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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (April 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601632150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601632159
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert V. Taylor is a nationally recognized leader, author, and sought after speaker who invests his life in helping individuals and organizations to realize their full human potential and impact in the world. Born and raised in South Africa, Robert saw firsthand the difference that could be made when oppressed people are given the freedom to discover their voices, trust their imaginations, and find the courage to be who they are. Robert continues to explore integrating personal spirituality and values-driven strategies with the question of how we each leave a footprint of compassion in the world--both at home and in the corporate marketplace. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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This book is entertaining as well as inspiring.
Taylor's own personal story, and the way he reflects on it to help others find meaning in their lives, is a powerful and inspiring combination.
It was a book that certainly transformed our lives, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Will E. on May 2, 2012
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What a great book! So often I find myself 'stuck' playing one or two notes, over and again, instead of playing the SONG of life--perhaps you can relate? In his book, A New Way to Be Human, Robert Taylor lovingly walks you through a process for self-examination and transformation--helping you to live life more fully and, dare I say, with a song in your heart. To me, his voice is authentic and compassionate--never preachy or clinical--and the wisdom he shares is extremely impactful. The ingredients are as you might imagine (examine your life-story without judgment, share and find connections with the people in your life, live in full awareness--observing 360 degrees instead of just the narrow path before you, discover the 'one-ness' shared by all humanity, etc., etc.), but the author's 'stepping stones' approach will guide you through a process for re-discovery and absorption of these ingredients into your daily life. The message is interwoven with interesting stories that illustrate and illuminate each lesson, while also making them infinitely relatable--helping you to recognize the invitations for incorporating each lesson into your own life. I've read a lot of what you might call 'self-help' but this book is special: you'll find a loving and practical life-coach in Robert Taylor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy J. Papadakos on April 23, 2012
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You know when a book arrives in your life totally in sync with your journey? That's my experience with "A New Way To be Human." I'm re-reading Louise Hay's masterpiece "You Can Heal Your Life." Whenever some physical ailment crops up, her book's revelations on how our mind creates illness & imbalance in our body always sets things aright.

And now, beautifully in sync with Louise Hay's work, comes Robert Taylor's spiritual guidance on releasing ourselves from the visible & invisible enclosures we create for ourselves. I find his book to be the perfect healing companion to Louise Hay's book.

I recommend this brilliant combination of books to all suffering from ailments in mind, body or spirit. They work great in meditation, offer authentic practices that heal and restore, and both provide gentle yet structured (and fun!) guidance on getting your ship back on course with full sails.

I'm finding joy in discovering new ways to be human. It's refreshing, releasing. Thank you, Robert Taylor, for sharing your story of courage and for reminding us of the unimaginable freedom & gifts awaiting each of us when we change from our old ways of being human.
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A New Way To Be Human: Seven Spiritual Pathways To Becoming Fully Alive by Robert V. Taylor explains that opening our hearts to love and compassion will enhance our humanity. This is the new way of being human which is in contrast to the old ways involving countless compromises and choices that limit or compartmentalize the process of life itself.

The story opens with a foreword by The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, and Nobelist of Cape Town. The foreword challenges us to explain our identity. There are three steppingstones in this process. The first is to share your story to reveal yourself and where you are headed. The second is to share your experiences with others. The third part is to engage others in order to connect your story outside the traditional comfort zone. A famous Tao saying recognizes that: "The journey is the reward." Jesus Christ said: "I will be with you always."

The concept of the self is quite complex. The Id is the unit of the psyche, residing in the unconscious, that is the source of instinctive impulses which crave satisfaction in accordance with expectations of pleasure. The ego and the superego are modifiers before the instinctive impulses are given expression overtly. Sigmund Freud said that: "Where Id was, there
ego shall be".

