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Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao Paperback – January 1, 2009
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About the Author
Affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was an internationally renowned author, speaker, and pioneer in the field of self-development. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (21 of which became New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos, and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, Excuses Begone!, Wishes Fulfilled, and I Can See Clearly Now were all featured as National Public Television specials.
Wayne held a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University, had been an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York, and honored a lifetime commitment to learning and finding the Higher Self. In 2015, he left his body, returning to Infinite Source to embark on his next adventure.
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This book is very inspiring, it reviews each chapter of the Tao in only 2-3 pages. Short, concise and easy to understand. Loved the book, still studying daily.
Having given the praise, I want to caveat the book by noting that if you are a Taoist scholar (I am not, though I studied it some nearly a decade ago), Dr. Dyer's book will read like a Children's Bible or New Age Christianity to the traditional Christian. The interpretations are very modern, Western and organic. The practices are relatively simple, and the lessons somewhat superficial. That doesn't diminish their value to the average reader, but this isn't a Taoist text in any traditional sense.
An interesting format and interpretation of the Tao for the modern American self-help reader.
Overall, I liked the book. It starts out with some introductory material, then presents each of the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching with an interpretation and a suggested application. There is an Epilogue which is a VERY worthwhile read - please do not skip it as it puts the whole book into perspective. I read only one of the 81 sections per day to allow time to digest what I read which is probably the best way to handle getting through the book.
Personally, I thought that the concepts presented relating to allowing and accepting things as they come up in life (the recent TV commercial for that cereal showing the surfer going with the wave and not fighting it comes to mind) and being less concerned about amassing material possessions are things to give some serious thought to adopting, at least to some extent. However, there seemed to be too much emphasis on taking a passive/going with the flow stance for my taste; bending like a palm tree when there is a hurricane seems the way to go, but the book suggested going MUCH further than this which I find questionable. These suggestions to passivity went on and on in a long section of the book which made me a little glad that I got to the end. Maybe I am just too Western for this (or just missed the point). Readers will have to decide this one for themselves.
I did like Mr. Dyer's book, The Power of Intention, and do enjoy watching him on TV. I recommend both - maybe a little more than the book reviewed here actually.