A Mind at Peace

Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction

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Download a printable Examination of Conscience with special attention to the influence of digital technology HERE.

These past two decades, modern technology has brought into being scores of powerful challenges to our interior peace and well-being. We’re experiencing a worldwide crisis of attention in which information overwhelms us, corrodes true communion with others, and leaves us anxious, unsettled, bored, isolated, and lonely.

These pages provide the time-tested antidote that enables you to regain an ordered and peaceful mind in a technologically advanced world. Drawing on the wisdom of the world’s greatest thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas, these pages help you identify – and show you how to cultivate – the qualities of character you need to survive in our media-saturated environment.

This book offers a calm, measured, yet forthright and effective approach to regaining interior peace. Here you’ll find no argument for retreat from the modern world; instead these pages provide you with a practical guide to recovering self-mastery and interior peace through wise choices and ordered activity in the midst of the world’s communication chaos.

Are you increasingly frustrated and perplexed in this digital age? Do you yearn for a mind that is more focused and a soul able to put down that IPhone and simply rejoice in the good and the true? It’s not hard to do. The saints and the wise can show you how; this book makes their counsel available to you.

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"This is not a book about technology. It is a book about being restored to ourselves and thus finding peace. It is not primarily about “disconnecting” from our devices but about reconnecting with God and therefore with ourselves."

Fr. Paul Scalia
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"This potent dose of reality confirms what I have often said to my students: that metaphysics can be of practical help in daily life. A Mind at Peace guides us to reclaiming what we may not know we have lost."

Rev. Paul N. Check, Rector
St. John Fisher Seminary Residence, Diocese of Bridgeport
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"In an age besotted with what Pascal would have called “distraction” (divertissement), Messrs. Hochschild and Blum have drawn deeply from the font of Catholic wisdom to produce a mental and spiritual cure. In this profound and beautifully written book, they help us put aside our distractions and focus our minds and hearts again on what is truly important."

Randall B. Smith
Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas (Houston)
  • Pages: 192
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622823-819
  • Product Code: 3819
  • Availability: In Stock
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Give peace a chance!
Acknowledging that the iPhone is here to stay, "A Mind at Peace" offers itself as a survival guide to “the media-saturated environment in which we now live." Its great strength is in the practical solutions to countering the harmful effects of digital media, as well as articulating the truths that will provide the motivation for this endeavor.
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Excellent, timely, and practical.
This is a fantastic example of the application of theology, Scripture, and the wisdom of the Saints to modern life. Practical and profound, with excellent insights, examples, and guidance for the application to oneself, this is not one of those pedantic self help "step" books. Rather, it is loaded with wisdom - one can feel the Holy Spirit at work when reading it. Buy it, read it, and allow yourself to stop often to reflect and be inspired. I rarely read a book more than once but this one, I will.
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Love it!
This book goes far beyond mere diagnosis of the problem, important as that may be, to addressing the underlying nature of the human person and it's relationship to the real. It is a solid, clear dose of timeless wisdom.
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The two consistent influences throughout the text are Christianity (especially Catholicism) and Aristotelian philosophy. This is not a work of apologetics, whether Christian or Aristotelian. Rather, the authors draw freely from their own Christian convictions about the good life as providing useful insight and guidelines towards the goal of a mind at peace. These convictions will resonate with and/or challenge the Christian reader, while a non-Christian reader may find other lines of encouragement and advice within the book more appealing.
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The tone of the book is of those who have experienced the joy of a mind at peace
This book speaks well to the disposition of the authors when writing. The tone of the book is of those who have experienced the joy of a mind at peace, offering an invitation to the reader. They have a message that they believe is worth hearing, and they give no indication of the frustration of a prophet sent to a people who will not listen.
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