A New Way To Be Human challenges us to channel these instinctive impulses outside of our normal comfort zones and into the experiential domain of shared experiences with others within our periphery. The African concept of Ubuntu recognizes that each person exists within the context of others. Your own heart is enlarged, changed, and renewed iteratively when you connect to relatives in the human family. Buddha said that: "The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandy s on April 15, 2012
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I struggle with how to be who I am supposed to be and how I can achieve my greatest good. For many reasons, doing the right think in the right way is very important to me. Finding guidance is an everyday quest. A New Way To be Human is proving to be an excellent guide. The stepping stones for each pathway are written with love, insight and clarity. I will refer back to this book often and will recommend it to anyone who, like me, is searching for more joy and freedom in life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan on April 10, 2012
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This is a wonderful book. In A New Way To Be Human author Robert Taylor provides both an inspirational read and a timeless resource for those of us seeking to live more deeply into our values. This book is entertaining as well as inspiring. Each section includes suggestions for new practices to guide a reader who is looking for active pathways to follow. Having completed my first read of this book, I now plan to use it as part of my regular meditations.
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More About the Author

Robert V. Taylor has gone from facing prison, overcoming failed surgeries and being a groundbreaking gay leader to being a noted author, sought after speaker, commentator and activist for the disenfranchised.

Meet Robert V. Taylor:

Robert is a thought leader, speaker, author and teacher. A protégé of Desmond Tutu, Robert invites audiences to live into our full, authentic humanity. The risks, choice and fears he has responded to make his speaking and writing compellingly authentic.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Taylor was sent to the U.S. by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, in 1980 to avoid imprisonment for refusing to serve in the South African military.

There, Robert served in the New York City area as a clergy leader revitalizing a dying congregation, building a community service center and being at the forefront of responses to HIV/AIDS and homelessness.

Nineteen years later, he was elected to be Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, making him the first openly gay dean in the world. There he forged alliances with the corporate, not-for-profit and social service sectors as founding Chair of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County, Washington. He was referred to as the Buddhist Episcopalian because of his expansive inter-spiritual leadership.

Today, Robert is a speaker for corporate and professional groups. His university talks - on leadership and how to get along with your political foes -include MIT, UNC Chapel Hill, USF Tampa, The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Leadership, Seattle University and Stanford.

As a media commentator Robert's work is featured online at CNN, Huffington Post and Fox News. Print publications include the Washington Post, LA Weekly and more. He has appeared on national NPR programs and local radio stations nationwide. TV appearances include the nationally syndicated Daytime TV and local affiliates in LA, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, Phoenix and more.

He is Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York City.

He is a graduate of Rhodes University, South Africa and Union Theological Seminary, New York. Robert lives in Seattle and on a farm in rural Eastern Washington.

* A recent TEDx speaker, Robert discussed "positive disruption", saying disillusionment should be welcomed as an incubator of new thinking, renewed purpose and personal growth.
* Alongside Bill Ayer, CEO of Alaska Air Group, he worked with the Young Presidents Organization on the power of story to integrate their professional and personal lives.
* At Stanford University he spoke on how to cultivate compassion in our everyday lives as part of a series that included Eckhart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh.
* At master classes in LA for leaders in the high tech, social media and advertising sectors Robert engaged them on how extreme success comes from overcoming extreme fears and challenges.
* He has hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu in discussion about compassion.
* At MIT he spoke on how to lead in the midst of conflict and adversity.

A New Way to Be Human by Robert V. Taylor

Like his mentor, Desmond Tutu, Robert is no stranger to heartrending fear. But in his new book, A New Way to be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive, he shares how his choices allow him to move from fear into a life of enormous compassion and impact.

Part self-help and spiritual guidebook and part remarkable life story, A New Way to Be Human is divided into seven chapters or pathways ("Risky Invitations", "Hairpin Curves of Life" "At Home in Your Heart" etc.) with practical tools to guide the reader's journey. In addition to life-changing stories from Robert's life and those of others, readers learn to dig into the wisdom revealed in their own lives, break through personal difficulties and live as active participants in their life and the world.

A New Way to Be Human is a timely, generous and life-changing book that will resonate with fans of Deepak Chopra, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama and Eckhart Tolle. It beckons those who are ready to explore a new way to be human to live lives of well-being, compassion and greater connectedness.

Learn more at robertvtaylor.com.

Follow Robert at www.facebook.com/RVTAuthorSpeaker and on Twitter @robertvtaylor

Watch Robert's videos and talks on YouTube - RobertVTaylor1 Channel

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