10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2002
In his relatively short book(159 pages),Marcus Bach packs a surprising amount of information about his theme: "Unsought, unpredictable, valuable things can happen to you"(from the cover).
Each chapter is short, and therefore easily digestible. Themes covered include the credibility of the incredible,why did what happen, happen? and the fate makers(to name a few).
The author's passion for his subject is evident. My favorite passage in the book:
Apocatastasis: The serendipitous secret that in every seed of seeming tragedy is hidden the fruit of glory and reward. I call it "The Feed-Forward Formula," which is to say that in a moment of despair or seemingly irreversible circumstances we should send our thoughts on a shaft of faith into the tomorrow where the full meaning of today becomes apparent.
His anecdotes cover the lives of many people,known and unknown,from Sir Horace Walpole to his own aunt. Marcus Bach's picture on the back of the book shows his glinting eyes smiling with the secret he's trying to relate. If you read the clipboard that he's holding, you'll notice he has written Serendipity on it! I would read this book in a public area, and wait for the unexpected.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2005
I have had a number of serendipitous events in my life which I could never explain and which make no sense whatsoever from a logical standpoint. Therefore, finding a book which addresses this magic in life was a validation of sorts for me personally. Dr. Bach explores this subject in a gentle way. He does not ascribe serendipity to anything other than the way life actually works. Once you are aware of this phenonema you will look at these events as being a natural part of what your life is supposed to be - and become. It also is quite fun to open yourself to accepting serendipity. I plan to read other books by this author as he has a knack for explaining concepts which never talks down to the reader but instead allows one to pause to think and say, "Yes, that IS what I have observed!" Also, this is a good book to keep with you while you stand in line waiting at the bank, etc. because the chapters are short and people are invariably interested in the topic and, who knows, maybe meeting one of them will be serendipitous for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
While this was written in the 70s it certainly applies to life as we live it today. It is a positive way of looking at unexpected happenings in our everyday life. I like to randomly pick a page and read it and it never fails to brighten my day.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2015
Marcus Back was a friend and mentor, most of all he was a warm, kind, honorable gentlemen. He wrote many books during his long life
as a writer; but this book remains his greatest legacy. Take a chapter a day, read slowly and with an open heart. It can only bless you and never harm. It is the definitive book on the magic joy of Serendipity.
Michael Paul Lund
Author: Quiet Thoughts For Noisy World