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We just published, The Line: A very short, short story. It's only 25 pages and is filled with what we think are thought-provoking illustrations. It will likely feel like a children's book when you read it and that's okay. Most children's books make both children and adults feel good and usually have a decent message to convey. We wrote the book for adults with that in mind. We do hope you like it.  Note: You may have to play around with the font a bit to optimize the illustrations on your device.
Dave, Jim, and Daphne

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  • File Size: 24898 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Enso Books (December 12, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019BILH7Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,167 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Way too late in life I realized:

1. The way I see and be in the world is a choice...and it matters
2. We're all in this journey through life together and the quality of my experience increases as the quality of the experiences of others increases

All of my teaching (I am a professor of management at the United States Air Force Academy) and writing aims to enrich the quality of our lives.

Since so much of our conscious lives are spent at work, I spend a lot of my time trying to make our work experiences better. I base this work on three points:

1. Organizations are amazingly complex
2. Effective people adapt to the complexity
3. Reflection helps

I've co-authored a "Thinking Deeply About" series of books addressing these ideas:

The 52nd Floor: Thinking Deeply About Leadership
Echoes of Mind: Thinking Deeply About Humanship
Attitudes Aren't Free: Thinking Deeply About Diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces

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This book is a wonderful source of opportunity. It allows the reader to think meaningfully about their personal choices and how those choices impact those around the reader. We are all part of the system of life, and our acceptance of our personal responsibility for our actions has the potential for considerable impact on another person, a group of people, or the world - we have the power to make choices, we have the power to affect other people in a meaningful way. This book is simple, but profound! Don't miss the opportunity to read a wonderful, insightful book.
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I was fortunate to see "The Line" presented by one of the authors in a thought provoking symposium. The book allows a skilled facilitator to explore metaphors and analogies with deep meaning and impact. In the symposium I attended, I heard comments relating "The Line" to life, careers, scholarship, and raising a family. The illustrations are especially well done and create the context for extended and very meaningful discussions inspired by the minimalist text.
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I stumbled upon this Kindle download while searching for books about queuing theory, (that's not what it is about!). It was being promoted at an irresistible price, so I was curious and downloaded it. As the subtitle says, it is a "very short, short story". That may be the understatement of the year... This book is just a few pages long. It's very much like a children's book, but it is clearly intended for adults. It stimulates contemplative reflection on the meaning of your life and all of your social interactions.

At the end there is an essay by the author that coalesces the various metaphysical concepts that this book is really trying to convey. The essay asks you to think on philosophical questions. This stimulates even deeper thought.

You might also enjoy reading "The Line" literally as a children's bedtime storybook together with your young inquisitive daughter or son. Children are, of course, indoctrinated into queuing up -- it starts from preschool onward. So, the "stand in line" metaphor will probably resonate at any age! As a bedtime read, this will very likely spark an interesting parent-child conversation.
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It's easy to over-complicate some of the most important questions in our lives. Possibly more than any other, the question "Why am I here?" (and by extension, our answers to this question) become endlessly tangled up in culturally-defined ideas from religion, philosophy, ethics, politics, and the like. Taking a step back, it almost looks as though we really don't want the answer, but rather, we want to form and reform both the question and our answers in our own image, again and again. If, for clarity's sake, you've ever considered trying to distance yourself from all of the noise surrounding this question, this little book is an excellent place to start. The authors' stripped down observations and commentary on life are presented in as simple an allegory as you'll ever find, yet the resulting story is a powerful tool with which to (re)examine this fundamental question.
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Does the line have a goal? We do not know. There is only one way to find out - reach the end of your line. I absolutely love the connection that this simply concept has with all aspects of our lives. We know that eventually we will all reach the end of the line and figure out what happens then. What is more important is to live life to its fullest as you connect with every person you come in contact with along that line and understand how that connection impacts you, and them, and everyone else. A stunning message for a simply book. It makes you think about yourself and life in ways that very few books do. Excellent work by these authors...AND illustrator!
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I had the pleasure of being present in Denver when Dr. Levy debuted this book and his masterful storytelling captivated the audience from his introduction. While it is a "short, short read", his meaning is timeless and will have you considering the deeply ecumenical and philosophical implications of humanship. Dr. Levy teaches in minutes what zen masters take a lifetime to fully realize: we are all interconnected through the shared experience of life. Our actions have a ripple effect across the space we inhabit and the people we encounter.
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As a counselor, parent and aging human, I find that attempting to educate has become less about saying different things and more about saying things differently. Finding a way to help people connect with and frame not just what I'm saying but, more often than not, truths they already know tends to be the undertaking. Personally, I seem to connect with simple metaphors, parables and visuals. Thus, the five stars for this book 🙏🏻
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This Kafkaesque tail is a powerful metaphor needed in these times where many lines are drawn with no recourse to cross or to even entertain a line outside of one's own exists. In a few pages the authors nail the core issues that drive us to conflict or collaboration, crisis or opportunity, all in the quest to rediscover our human-ness. I highly recommend The Line as a teaching tool for all ages.
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