Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics outlines "wholesome, spiritual rebellion." It explores key motifs of positive protest as "ordinary" self-actualizing adults describe what values motivate their quiet, responsible creation of the life they love. In this book, the author emphasizes "that the self-actualizing men and women interviewed:
- know, or at least sense, who they are at their most noble, essential core;
- know, or at least sense, what they value in the highest, most elegant terms."