Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Review: Manual for Living by David Chernoff

The Manual for Living is a users guide to the meaning of life. Realize the basic truths to life and evolution, pearls of wisdom, to guide us in coexisting with the universe and our greater communities. A practical guide to the hidden truths in life in order to understand why we do what we do and live the way we live. Understand the game of life and the role we play as individuals, as spiritual beings, and as contributors of service to the greater good of humankind. Discover answers to life's most troubling questions and for the meaning behind our eternal search. A spiritual journey into the realities of our communities and our lives, individually and collectively. A guidebook to life, family, and to being of service at all times while seeking balance in this eternally overwhelming world in which we live.

Received from the publisher for review.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book were:

The ultimate paradox of our lives is that we are all trying to accomplish more in less time in order to obtain more free time, which we often use to do even less.

Every moment is an opportunity for greatness, to make the changes that will bring us greater happiness and fulfillment.

The book is organized in several sections (Death, Time, Illness, Fear, Environment, Reality, Physicality, Finance, Accumulation, Change, Simplicity, Balance, Happiness, Present Moment, Peace, Amazing Life) with lovely highlighted passages throughout.

This one gets four stars. While I didn't agree with everything the author presented I genuinely found the material educational and inspiring. The author's suggestion to simply open the book at will and read proved to be quite inspired. Everyone should be able to find at least one section of the book that calls to him or her. This is definitely recommended for the spiritually inclined.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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