Life Worth Living

Life Worth Living

A guide to what matters most


What kind of life would be truly worth wanting? What kind of world would be truly worth seeking? How should we live?

We are facing a crisis of meaning. Swept up in the obstacles of the day-to-day, the deeper questions of our fundamental purpose linger just beneath the surface of our personal lives and our collective culture. What we need is to seek the truth.

In Life Worth Living, leading Yale theologians Volf, Croasmun and McAnnally-Linz offer a deep dive beneath the levels of habit, strategy and introspection to the bedrock question of what kind of life is truly worth living. Inspired by the leading Yale course of the same name, this perspective-shifting book will guide you through life's biggest questions. Drawing on the world's greatest religious and philosophical traditions, this is your path to understanding the true meaning of life.


  • 'Life Worth Living is an essential roadmap for anyone who's ever wondered about how to live the good life. It's the accessible crash course we all need to explore the big questions that lead to a happier, more morally satisfying life.'
    Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast

About the authors

Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf is Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. A leading religious public intellectual and author of over a dozen books, his Exclusion and Embrace won the 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Religion and was named one of the 100 most influential religious books of the 20th century by Christianity Today.
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Matthew Croasmun

Matthew Croasmun is Director of the Life Worth Living program at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, Lecturer in Humanities at Yale College, and Faith Initiative Director at Grace Farms Foundation. He is author of The Emergence of Sin and Let Me Ask You a Question, as well as co-author with Miroslav Volf of For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference.
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Ryan McAnnally-Linz

Ryan McAnnally-Linz is Associate Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. He is co-author with Miroslav Volf of Public Faith in Action and has written for The Washington Post's Acts of Faith, Sojourners, and The Christian Century.
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