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Signals of Transcendence

Listening to the Promptings of Life

by Os Guinness

Signals of Transcendence
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Published: March 07, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: A0440
  • ISBN: 9781514004401

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There must be something more to life.

The modern world is a place of great distraction, and it can be difficult to make sense of our human existence. But at some point in our lives, we may experience particular moments that prompt us to search for something deeper. Sociologist Peter Berger described these hints and clues as "signals of transcendence" that awaken us to unseen realities.

In Signals of Transendence Os Guinness

  • Tells stories of people who experienced signals of transcendence and followed them to find new meaning and purpose in life,
  • Explores the experiences of notable figures such as Leo Tolstoy and C. S. Lewis as well as lesser-known individuals who experienced a variety of promptings that signaled to them that life could not continue as they had thought, and
  • Shows how we can experience the same kinds of moments of transcendence if only we open our eyes to recognize the signals.

Through unsatisfied longings or disillusionments that yet yielded glimpses of beauty or joy, these moments drew people toward epiphanies of transformation. And the same can be true for us, should we have the courage to follow the signals wherever they may lead.

Listen for the signals. And discover what more awaits those with ears to hear.

"In his usual erudite clarity, Os Guinness illuminates the dark paths of history's chaos, traumas, and violence with Signals of Transcendence. This book is a gold mine of wisdom, a gift for generations to come. For all of us meandering as border-stalking artists, drowning in the undertows of cultural currents that wash away our confidence in institutions of faith, classical learning, and worldly systems, Guinness is a pedagogical North Star that guides to enlarge our imaginations and to give courage for that journey. I found myself gripped with every page of this book, called into the minute particulars of every word, in order to behold, to begin to mend the fragments of broken fissures in our time."

Makoto Fujimura, artist and author of Art+Faith: A Theology of Making

"A tremendous little book, crackling with challenge, insight, and truth. Essential reading for anyone brave enough to open their mind and think."

Norman Stone, director of the original Shadowlands

Read an Excerpt



1. The Lights of Home: Malcolm Muggeridge
2. Every Mother's Comfort: Peter Berger
3. Cries to Heaven, Cries for Hell: W. H. Auden
4. Heart-Cracking Goodness: Philip Hallie
5. Stopped in His Tracks by a Dandelion: G. K. Chesterton
6. Joy with a Capital J: C. S. Lewis
7. The Haunting Caricature: Windsor Elliott
8. The Truth We Face Alone: Leo Tolstoy
9. If Love Is Not Forever: Whitfield Guinness
10. Never Too Late: Kenneth Clark
Postscript: Time for an Awakening


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Os Guinness

Os Guinness (DPhil, Oxford) is the author or editor of more than thirty-five books, including The Dust of Death, The Call, Fool's Talk, Carpe Diem Redeemed, The Magna Carta of Humanity, Last Call for Liberty, Impossible People, Unspeakable, and Time for Truth. He is the founder of the Trinity Forum, a prominent social critic, and a frequent speaker who has addressed audiences worldwide.