Meaning Making

Learning to Be Human Halfway Through Life

This is a book for people who have been around a while and seen a lot of life . . .

People who have conquered and also failed, scaled a few mountains, and traversed some valleys.

People who are certain about a few things and much less so about pretty much everything else. 

People who recognize that being alive is not equivalent to actually living.

Meaning Making is for those who have smiled and sobbed and loved and lost and are now eyeing the time they still have, determining how to be confident they don’t opt out of the exquisite chaos right in front of them now.

No one is broken, everyone is worthy of being known, and we’re all a collection of complex, beautiful messes. These are the fundamental truths at the heart of this authentic book. It’s about becoming fully human, a moment at a time—no matter hold old you are. 

Meaning Making is not memoir or self-help. Chris is clear that he doesn’t have all the answers (or many at all). He doesn’t offer action plans, groundbreaking advice, or a guarantee to alter your life. 

Instead, he shares the ordinary, simple moments that surprisingly become important life lessons—but only if we choose to make meaning from them. Vulnerable, heartfelt, and relatable, Meaning Making is about Chris’s commitment to embracing the second half of life—and inviting you to do the same.

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ISBN: 979-8-89138-077-6
SKU: 18-1223-01
Categories:Imprints, Amplify Publishing, Nonfiction, Health, Medicine, and Wellness, Mental Health, Inspiration and Personal Success, Self-Esteem and Personal Success

“Chris Field has a gift for celebrating the overlooked ordinary and making every day an opportunity for extraordinary.” —Mel Robbins, New York Times bestselling author of The Five-Second Rule and host of the award-winning Mel Robbins Podcast


“There is wisdom in living an authentic life. We fear that being authentic might create conflict or limit opportunities . . . but when put into practice, it is liberating and brings truly meaningful human connections. That is what our world needs today, so I deeply value Chris’s courage and vulnerability to share reflections of his journey to date. Chris’s assertion that we are not broken is reassuring to all of us who have had similar thoughts and observations. I am eager to see what wisdom Chris draws from the world in the next phase of his life!” —Mark Roenigk, head of hardware engineering at Facebook, former technology advisor to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and director of Taelor’s House Foundation


“Chris has done it again. He has written an amazing book full of stories and analogies that make reading it pleasurable and relatable. And more importantly, I personally identify with so many lessons learned. He addresses hard topics with such grace—what an enriching way to spend an afternoon. My head and heart are full.” —Terri Dorsey, former director of executive development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America


“Chris Field is an astute observer of the human condition. His purpose in writing this introspective book is to share his own life struggles in the hope that his experiences will help others make sense of their own. He has chosen vignettes that are, at once, both deeply personal and universally relatable. Meaning Making consists of many bite-size morsels that, taken together, constitute a veritable feast of valuable, hard-earned wisdom. Chris’s optimism is infectious, and he makes a compelling case for the timeless value of believing that each of us is worthy of being known.” —Dr. David N. McMurray, Regents professor emeritus, former Peace Corps volunteer (Kenya), and former consultant to the World Health Organization

Chris Field

Award-Winning Author and Two-Time TEDx Speaker

Chris Field is an award-winning author and two-time TEDx speaker. He is the founder of Mercy Project, an innovative nonprofit that combats child trafficking in Ghana’s fishing industry. Mercy Project has rescued, rehabilitated, and reintegrated nearly three hundred formerly enslaved children back into their families.

Chris has broken multiple Guinness world records, run dozens of marathons, and taught hundreds of business students at Texas A&M University. His previous books include Disrupting for Good and A Billion Hours of Good. He lives in College Station, Texas, with his wife, Stacey, and their four children.

While all of this sounds really important and impressive (which he understands is the point of this section), he’s also just a regular guy who loses his temper, forgets his wallet, messes up a lot, and has a whole host of shortcomings equally as unimpressive as the two paragraphs above. In other words, he’s a beggar on a journey for bread, just like everyone else in the world.