“12 Rules for Life” – A discussion group series on Jordan Peterson’s book

In “12 Rules for Life”, Peterson has written a guide for people to intelligently navigate through life.  What is particularly interesting about the ‘rules’ is that Peterson draws on scriptural references and actively calls on the reader to create an ethical framework for their life – to embrace the opportunity to take responsibility and in the process develop a ‘spiritual core’ which can be drawn on through life’s ups and downs.

The book examines the being that is God and the being that is ‘us;’ Peterson looks at goodness and truth and contrasts these fundamentals with what we have now come to accept as cultural norms.

In this discussion group series, we will have the opportunity to reflect on key ideas from ‘12 Rules for Life’ and look at our own lives, beliefs and start to grasp ideas around the nature of existence itself.

Each group discussion has a theme allowing us to build on things discussed in the previous one:

1: The death of God           

2: Freedom to live in positivity or negativity

3: Divine revelation – is the Bible true or just a myth?

4: Good and evil                    

5: Does everything need to make sense before we believe in it?

6: Truth and lies – why telling the truth matters

About the author of ‘12 Rules for Life’

Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief.

Throughout ‘12 Rules for Life’ Peterson draws many illustrations from the Bible which he describes as follows:

The Bible is a series of books written, edited and assembled over thousands of years. It contains the most influential stories of mankind. Knowledge of those stories is essential to a deep understanding of Western culture, which is in turn vital to proper psychological health (as human beings are cultural animals) and societal stability. These stories are neither history, as we commonly conceive it, nor empirical science. Instead, they are investigations into the structure of Being itself and as calls to action within that Being they have deep psychological significance.

Venue   Purley Chase Centre, Purley Chase Lane, Mancetter, Atherstone, Warwicks, CV9 2RQ Tel 01827 712370

Directions Take the A5 from the M6 or M42 towards Nuneaton. After Atherstone turn right off the large roundabout onto the B4111 towards the small village of Mancetter (¼ mile). Turn right in Mancetter just past Mancetter Church – this turning is signed to Ridge Lane. Over traffic-light controlled canal bridge, follow road round to right signed Steppey Lane, up the hill through an archway of trees, and the Centre is on your right after ¼ mile.

If travelling by public transport, see details on the web site or ring the Centre for advice.


7pm Monday 15th July

7pm Monday 12th August

7pm Monday 9th September

7pm Monday 14th October

7pm Monday 11th November

7pm Monday 9th December

Leaders Alison Southcombe and Stephen Russell-Lacy

Alison is Programme Director at Purley Chase and includes within her ministry group art and creative projects, working with young people in the natural environment at Purley and leading a small group that meet together to sing Taizé and enjoy the contemplative tradition.

Stephen is a clinical psychologist, writer and teacher applying Swedenborgian and related ideas to everyday life.

Booking   The series of meetings is free. Attenders may wish to make a donation to cover hot drinks and biscuits. You can book to come either:

2 thoughts on ““12 Rules for Life” – A discussion group series on Jordan Peterson’s book”

  1. I’m contacting you from Canada, a clinical social worker with a doctorate in psychology. Jordan Peterson, I would suggest, is one of the more misunderstood figures in our times and is a tremendous mouthpiece for values that emanate from the Judeo-Christian tradition.

    Breaking my ankle this winter was no fun, but it did give me an opportunity to be useful. I have written “Maps of Meaning: A Practical Summary & Workbook for Using Jordan Peterson’s Insights to Sort Yourself out,” which is an e-book that is available for free as a download from Amazon today until Friday. Group members can search under my name, Annette Poizner, and will see the price listed as zero dollars. the book is written with a spiritual orientation.

    I’m inviting input and feedback because I will be tweaking and improving. It definitely takes a village to capture the richness of this work! I will continue to post updates and new thoughts on the Facebook page for the book:


    I’m letting you know in case any members of your discussion group have struggled to make sense of Peterson’s most difficult text, “Maps of Meaning.” If so, I believe this resource will be of assistance.

    Annette Poizner, MSW, Ed.D., RSW

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