GENRE: Memoir

About the Book

If we’re honest, we’ll admit our days are filled with normal routines, like eating cereal and sitting in traffic. We often wonder, “is this it?”

But do we really have to quit our jobs and travel the world to find a fulfilling, purposeful life? Is it possible to find significance in our daily routines, right here and now?

After experiencing a rapid series of major life changes within a single year, Nate stumbled upon a reality that’s shared by us all: there’s profound meaning in our ordinary, everyday moments, but we can’t see it.

Through painfully-honest storytelling and candid conversation, Nate shares how years of mistakes and missteps uncovered a simple framework that reveals the greater purpose behind our everyday lives, and why the answers to life’s deep questions are often backward from what we expect.

Read an Excerpt

As I faded between my thoughts and Michael’s words, I noticed something different about him. You know how there are those scenes in movies where someone is talking, and you see their mouth moving, but you don’t hear the words? Only the thoughts in the protagonist’s head?

This was like that. “Why does he look so calm?” I asked myself. There was a peace about him I hadn’t seen before. He looked rested, he spoke vibrantly, and he had a certain tranquility about him. Maybe he only looked extra peaceful in contrast to my own worn-down spirit that day. I couldn’t help feeling, however, that between the two of us, Michael was the one who was truly living.

All of our society’s values and ideals screamed, “that can’t be!” How was it that in a time when Michael was broke, working at McDonald’s, and living with his parents, he seemed less anxious than I was? I was the one leading a growing company with plenty of access to cash and investors; I drove a car and he walked; I picked up our dinner tab; I was going to sleep in a nice downtown loft while he was headed to sleep in his childhood bedroom.  By all measures, I was the one who should have felt inner peace. At the same time, as I watched him, I knew those things didn’t matter. The storm stirring inside me, juxtaposed against Michael’s calm, said so.

About the Author

Nate is an author & entrepreneur who helps us find more meaning in the ordinary, everyday moments of our lives. Nate and his wife, Erin, were raised in Chicago and now hail from Denver. After moving cities and cycling through a rapid series of major life changes, Nate launched his publishing company, Live Forward, to help others find more meaning in their everyday lives.

Building on his experience as the co-founder of a successful, venture-backed startup company, and as a frequent speaker and trainer on storytelling for nonprofit leaders, Nate’s recent book, Living Forward, Looking Backward, helps others understand the greater purpose behind their own life stories.

Through Nate’s memories, stories, and candor, we learn how the principle of paradox and the story of the Gospel shows up in each of our lives, often in ways we don’t expect, and ways that feel even a little backward to us.

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A Giveaway

Nate Nasralla will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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September 10:
1: Sharing Links and Wisdom
2: This and That Book Blog
3: Edgar’s Books
4: Fabulous and Brunette
5: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
6: Uplifting Reads

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1: Rogues Angels
2: Locks, Hooks and Books
3: It’s Raining Books
4: Mixed Book Bag
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
6: Let me tell you a story
7: Kimmi Love

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1: Jazzy Book Reviews
2: Readeropolis
3: Welcome to My World of Dreams
4: T’s Stuff
5: Travel the Ages
6: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
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3: Deal Sharing Aunt
4: Bri’s Book Nook
5: The Sassy Book Lover

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1: Cafinated Reads
2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
3: Linda Nightingale… Musings
4: Long and Short Reviews
5: Kit ‘N Kabookle
6: Casey’s Corner

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Nate for this first-day stop on his week-long tour. It’s always nice stepping out of the world of romance and into reality.

Please come back all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


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4 Responses to LIVING FORWARD LOOKING BACKWARD by Nate Nasralla

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! For all of the readers seeing this post/comment, I’d love to hear from you, what gets you out of bed on a Monday morning? How about this morning, in particular? What gives you a sense of purpose?


    • Nancy Fraser says:

      You’re welcome, Nate. Coffee is what gets me out of bed every morning. Then, it’s the writing that keeps me going. Or, my grandchildren. Best of luck with the book.

  2. Victoria says:

    Great excerpt!

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