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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Thus. edition (October 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684839229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684839226
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Crum, a motivational speaker involved with corporate retreats, discusses "centering" as a practical tool for aligning the body, mind, and spirit toward an increased sense of vitality, purpose, mental calm, and physical alertness. Drawing on his experience as an instructor of the martial art aikido, Crum offers visualization and meditative exercises to help achieve a centered state. A well-written book geared for a wide audience, but of special interest to athletes, businesspeople, and anyone interested in a spiritual approach to peak performance.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

Tom Crum has led, well, an interesting life. He taught mathematics, worked in business, established a Martial Arts school, co-founded the Windstar Foundation with singer John Denver, and founded Aiki Works, a company which provides motivational speaking, workshops, publications and other services to aid people in their becoming more effective, happier, more centered humans. Tom is also a successful author, having published The Magic of Conflict several years ago. Tom's newest book, Journey to Center, has just been released. Let me tell you, it's a gem.

In his second major book, Tom writes about centering. What, you may ask is centering? Tom says: "Centering is not an abstract term, but rather a practical tool available to all of us. We each have the ability to unify body, mind and spirit in a manner which will make us more relaxed, energized, and integrated than ever before. We can release stress rather than acquire it."

This book helps show the way to a more centered state. If Tom's first book was a how-to on centering and other concepts, this book is the user's manual. With great humor, self-deprecating and otherwise, Tom explains how life's pressures can cause us to become uncentered. More importantly, he teaches how to find center again. That doesn't mean we ignore life's problems, nor do we deny their importance. But it is truly up to us as to how we react, and how we can "turn a life of work into a work of art."

Even if you are always perfectly centered, and can easily handle the slowest checkout line or the rudest co-worker (or in Tom's case, the nearby wild elephant), you will enjoy this book. Tom teaches without seeming to teach. Journey to Center is filled with wonderful stories of uncentered moments, both his own and other folks'. We learn with Tom the lesson of attachment taught by a young Monk and an old (but well-toothed) monkey in Thailand. We see powerful lessons in centering taught by the Dalai Lama when he and Tom co-lead a workshop. Tom tells touching stories of friends who taught him powerful lessons by facing death with centered and calm temperaments. The book contains several stories of how Tom has dealt with some unusual problems by functioning from center, including the gentleman who rode his mules into Aspen in tribute to his certainty that John Denver was actually John the Baptist. We learn what really went on when Tom took his then 14-year-old son out of school for a year and traveled around the globe as a team. Jungles, beaches, mountains, and a whole heck of a lot of golf courses all played roles in teaching Tom, who now helps to teach us through this terrific book. -- Major Hal Bidlack, Windstar Journal, Fall 1997


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This is a great inspirational book, but it's funny as well.
Randy LeJeune
It is merely the best way I have ever found to begin my journey through life.
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His style of writing is completely accessible while beautifully expressed.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By sandandscales@yahoo.com on October 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Due to various emotional baggage and lack of the skills needed to advance myself, I have been unable, until now, to use any of the plethora of self-help methods from any other book. My skill in concentration was non-existant. I walked around every single day with a humongous knot of anxiety in my gut. This book has literally changed all that. It is not the magic save-all. It is merely the best way I have ever found to begin my journey through life. It is now the basis for everything I do. To those who read it: Read it through at least once. Try it. Then augment it with other techniques and advancement methods. Just don't stop and always stay centered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
Journey to Center is about Tom Crum's trip through life, with highs and lows. He writes about his experiences with Monks, elephants, civl wars, and more. His stories teach, inspire, and make you laugh. A remarkable book for its charm, elegance, and warmth
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
Journey to Center was probably a great book for me because I had the chance to actually meet the writer. And to know the writer and then read his book, gives a more deeper understanding and meaning to what is being said. Journey to Center is funny, moving, and can be very emotional at times. Thomas Crum is a great writer, one who talks to you through his books, not just write to you. It was very inspirational. One of my favorites!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kimmel on February 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Through a unique style of inspirational story telling, Thomas Crum generously offers some essential tools that help us live with greater peace, productivity, and most importantly, joy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Randy LeJeune on October 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great inspirational book, but it's funny as well. The author is self-effacing and never misses a chance to poke fun at himself, which seems to show that the lessons that he speaks of have been well-learned. He writes like a lay-Buddhist.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Lots of gems in this simple but thoughtful book. If stories are what speak most strongly to you, you'll really enjoy Mr. Crum's ability to turn his experiences into a tale well told. I've come back to it several times over the years, and have found many occasions over the years where a thought or story from this book came in handy.
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