Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: Manual For Living: Connection by Seth David Chernoff

Manual For Living: CONNECTION, A User's Guide to the Meaning of LifeCONNECTION, the second book in the Manual For Living series, is a thought-provoking, soulful inquiry. Author Seth David Chernoff guides us through a series of questions, asking why we think what we think and do what we do - in relationship to our own life, others in our immediate environment, and humanity at large. Written in easy to understand language with contemporary, practical examples, Connection shows us that our life is much grander than our circumstances; it is a gift filled with choices. In these pages we come to see others and ourselves through the lens of compassion and oneness. These concepts help us eliminate pain and victim mentality. By choosing full engagement in the present moment, denial, excuses and regrets naturally drop away. The process requires only an open mind and open heart. The information presented steers each of us toward an inner compass and unique path to view life's challenges in a new way. Connection is for anyone seeking out higher purpose and deeply satisfying relationships.

Received from the publicist for review.

This one gets four stars.  It continues in the thoughtful and well written footsteps of the author's first book and contributes additional valuable insights into life.

The author has a clear, friendly writing style which makes the book genuinely enjoyable to read.  Each section (Connection, Communicate, Disagreement, etc.) is separated into smaller "chapters" of under five pages each which makes for incredibly easy reading.  They are sized just perfectly to provide an educational "snack" when you have just a few minutes to read.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book were:
  • We should not focus on forcing others to become who we want them to be, but on becoming the person we know ourselves to be.
  • We cannot control another's actions, only our reactions to them, which is where our true power and freedom exists.
  • There is an opportunity for learning and growth in every connection, in every moment.
I highly recommend this to those who enjoy reading self-improvement materials as another resource to help you in your journey of knowledge and I look forward to future releases from the author.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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