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Mending of a Broken Heart

The Nature of Meaning and the Purpose that Gives Life Hope

by James Michael Castleton



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/1/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 406
ISBN : 9781512748444
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 406
ISBN : 9781512748451
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 406
ISBN : 9781512748437

About the Book

Mending of a Broken Heart: The Nature of Meaning and the Purpose that Gives Life Hope speaks with a distinctive and evocative voice. It brings to the world of words and the thoughts they convey the unique experiences of a man struggling to pass through the deeps of loss and to emerge with a trustworthy grasp on life's meaning and purpose. The author, James Michael Castleton, an award-winning physician, shares his journey in both prose and poetry. The blend captures the nature of life-sometimes lyrical and mystical and majestic, yet often prosaic and focused on finding a path upon which one can place each foot in turn, just to make one's way through the day.

Mending of a Broken Heart does not shy away from life's sharp edges or from exploring how they strike at the roots of relationships. As Dr. Castleton notes in beginning his reflections, 

We are born with a broken heart,
Born with a sorrow we can only later articulate,
Born missing the most essential aspect of what we need to live a fulfilling life ...
Born without a sense of meaning. 

Mending of a Broken Heart explains the distinctions between happiness and meaning and explores how having a valid purpose and holding to true hope contribute to giving meaning to one's life.

About the Author

James Michael Castleton, MD was born in Los Angeles, California, when the last farms and orange groves had almost disappeared, and grew up in humble but wholesome circumstances. The beauty in those circumstances left a lifelong impression that 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. Dr. Castleton received his training in medicine and behavioral science at Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Oxford University. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and National Heart Institute and a master physician and laureate of the American Board of Cardiology. “Mending of a Broken Heart” is his first book and speaks to the intersection of medicine, psychology, and faith with meaning, offering philosophical insights and personal application. James enjoys sunrise photography, poetry, hiking in the high country of the Sierra Nevada, and quiet moments with his beloved H.