cover image You Can Experience . . . a Purposeful Life

You Can Experience . . . a Purposeful Life

James Emery White / Author Thomas Nelson Publishers $10.99 (22

This slick, superficial call to a purposeful life relies heavily on motivational anecdotes, drawn from well-trod urban legends and such inspirational Hollywood blockbusters as Chariots of Fire and Mr. Holland's Opus. These tales seem to exist for their own sake, connecting poorly to one another or to the book's ostensible point, which is that life should be purpose-driven. White's writing sounds just like a motivational trump speech, altered not one whit for print, and his ideas are disappointingly formulaic and trite. He adjures readers, for example, ""Do associate yourself with those things that reflect your values, and don't associate yourself with those things that violate your values."" Oh. (Mar.)