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Martin Departs on Messy Quest Blog Tour

May 2, 2012

Join Stephen Martin, a nonprofit professional and journalist, as he departs on a blog tour for the release of his first book, The Messy Quest for Meaning. In Messy Quest, Martin tells the story of his own challenging pursuit of purpose and those of numerous other seekers, including actor Martin Sheen; activist Dorothy Day; and Cory Booker, the unlikely mayor of Newark, NJ. Their experiences, combined with insights from the ancient traditions of Trappist monks, point toward five key practices that can unlock our potential. Martin helps readers grapple with life’s most fundamental questions—What was I put here to do? And how do I do it? — and ready themselves for the next steps on their own unique journeys.

Follow Martin as he visits with fellow bloggers. The tour schedule will be updated as posts are added and currently includes:

May 2nd: Sarah Reinhard on Snoring Scholar

May 2nd: Lisa Hendey on

May 9th: Kate Wicker on

May 21st: Fran Rossi Szpylczyn on There Will Be Bread, Parish Blog of St. Edward the Confessor, and Pastoral Postings

About Stephen Martin

Stephen Martin is a speech writer, journalist, and award-winning essayist. He directs public relations and executive communications for the nonprofit Center for Creative Leadership. Formerly a business and education reporter for several daily newspapers, Martin coauthors a regular column on social innovation and entrepreneurship for the Raleigh News & Observer. His essays have appeared in America, Commonweal, Portland, and on He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He and his wife Dawn and their two children live in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church.

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