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

Screen Shot 2018-12-30 at 1.46.58 PM.pngBrother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life, written by August Turak and illustrated by Glenn Harrington, is much more than a simple picture book.

In this moving and beautifully illustrated essay, Turak invites the reader on a journey through the pain and struggle of facing our worst fears and inadequacies to a gentle and compassionate realization that the purpose of life for each of us is at once the most challenging and the most obvious path forward. Turak uses the story of his surprise interaction with Brother John one rainy Christmas Eve to guide the reader toward self-revelation. Though the book is only a few pages and takes little time to read, its characters and message are thought-provoking, challenging, and inspiring enough to stay with the reader long after reaching the ending.

This book has already become a favorite and takes a prominent spot on my bookshelf where I know I will be returning to it time and again.


Brother John on Amazon
Brother John Website
Brother John Trailer on YouTube
August Turak on Facebook
August Turak on Twitter


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

About Laura K. Cavanaugh

I'm a writer, spiritual director, and advocate of holistic body theology.

Posted on November 30, 2018, in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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