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Book Review – The Seed (Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work)

Last night, I finished reading The Seed (Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work) by Jon Gordon.  I received the book through Michael Hyatt‘s blog.  While I’m feeling pretty content with my life and work, this book offered some valuable reminders for pursuing purpose in both.

Gordon uses a story of a man who finds himself caught in the doldrums of going to work every day.  The main character, Joshua, runs into several different people as he travels around for two weeks with his dog, Dharma.  At the beginning of the story, Joshua is given a seed by an old farmer, and he’s told to plant his seed where he finds his purpose.  By the end of the story, Joshua discovers the four levels of purpose and he discovers his purpose.  He plants his seed, and he sees growth and a harvest that has lasting impact.

I didn’t have any major expectations when I opened the book for the first time, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The Seed is a quick read, and I think it’s worth the time to be reminded about the importance of living with purpose.  I would recommend this book.

(Jon Gordon has written several books designed to inspire passion and purpose.  I am most looking forward to picking up a copy of The No Complaining Rule – Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work.)

What are your reading right now?  What’s on your reading list for the rest of the summer?


July 27, 2011 - Posted by | book review


  1. “The No complaining Rule” was a great read as well. I read it last year and got some good ideas from it. Being an avid reader, I usually am reading several books at the same time. Currently, I am actively in the middle of “Surviving Your Serengeti” by Swanepoel, “Leadership is dead” – Kubicek, Book 5 of the Legend of Drizzt Series by Salvatore, and “Front-porch Prophet” by Atkins. The 2 books I am most looking forward to picking up next are “Quitter” -Acuff and “Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me” – Cron.

    I find my self with more books to read than I could possibly get through. I just need to find a way to read books for a paycheck.

    Comment by bschebs | July 27, 2011 | Reply

    • I’m the same way. I probably have five books on or by my nightstand that I haven’t read yet. I did read Leadership is Dead, and I’d like to read Quitter. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan looks like an interesting read as well. There’s always something!

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 27, 2011 | Reply

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