There are times when we all need a little encouragement.
Reed Daugherity understands. That’s why the Spokane-based consultant has written “Passionate Purpose: Awakening the Inner Fire” (BookPartners, 102 pages, $14.95, ISBN 1-885221-75-4)).
“For centuries, philosophers and mystics have taught that if you go inside you will find the fountain of wisdom,” Daugherity wrote in his book’s introduction. “The problem is there are few adequate explanations of the process by which an individual can direct himself on the trip inward bound.
“To that end this book has been written.”
Unlike M. Scott Peck’s “The Road Less Traveled,” James Hillman’s “The Soul’s Code” and Joseph Campbell’s (et al) “The Hero’s Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell,” all of which Daugherity refers to, “Passionate Purpose” is a slim volume that consists mostly of questions.
The questions are designed to guide us toward self-awareness. By providing answers to such queries as “What would you do even if you were not paid to do it?” and “What is challenging to you in your work or personal life?” the reader is invited to find his or her own way.
“We must begin to look deeply within ourselves to discover the true enjoyment of loving our lives and work, embracing that which fulfills us,” Daugherity wrote. “If we find the purpose which anchors us, balances us and provides a sense of fulfillment, then we can escape the confusion, stress and anxiety that are created by changes in the world. We can experience peace.”
To order “Passionate Purpose,” send $14.95 (plus $3.50 for shipping and handling), to BookPartners Inc., P.O. Box 922, Wilsonville, OR 97070; or phone (800) 895-7323.
Calling all Catholics
Mitch Finley, the prolific author of more than 20 books, has a new one out.
“The Joy of Being a Eucharistic Minister” (Resurrection Press, 96 pages, $4.95 paperback, ISBN 1-878178-45-2) is aimed at a relatively small audience - those individuals who are, or are considering becoming, eucharistic ministers. But it is written with Finley’s trademark reverence for all things Catholic.
“The purpose of this book is to offer some tips and insights on a spirituality for eucharistic ministers, at the heart of which is love for God and neighbor,” Finley wrote. “…this book is meant to nourish the heart and soul of anyone who is a eucharistic minister and encourage deeper intimacy with the risen Christ present in the eucharist.”
A Whitworth reader
Poet Primus St. John, author of four books of poetry and a professor of English at Portland State University, will read at Whitworth College on April 17 as the 1998 Ada Redmond Reader.
St. John, whose 8 p.m. reading will be held at Whitworth College Campus Center, has taught at the Claremont Colleges and at Portland’s Reed College. Besides his four books, St. John has placed his poetry in 19 anthologies and such literary journals as the American Poetry Review and the Iowa Review.
The reading is free and open to the public.
On the market
All successful writers get by on more than just talent. They also have an understanding of the way business works.
If you want that same kind of information, then you might consider attending a 10-week course that Eastern Washington University is holding titled “Marketing Your Freelance Writing.”
Instructor John Soennichsen will concentrate on searching out potential markets, the writing of query letters and the specifics of contracts, payment policies, record keeping and tax liability.
The continuing education course is non-credit and costs $199. The class, which begins April 8, is held 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Riverpoint Higher Education Park Classroom Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
For further information, call EWU’s Continuing Education program at 359-2268, or call Soennichsen at 359-2396.
Gates of opportunity
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Microsoft founder Bill Gates? Darryl Caldwell, former publicist for Auntie’s Bookstore, will give a talk on just that subject.
Caldwell’s talk, titled “Working for Bill,” is set for 5 p.m. Friday at Clarke & Stone Co., 204 N. Division. For further information, call 838-0607.
The reader board
Terri Cone and Linda Bise, coauthors of “When a Loved One Grows Old - What Happens to Me?” will discuss issues discussed in their book at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Auntie’s Bookstore, Main and Washington.
Walt Crowley, author of the “National Historic Trust Guide to Seattle,” will talk about his book at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clarke & Stone Co., 204 N. Division.
Charles Pezeshki, author of “Wild to the Last: Environmental Conflict in the Clearwater Country,” will read from his book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Auntie’s Bookstore.