The Purpose Handbook
A beginner’s guide to figuring out what you’re here to do
by Eloise Skinner
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 05 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 19 Oct 2021
It’s Monday morning, 9am. How do you feel?
Imagine waking up to start another week. In a perfect world, how would you like to feel? Maybe you imagine feeling motivated and energized. Maybe you imagine starting your week with a sense of purpose, peace and intention.
The goal of this book is simple: to help you live with a sense of purpose. Part-manual, part-manifesto, this book is not a quick fix for happiness; it’s not a five-day plan promising a fast result. Instead, it’s a companion, your personal guide to navigating your own sense of purpose as it evolves throughout your life.
Eloise Skinner is an author, therapist and teacher. She’s also the founder of The Purpose Workshop, an agency helping clients to navigate their purpose and redesign their lives.
Eloise studied at Cambridge, trained at Oxford and practised as a corporate lawyer, but after some soul-searching (including a year training to be a monk!) she followed her passion into psychotherapy.
Above all, Eloise is driven by the idea of integration - the power of bringing together all aspects of work and life; to live fully, with intention, integrity and purpose.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 7 members
Really interesting concept, and I love the journal prompts. It really gets you thinking, and helps to put things into perspective. At times it felt a little overwhelming, but overall this is a really innovative idea that I really enjoyed reading and taking part in.
"The Purpose Handbook: A beginner’s guide to figuring out what you’re here to do" is about finding the core meaning in your life and living every day with focus and intention. Skinner’s lovely writing style makes the progression of content feel like a journey with a mentor. She invites you to reflect so you can live your best life and give back to others. Every page makes it clear that she cares deeply about helping people find their path in life. My interest in this topic is related to activism and helping people find the cause closest to their hearts. Skinner’s handbook would help readers do this and much, much more. This book is packed with exercises, and I appreciate that she offers a free pdf companion workbook. In fact, there is so much good information I found it a bit overwhelming. This book lends itself to a slow read, with many pauses to work on the exercises and try new habits. A young person can find their North Star and what a gift that would be early in life. Someone reading this later in life may realize they have to tweak their course to live with intention. Skinner is clear that this is a process; we evolve, and our purpose grows with us.
I really like the way that this was written and presented. Lots of little prompts and reminders included. Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book, it exceeded my expectations. Full of practical exercises and sound advice, I think many readers will get something useful out of it. I was genuinely excited at points as I began figuring out what my purpose in life is, something which has been bothering me for the last few years. The book encourages you to find a balance between doing something you love, that ideally helps others and is something that you can make a living from. The only negative I can think of is that some areas of the book seem aimed at a certain professional career focussed person which could be off-putting for someone who isn’t necessarily motivated by promotions at work or who has entrepreneurial aspirations. Saying that, it is written in an accessible way and the author’s warmth and passion shines through.