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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401943098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401943097
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a thought-provoking read you'll be thinking about long after you've finished the last chapter. Soul & Spirit --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tom Shadyac is the film director behind such blockbuster hits as Ace Venture: Pet Detective; The Nutty Professor; Liar, Liar; Patch Adams; and Bruce Almighty. A recent brush with death compelled Tom to make his latest film, I AM, a documentary that asks some of today’s most profound thinkers two questions: “What’s wrong with the world?” and “What can we do about it?”

 



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The book is very entertaining and enjoyable to read.
Vinette Davies
I highly encourage that you pick up this book if you do it with an open mind and open heart, thank you Mr. Shadyac!
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A fun read that at times will re-enforce things you already feel/think and leave you thinking.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on May 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is my review of Life's Operating Manual by Tom Shadyac. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.

Life's Operating Manual by Tom Shadyac is a book that rips away the veil and forces the reader to face the truth: that everything Western society believes - the Amercian Dream, the empty promises of money and success - is all a myth. A terrible myth that may very well be destroying us at the soul level.

After I finished Life's Operating Manual I felt as though I had just experienced something so incredibly profound. I don't know that my world view was necessarily shaken, but much of what I have becoming to know as truth on my own was painfully and wondrously validated. The author, however, leaves you with, after the knowing, what do you do about it?

If anybody is looking to find answers at the end of Life's Operating Manual they most likely will not find them. Instead, Tom Shadyac has posed questions, weaving them throughout. More than likely you will be filled with more questions than answers but, as the author points out, it is our path to make for ourselves. Nobody else can guide us on our own journey but us.

What I probably found most comforting was that he pointed out that it took him 10 to 15 years after the knowing to finally reach where he is today. It is a slow path to enlightenment.

The book itself is a relatively short, easy read broken out into chapters which include quotes, an expansion on Tom Shadyac's ideas, and dialogue between his own truth and fear. The author suggests that it is fear which keeps so many of us from knowing and acknowledging the truth.

I can't express enough how life changing this book truly is. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take a step further into their knowing of the truth about life.
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120 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Kyland S. Young on April 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am still amazed that this book of such incredible insight & perspective came from the writer/director of Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, and so many other comedies!

Tom Shadyac has written more than a book, but really a message that should be shared around the world!!! Every chapter, even those that present points I do not completely agree with, provide a message that makes you think about how you go about your own life, and how you affect the ppl & world around you! I am genuinely thankful for having the opportunity to read this book, and I think everyone should at least check it out!

Reading about the author, I am glad to see that he lives what he preaches, changing his life so drastically, and giving back to so many in so many ways on a regular basis! Not to mention the fact that he gets zero profit from this book and donates it all to charities from the Foundation for I Am, which I first heard about when I saw his documentary I Am.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Robin Landry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2013
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Tom Shadyac has written in intriguing book, built on a trauma that had him contemplating end his life. Questioning his very successful life as a directing and screenwriter, Shadyac doesn't feel the promised happiness that making it to the top in our society promised him.

Instead of numbing himself to the emptiness with any of today's drug and alcoholic escapes, Shadyac decided to look inside himself. Following the advice he saw in the writings of those special savants down through the ages, everyone from Jesus to Ralph Waldo Emerson, and his friend, Morgan Freeman.

Chapter by chapter, with the wise sayings of our elder brothers and sister, Shadyac explores the idea that it's our world that's broken, not us. We are trapped in a world that goes against Nature, and therefore it goes against the laws of the Divine, which means that our worldly laws can only fail. And make us sick in the meanwhile.

Shadyac expounds on the idea that our news is filled with the darker side of life because it's actually foreign to our nature, something I hadn't really thought about before. We find it titillating because it's out of the norm and against our nature, just as we all slow down to see an accident on the road because it's out of the norm.

We certainly aren't amazed and ready to sit down to watch reports on the news of the traffic going perfectly and everyone doing the right thing, because it's what we expect.

According to what Shadyac learned through reading the works of the big thinkers, is that humans are hardwired to be kind and cooperate with each other because any organism in nature that doesn't work for the good of all, will soon kill the organism.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Kalhagen on May 26, 2013
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Really enjoy this publication! Lots of wisdom here for our lives. Really appreciate what Tom Shadyac is offering to the world.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andy Nieradko on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
You definitely want to read this book. Life's Operating Manual is so engaging I read it in one sitting. I'm finding it hard not to gush over this one, it really grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Mr. Shadyac makes an incredible argument that competition is not our natural state. If we were hardwired for fighting, then he points out, our systems would flourish under those conditions. Of course the opposite is true, and stress is the number one killer of modern man. We never truly own anything, so why do we strive so hard to get more and more? To lead a simpler, more compassionate life makes a lot more sense than the direction most of us are heading. The fear/truth dialogue technique at the end of each chapter is pretty darn cool. It's an amazing way of taking each idea further, and bouncing it back and forth, while viewing it from every possible angle. I first heard of Tom Shadyac when he was a guest on my favorite internet radio show, Whitley Strieber's Dreamland (http://www.unknowncountry.com). That interview led me to see his film "I Am", which was absolutely brilliant. This book goes much deeper into his philosophy, and his amazing story of how he went from directing blockbuster motion pictures to finding true happiness. Even though I have slightly differing views on God and "The Secret", I have to say this book blew me away. I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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