Signals of Transcendence
There must be something more to life.
The modern world is a place of great distraction, and it can be difficult to make sense of our human existence. But at some point in our lives, we may experience particular moments that prompt us to search for something deeper. Sociologist Peter Berger described these hints and clues as "signals of transcendence" that awaken us to unseen realities.
Os Guinness tells stories of people who experienced signals of transcendence and followed them to find new meaning and purpose in life. Notable figures such as Leo Tolstoy and C. S. Lewis as well as lesser-known individuals experienced a variety of promptings that signaled to them that life could not continue as they had thought. Through unsatisfied longings or disillusionments that yet yielded glimpses of beauty or joy, these moments drew people toward epiphanies of transformation. And the same can be true for us, should we have the courage to follow the signals wherever they may lead.
Listen for the signals. And discover what more awaits those with ears to hear.
"In his usual erudite clarity, Os Guinness illuminates the dark paths of history's chaos, traumas, and violence with Signals of Transcendence. This book is a gold mine of wisdom, a gift for generations to come. For all of us meandering as border-stalking artists, drowning in the undertows of cultural currents that wash away our confidence in institutions of faith, classical learning, and worldly systems, Guinness is a pedagogical North Star that guides to enlarge our imaginations and to give courage for that journey. I found myself gripped with every page of this book, called into the minute particulars of every word, in order to behold, to begin to mend the fragments of broken fissures in our time."
"A tremendous little book, crackling with challenge, insight, and truth. Essential reading for anyone brave enough to open their mind and think."
1. The Lights of Home: Malcolm Muggeridge
2. Every Mother's Comfort: Peter Berger
3. Cries to Heaven, Cries for Hell: W. H. Auden
4. Heart-Cracking Goodness: Philip Hallie
5. Stopped in His Tracks by a Dandelion: G. K. Chesterton
6. Joy with a Capital J: C. S. Lewis
7. The Haunting Caricature: Windsor Elliott
8. The Truth We Face Alone: Leo Tolstoy
9. If Love Is Not Forever: Whitfield Guinness
10. Never Too Late: Kenneth Clark
Postscript: Time for an Awakening