Meet the Author:

I was born in Los Angeles, California, when the last farms and orange groves had almost disappeared, and grew up in a sleepy suburb nestled in the foothills of Laurel Canyon.
 

We enjoyed a crow’s nest view of the valley, and our tiny home felt like an oasis with its lemon and peach trees and wild mint. The valley at night was a treasure of glittering lights, and the morning a repository of gold against the mountains.

It has been said that “beauty is the promise of happiness” and our humble but wholesome circumstances impressed upon me from an early age how a life rich with significance is likely to be the one lived on the simplest terms—one that contains nothing less than is required and nothing more than it ought.

I was blessed with good friends in high school, yet found that solitude was often my most cherished companion. I spent many mornings and evenings hiking the myriad trails of the Santa Monica Mountains, seeing more than one dawn break over Los Angeles from my dew covered sleeping bag. I have enjoyed solo map and compass cross-country trekking in the high country of the Sierra Nevada and have put more miles on my boots in those mountains than I have my car.

In a world where kindness is so often lacking, I have long wondered how people make sense of their lives and find the wherewithal to do what needs to be done, yet with the honesty and sincerity of purpose that a meaningful life requires. I pursued such interests in college from the perspective of behavioral anthropology and cognitive psychology and spent 6 months in focused study along these lines during my senior year at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, England. From there I went on into medicine receiving my training at Stanford, Harvard and Yale University and practiced in Boston, Massachusetts, for more than 20 years.

During this time it became clear to me that the principle cause of mental and physical disease was the failure to find a satisfactory answer to the question of meaning. Several years ago, life brought me to the point where I had to answer that question in earnest for myself. The result is Mending of a Broken Heart.

I endeavor to explain, not simply how to live a meaningful life, but what it is that you are feeling when you find life meaningful—and why this emotion is built into our natures, so that you can create not simply imitate a meaningful life. Because meaning is not an end in itself, but is a byproduct of a way of life, this begs other questions and I discuss how meaning relates to purpose and hope, as well as how it differs from happiness—also an essential emotion.

A common misconception in Christian circles is the notion that happiness must be denied in order to find life meaningful. This is a terrible myth and I discuss what it is that does need to be denied, as well as what needs to be cultivated, so that life can be experienced as both happy and meaningful. I also discuss how each contributes to the contented life.

 

Mending of a Broken Heart is meant for the person of faith or the spiritually minded. It is a personal journey told from a personal perspective and the lofty topics it dares approach are firmly embedded within the two lives that take this journey together. It is heartfelt, poetic and searching.

My hope is that Mending will shorten your own journey or be a solace to you in yours.

Trial and Reprieve

MENDING OF A BROKEN HEART

The Nature of Meaning and the Purpose the Gives Life Hope

“His insight ... rings humbly and true ... Rich in metaphor, Mending of a Broken Heart is heartfelt, poetic, and beautifully written, offering wise reflections on the nature of life, death, suffering, and trying to find our way through an often-challenging world. Readers of Robert Wicks, C.S. Lewis, and Henri Nouwen, will find much to appreciate here.” ~BlueInk

“graceful” ... “an elegant and weighty theological memoire”.
~Kirkus

“A search for answers to timeless questions leads to enlivening theology from a lay perspective ... Familiar concepts are eloquently drawn to show the need for God ... Nearly aphoristic gems reveal a talent for distilling complexity. The theme of agape ... build[s] a case for seeing others from a radical perspective ... God is portrayed in the multifaceted and challenging way that the topic deserves.”
~ForeWord Clarion

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Overcoming Temptation — Lessons from Gesthemane, Part 3
The Disciples’ Failure and a Prescription for Success

This series is for anyone who has ever struggled with temptation and would like to find a better way. 

In Part 1, we learned that Jesus’ suffered in the garden of Gesthemane, not as God, but as a man, and revealed just how severe His was. In Part 2, we discovered the resources Jesus brought to bear to triumph over temptation. In this Part, we’ll look at why the disciples failed in their own Garden temptation for insights into why we so often fail in ours, and then close with some thoughts about what we can do to better cope with trial.

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