Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

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Clovercroft Publishing
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9.2 X 11.2 X 0.4 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive and award-winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey since 1996. As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from the monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of businesses. Service and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition's remarkable business success. It is an ancient though immensely relevant economic model that preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions. Combining case studies from his thirty-year business career with intimate portraits of the monks at work, Turak shows how Trappist principles can be successfully applied to secular business settings and to our personal lives as well. He demonstrates that monks, people like Warren Buffett and other "transformational organizations" are successful not despite their high principles but because of them. He lives in North Carolina.

Glenn Harrington's paintings are recognized and collected internationally. They are highly esteemed among collectors and publishers and have been featured in American Arts Quarterly, American Art Collector, International Artists Magazine, and on the covers of American Artist and US Art, New Art International, The New York Times, and more. He has numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Japan, Charleston, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and has exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, The Museum of American Illustration and the USGA Museum. His portrait work has received the Portrait Society of America's Draper Grand Prize in 2007, Honor Award in 2008 and 2005 and Certificate Awards in 2009 and 2004 during its international juried exhibitions. He lives in Pennsylvania.


"Just beautiful. As humble and subtle as the brothers but staggering in southern color and beauty and geometry and light. What a treasure." - Mark Harrington, Newsday Journalist/Reporter

"A gorgeous Christmas present or special occasion book, Brother John is unique and joyful in its message."- Zippy Sandler, Champagne Living

"Brother John by August Turak is a captivating story that calls each of us to reflect on our own lives. Turak does an incredible job of pulling you into life at the monastery. As with any life of great compassion, we fear that we are incapable of living such nobility, but Turak gives us a compelling reason to try. He asserts that if we allow ourselves to pursue the 'everyday noble' in the same way as Brother John, we will experience the miraculous, and a release of fear that our life is not big enough. I found myself filled with hope after reading Brother John, reminded that growth lays before us, on the other side of fear!" - Sarah Heath, author, What's Your Story? Seeing Your Life Through God's Eyes