The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

by David Brooks. Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.


This book describes four elements that make life fulfilling so readers can live joyful, integrated lives.


four primary life commitments: family, vocation, philosophy or faith, and community

Recommended Audience

anyone who wants to learn and live with integrity


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Gain a deeper understanding of meaning and purpose by reading this in an adult study group.
  • Start leading from your virtues and positive character by reading this book and focusing on specific aspects of your life.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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