January 01, 2010
In his second book pondering the meaning of life, John St Augustine takes us on a meandering journey through the everyday moments of his life. St Augustine searches for spiritual significance through his personal connections and everyday experiences. He shares personal moments such as his decision to donate a kidney to his 13-year-old daughter and the miraculous intervention of the “Jesus Man” who made the transplant possible. He also goes into detail about his own spirit quest when he walked from Upper Michigan to Chicago and back.
He uses these life metaphors and parables to enlighten and elicit a sense of hope in the reader. He uses quotes from Marianne Williamson, John Denver and other pundits and philosophers to add joy and humor to the story of challenges he faced in his life.
St Augustine is not giving religious advice or outlining a strategy to create your own “Uncommon Life” but rather offers tools on how to broaden our own vistas without losing site of the moments that congeal to form the patterns of our lives and “the common sense truths that all people literally have at their fingertips.”
For me, this book, much like his radio talk show “Power Thoughts,” is best absorbed in small, increments, in order to more easily see the serendipity in the moments that interconnect his and our lives.