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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dagali Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971216509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971216501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... guides you through stressful times with practical suggestions and reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring." -- Nikki Collins-Queen -Author of Earth, The Forgotten Temple

"Dan Johnston manages to simplify his wisdom in such a way that change and recovery seem possible and rewarding. Bravo!" -- Portia Nelson -Author of There's a Hole in My Sidewalk

"Simple, practical, and powerful lessons on the importance of attitude, responsibility, and choice in shaping our lives." -- Robert A. Johnson -Author of He, She, and Owning Your Own Shadow

About the Author

Dan Johnston, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the former Director of psychological Services at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. He currently serves on the faculty of the Mercer University School of Medicine. Over the past twenty-five years Dr. Johnston has taught self-help skills to thousands of people. He is the creator of the popular Awakenings Web Site.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Esprit on August 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
There are many reasons for having this book but let me relate to you what only two chapters did for me:
Gradually I became stressed. I found it hard to concentrate on anything, even the things I once enjoyed -- Even watching a movie became a task. I was too tense to concentrate, which made it hard to remember anything. I avoided people because even talking became stressful. I became so tense at times that I had difficulty breathing.
Then I got this book.
The muscle relaxation exercise showed me that all of the above symptoms were due to tense muscles brought on by stress. Afterwards I felt wonderfully calm and at peace with the world.
Following the advice on meditation brought about a simultaneous supreme calmness and sharp-thinking alertness (My brainwaves had gone from high beta to alpha). Once, my concentration increased so dramatically after the meditation that I felt mentally invincible. Of course, the effect only lasted that night but I experienced a similar effect on repeating the mediation. It basically quietens your chattering mind, and reduces 'noise on the brain'.
The incessant chatter on the brain stops. No longer caught up in your thoughts, you are left more in the moment, and notice the world isn't all that complicated after all. Peace follows.
I can't _stress_ enough how vital this book is for conquering tension, stress, and emotional unrest.
Get it for yourself and feel much better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roz Goudeau on April 23, 2002
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Lessons for Living is a exceptionally well-written book offering simple, practical and usable suggestions for living a happier and more fulfilling life. The book has helped me personally, offering new perspectives on situations in my life that were troublesome. As a therapist, I often recommend Johnston's book to my clients and have used it as a text in several group therapy settings. Every single client has given positive feedback on how the book has helped them see problems in a new light as well as provide easy to follow exercises to aid them in making changes in their lives. The book's best feature is the many strategies for tackling long-standing habits that negatively impact our lives. I highly recommend Lessons for Living . . . for everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. David C. Johnson on October 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
The subtitle of this book gives the reader insight into the meat of Dan text. Dan gives simple solutions to life's complex problems. In a format that is designed for a daily thought or meditation the author gifts us with the paradox of the complexity of simplicity. His book is divided into three sections of lessons: remembering, coping, and growing. He invites his readers through the use of quotes, personal stories, metaphors, and illustrations to move toward health and wholeness. All perfectionist would be assisted by his illustration of being on auto-pilot and anyone in the helping profession would resonate with his story about mind storms. I would recommend this book to my clients, colleagues and Sunday school class members.
David C. Johnson
Pastoral Counselor
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Elkins on September 13, 2001
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What I love most about Dan's book is the variety of ways he maps out for us to learn lessons in our lives. I have found in my own life I need different tools for different problems as the same tool does not always work for all problems. When I find my self perplexed with a major problem or concern it is comforting to know there is, what I call, my resource guide ("Lessons for Living: Simple Solutions for Life's Problems") to turn to for help in finding a tool to open the door to my enlightenment & my need for peace. I find Dan's awareness of our differences therefore our different needs for healing to be refreshing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry McConnell on September 9, 2001
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This one is a gem! All of my family and friends will get this one for Christmas. I wish I had been able to read this one years ago ... it would have made my own path much easier. The lessons taught are great and on the mark for me. He is able to simplify some of the most important lessons we all must learn in order to progress as human beings. Thanks Dan ... It is a wonderful book.
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