk. Brother John becomes our guide to the redemptive power of an authentically purposeful life.