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Fall 2023 Messinger-Williams Family Community Education Initiative Book Study

Life Worth Living

A Guide to What Matters Most

Reading: Life Worth Living - A Guide to What Matters Most, (March 28, 2023) by Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, and Ryan McAnnally-Linz.

What makes a good life? The question is inherent to the human condition, asked by people across generations, professions, and social classes, and addressed by all schools of philosophy and religions. This search for meaning, the authors of Life Worth Living argue, is at the crux of a crisis that is facing Western culture, a crisis that, they propose, can be ameliorated by searching, in one’s own life, for the underlying truth.

The Fall 2023 Messinger-Williams Community Education Initiative is devoted to a discussion oriented, group study of A Life Worth Living, named after its authors’ highly sought-after Yale undergraduate course.

Drawing from the major world religions and from impressively truthful and courageous secular figures, A Life Worth Living is a guide to life’s most pressing question, the one asked of all of us: How are we to live?

This instant New York Times best seller is based on Yale’s popular undergrad class on the age-old question of the meaning of life. Students have called the class life-changing, and readers who experience this book’s wisdom and new perspectives should feel the same way.

Facilitator: Trevor Eppehimer, PhD. Messinger-Williams Family Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Hood Theological Seminary (Salisbury NC)

Participation Options

Sign up for a discussion group
Join an in-person or Zoom discussion group, led by Dr. Trevor Eppehimer of Hood Theological Seminary, that meets one hour per week during the course of the study.

Organize your own discussion group
Already have a reading group in mind? Use distributed reading guides to explore Life Worth Living with co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family.

Read independently
Use distributed reading guides to work through Life Worth Living on your own.

Life Worth Living Study Schedule

Week One (10/2-10/6): Diving In
Reading: Life Worth Living, pp. xi-32.

  • This Book Might Wreck Your Life
  • What’s Worth Wanting?
  • Where Are We Starting From?

Week Two (10/9-10/13) The Depths
Reading: Life Worth Living, pp. 36-102.

  • Who Do We Answer To?
  • How Does a Good Life Feel?
  • What Should We Hope For?
  • How Should We Live?

Week Three (10/16-10/20): Bedrock
Reading: Life Worth Living, pp. 105-150.

  • The Recipe Test
  • The Really Big Picture

Week Four (10/23-10/27): Facing the Limits
Reading: Life Worth Living, pp. 153-223.

  • When We (Inevitably) Botch It
  • When Life Hurts …
  • … And There’s No Fixing It
  • When It Ends

Week Five (10/30-11/3): Back to the Surface
Reading: Life Worth Living, pp. 227-284.

  • It Turns Out We Have Some Work to Do
  • Change is Hard
  • Making it Stick
  • What Matters Most

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The Messinger-Williams Community Education Initiative at Hood Theological Seminary

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