The chapters of the book are:
“Is life worth living? This is the most frightening and threatening question faced by millions of people all over the world. Presumably, almost everyone faces this question, at least momentarily, sometime, Varghese Paul’s book, How to Make Life Worth Living, is a commendable attempt to find an answer….
“The author’s twenty-five essays encourage us to find the “why” of life in simple things and in simple ways. You may find meaning when you hear birds chirping or see the humaneness of Mother Teresa of Calcutta; or you may be inspired by the stories in this book, among them: “Justice for all means peace for all”, “Teachers are the key to education”, “Cultural and religious pluralism”, “Displaced persons and refugees”, “Let human rights rule you house” or “Fighting social evil – the Adivasi way”.”
“This is a book that offers penetrating reflection and continually emphasizes its themes of liberation and love and draws connections to the challenges and faithfulness in our time. It is a book written in a conscience, spiced with stories and living examples, which is simple language instill, in the reader the courage to live a life worth living, inspite of everything. Everyone should read this book so that we may all become instruments of peace in the new millennium to make the world a better place.”
“Who would profit from reading this book which consists of 25 essays, “all anchored in love and values” (p.10), some of which have earlier appeared in some national periodicals like Indian Currents and The Examiner? The Foreword says that “the book’s declared aim is to help young people, irrespective of their religion, caste or colour, grow us as mature, responsible individuals, attentive to the needs of others, specially the weak and the poor” (p.14). However, there’s no gainsaying the fact that it offers others too an opportunity to look at things, people and situations from a different point of view. In fact, this book is a pointer to the fact that with such an all-encompassing line of thinking flowing through his writings, Varghese Paul, a Jesuit priest, is all set to emerge as successful a writer in English as he has been in Gujarati, the language in which he has written no less than 36 books in just two decades!