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But Are You Alive?

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529398885

Price: £14.99

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“A beautiful, sensitive book about the most important issues we face in life.”
-Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning

In ‘But Are You Alive?’, entrepreneur and teacher Eloise Skinner explores lessons learned from a decade spent pursuing depth, purpose and meaning, including from her training in a monastic community and in the field of existential therapy.

Working through practical exercises, principles and tools, Eloise shares wisdom and actionable advice from a variety of traditions and perspectives, all with the intention of helping the reader find a sense of deeper ‘aliveness’ in daily life.


Eloise's thoughtful prose makes it feel like she's speaking directly to the reader as she offers a guiding hand along the way. Searching for our purpose is a daunting pursuit, but this book helps it feel slightly less so, with concrete and actionable advice that invites you to be a participant in your own journey. Not only did I learn a lot in reading it, but I also found myself asking--and hopefully answering--new questions. But Are You Alive is a practical, useful book that simultaneously evokes an existential depth. Even if you've already found your purpose, there's something here that can help you live more fully.
Emily Zemler, author & journalist
Practical in tone, realistic in scope, But Are You Alive? masterfully strikes a fine balance between being directive and open-ended. If you're sick of self-help preachers, the lucid, measured tone of But Are You Alive? will breathe fresh life into your quest to live better.
Kate Hammer, existential analyst & 35-year portfolio career veteran
If your aliveness is missing or defunct, Eloise Skinner's book will help you reclaim it. A practical yet deeply rich guide that facilitates your creation of a fulfilling work-life portfolio through the examination of mind, body, work, and self.
Dan Pontefract, award-winning author of Work-Life Bloom, Lead. Care. Win., and others
Life is not so much about having the right answers as it is about asking the right questions. And a great one to begin with is: 'But are you alive?' Eloise Skinner eloquently and beautifully explores this theme, pulling from her own deep exploration of spirituality, psychology, and the actual act of living. It is a brave, bold book you will want to read more than once. Don't let this book, and more importantly this question, go by without attempting to answer it.
Jeff Goins, bestselling author of The Art of Work
A beautiful, sensitive book about the most important issues we face in life.
Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning
A fascinating book, filled with a wide range of practical tools to help us understand and engage with our lives in a meaningful way.
Sara Kuburic, The Millennial Therapist