Posted by: Peadar Ban | August 21, 2012

A Review: The Fullness of Purpose, by Ken Yasinski

Have you all heard the very short saying, only three words, that goes like this, “Why?”  “Why not?”  I first heard it as a very quick joke, and laughed wryly at the telling.  The joke teller was making a sardonic comment on life.

In his book, The Fullness of Purpose, Ken Yasinski has written a way for us to understand those two questions.  His purpose in this plain speaking book is to provide the answer to the first question and lay the second question forever to rest by means of an explanation nowhere near as dismissive in nature as the question is, itself.

One does get the idea, after reaching a certain age, that “Why?” can properly be called the fundamental question.  What age?  Well, your humble reviewer noticed it in his children at just about the time they were able to form sentences.  “Why, Daddy?” became one of their favorites.  “Why” became like a call, a bird’s call, echoing from morning to evening throughout and about the house, both inside and out — wherever we parents were, as little ones sought to make sense of a world they had awakened to, all of a sudden, as if overnight.

And the question does not disappear as we grow older; it simply seems to go deeper.  We no longer want to know why clocks tick, other things whirr and Grandpa snores, let alone how he does it; we have questions now about existence itself, and our proper place in it.  Contemporary society responds to our deep new questions with slogans for answers, telling us to just “be the best you can be,” or “go for the gold” and everything will end all right.  To deep questions of meaning and purpose society educates, trains and persuades us to believe that the only right answers include whiter teeth, the right job, a good car and six-pack abs.  It is a thin gruel, and ultimately a starvation diet for the soul.

Ken Yasinski’s book The Fullness of Purpose never mentions any of that as being even remotely connected to the question which never lets us go.  His first two sentences read: “Purpose and potential, they go hand in hand.  Lose one, lose the other.”   From the outset, Yasinki’s intent is to demonstrate that there is no such thing as a “Why not?” question.  And, furthermore, the answer to the first question, “Why?”, begins “Here’s why…”

Yasinski sets out to show us over the next 200 pages in just what the “Here’s why…” consists, and how we can learn and live the answer, the True Answer “come down from heaven.”  Of course, we will need some help along the way, and The Fullness of Purpose tells where such help may be found.  (The faithful reader will not be surprised, I suspect, to hear.)

But even a faithful reader may be surprised, and happily so, to learn what, exactly, the fullness of purpose is.  I do not want to spoil the book for anyone thinking of buying it, so I’ll leave it to you to find that out on your own!   Suffice it to say that you will be able to provide a satisfactory answer to anyone asking that pesky question after you’ve read this simple yet profound and wise book — a book for everyone from teenagers wrestling with awakening soul-life to old folks trying to rest and await their last beautiful sunset.

The book is available from The Christian Book Corner.

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