Making  Meaning: Seeking the Most Meaningful Life is the  first  book  ever  to  fully  develop  the  idea  of  meaning  (defined  as  “significant  impact”)  which  is  greatest  idea,  since  everything  has  it  in  some  way.  This  development  emphasizes  that values  or  ought’s/should’s  provide  more  meaning  in  one’s   life.  We  have  a  crying  need for  this  today  because  most  of  us  have  little  to  believe  in.   “Does my life have enough meaning?” is a life-or-death question. This book takes a common sense approach to answering it. The author describes his own seeking and making meaning to render this abstract idea more concrete.

 Making  Meaning: Seeking the Most Meaningful Life explores  the  following  eight  sources  of  meaning:   1)  relationships,  2)  community,  3)  dialogue,  4)  work,  5)  art,  6)  search  for  God,  7)  possessions  and  8) intangibles  or  nonphysical  realities.  The last source,   potentially the largest, is explained and argued  for.  We  have  another  crying  need  today  to  know  more  than  physical  things.

This  book  tries  to  satisfy  yet  another  crying  need  today:   the  objectivity  of  meaning.  This gives us external standards to judge and live by.  Today’s  widespread  subjective  view  of  meaning  allows  everyone  to  believe  whatever  they  want.  This view is dangerously chaotic  and  wrong.

Toward  the  end  Making  Meaning  tackles  its  major  negative  challenges:   meaninglessness,  nihilism  (the  view  that  nothing  matters  eventually)  and  extreme  relativism.

Finally,  this  book  defines  what  is  the  meaning  of  life  by  drawing  from  all  these  sources.  A  very  brief  survey  of  the  history  of  thinking  about  the  meaning  of  life  including  Socrates, Plato  and  Aristotle  concludes  this  book.