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Dear Patrick: Life Is Tough--Here's Some Good Advice [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey M. Schwartz , Annie Gottlieb
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dear Patrick,

For five years I have been witness to your struggles to grow up without a father. As a family friend, I can't make that up to you. What I can do is stand by you, and teach you how to be the kind of man you wish your father had been ...

So begins the correspondence of two unlikely friends, Patrick Buckley, a sixteen-year-old New York City high schooler, and Jeffrey M. Schwartz, internationally renowned neuroscientist and the critically acclaimed author of Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain. Inspired by Patrick's straight forward questions, Schwartz examines the moral teachings of our greatest spiritual leaders -- Jesus, Buddha, and Moses -- and filters them through the lens of his cutting-edge psychiatric research, as well as his own experiences of childhood loneliness and loss. With fierce certainty and love, Schwartz provides Patrick with a blueprint for breaking free from the culture of corrosive cynicism that threatens to destroy him, and for constructing a decent, meaningful, and fulfilling life. The result is a fascinating and revolutionary new code for living born of a man and a boy who sought honor and self-command in a culture of self-indulgence.

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About the Author

Jeffrey M. Schwartz M.D. is an internationally-recognized authority on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and is the author of the bestseller Brain Lock. He is a Research Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5129 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZSHUN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 2, 2005
A really great book, and a great explanation as to why these ideas (from Buddha, Jesus, Moses) are so important to our lives. Though technology has reshaped our physical lives, human nature has not changed, and we still have the same basic desires.

I had the opportunity to meet the author and speak with him (and to thank him for writing this book), and was thoroughly impressed by his scope of knowledge on these subjects.

This is the best book I have read in years, and has significantly altered how I look at my own life (a wake-up call you could say), and has allowed me to better understand the shortfalls of modern culture. It has helped reignite and reinvigorate my interest in religion, and I am grateful for having read it in a thorough and focused (though we can all be more focused) manner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent & contemporary.... December 28, 2003
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I'm not sure how many people would share this view, but I've often faced events that have made me wonder about whether it would be fair to call it merely a coincidence. Will not get into that line of thought here (would take too long!), sufficient to say that finding this book was one of those.
For some years now, I've been thinking and wondering about what to make of what's happening in the world at large, and with the youth of today in particular. In a specific and selfish sense, this would come up in my mind in the statement 'what kind of world and life is my son going to have' - and he's just turned 6-years now!
Generation gaps, the adolescent crises, forming an adult identity, these have always existed as passages right from the dawn of man, I've gone thru' many of these myself, as part of growing, not so many years ago. But there seem to be many differences in what youngters seem to be facing today - and from the way they behave, the situation seems to be much, much worse than during my time.
Just some days back, I'd thought that I should start writing to my son - pretty much about experiences, thoughts, ideas, beliefs and so on, as much for me as for him. And then I go and stumble on this book, would you call that a coincidence? :)
Dr Shwartz has written well - he's taken positions, made provocative statements, used contemporary examples and his language is pretty much aligned to the youth of today. I'm tempted to level a charge that he's pretty much stayed in the shallows of human nature and the enormous destruction that we're all capable of and keep seeing. But even within this, he's navigated wisely - and wisdom is about understanding the receiver of the information and their ability to handle and process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tour de force August 21, 2004
Schwartz is a brilliant neuroscientist who here ranges far afield -- through Buddhism, Edmund Burke, Eliot, Moses and more -- with seamless erudition and not a trace of condescension as he teaches a troubled teenager some invaluable life lessons.
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