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Four-Word Self-Help: Simple Wisdom For Complex Lives Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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So read it. Inhabit it. Breathe in every word, because every word of this book is essential. Let it animate you. Annotate it to make it your own. And then let it let you change yourself, and become who you were intended to be. Begin now. You have no time to lose."
--- Dave Pollard, author of The Natural Entrepreneur, and the weblog How to Save the World
"Patti’s guide for the last 37 days of life will turn every one of your next 3700 days a fully lived experience. If you had some unsolved fear for death, that would be your season ticket to have a free ride on the train with the author. I have never seen such a simultaneously practical, esthetic and soul-caressing book in my life."
--Kichiro Hayashi, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
"I laughed. I cried. I want the t-shirt! Seriously, Life is a Verb may well be the single book that will change the world or maybe only your life . . . Artful, funny, heart-breaking, Digh reminds us that today isn't a dress rehearsal and we can start today celebrating the magic of ordinary life. Reading Life is a Verb is like mainlining goodness. Digh shows us what is real and what matters, and she gives us insiders tips on how to make minuscule life corrections that result in quantum shifts in experience. She reminds us that life can easily be fun. This will surely be the last self-help book you will ever need or want to read."
--Patricia Ryan Madson, Stanford Emerita, author of Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up
--Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative
From the Back Cover
Four-Word Self-Help is a pithy nod to the fact that life is simpler than we try to make it. Author Patti Digh gives truisms for most of our woes in four well-chosen words, taking the issues of our busy, burdened days and proving that rather than “solving” a complexity with another complexity, the answer may well lie in simple actions.
Twelve hot-button “issues” are addressed: Community, Love, Stress, Travel, Soul, Wellness, Success, Green, Activism, Children, Generosity, and Endings. Each concise nugget of advice, 101 in all, has been illustrated with sumptuous original art from around the world by readers of the author’s blog, 37days.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I received my book today and read it tonight, eager to enjoy this latest gem from Patti Digh, author of the wonderful blog 37days.com. It is filled with wise sayings of only four words each, reflecting her attempts to simplify her life, to distill her life to its precious essence. Some of my favorite four-word sayings from the book are: "Create your own tribe", "Let yourself be beloved", "Give up itchy clothes", "Protect each other's dignity", and "Live like you're dying". There are 101 in all.
Decorated with spectacular artwork from readers of the author's blog, this is a beautiful little book to read and treasure or to give to someone to bless their life. It includes inspiration to create your own four-word words of wisdom, too!
That's not all though--the book is interspersed with poignant stories, precious stories elaborating on some of the four-word sayings that highlight central values in a well-lived life.
Although it is a quick read, the message of this book stays with you a long time. It can be (and will be, in my case) read over and over again to bring love and beauty into your life.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this book missed the mark for me. It felt a little too simplistic --- which I guess is its purpose.... but: 'drink your coffee black', 'wear only solid clothing', and 'say what you can't'.... well, they didn't resonate.
Having said that, there were elements I DID like... overall I liked the 4 word concept, but what would have made it more meaningful for me would be to dive a little deeper.... for instance, the above mentioned 'way what you can't'... ideas or suggestions for being able to make that happen would be helpful.
I also liked the sectionon generosity.
Overall an interesting concept that could be further developed.
This is a very short book with few words but lots of things to think about. It also has some very nice drawings that she got from various places and followers. It was a worthwhile read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Think about new changes - that is my four word phrase for today. But I also decided the best I've ever heard in my life has to be "Live long and prosper" and I never knew... Read morePublished 9 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
I've had this book for years. Among all the self help books and gurus I've read/encountered, this one is the best. I open it randomly and there's my message for the day. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carolynn W.
expected something more and better after her previous books "life is a verb" and " creative is a verb". Read morePublished 15 months ago by hummingbird
Loved the simplicity of the book. The messages are profound, I found myself doing this and came up with two pages of new ones. I teach creativity and this is a great activity.Published 19 months ago by Rae Luskin
I think I've bought this little book four times already…..I keep lending it or giving it away and then having to repurchase it for my own bookshelf! Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Heather Smeding
Great product! It made me smile I liked it so much I think I cried when it arrived!! Simply AWESOME!Published on February 9, 2013 by Heather Hambrecht
I ordered this book along with a couple of others in the same order. To be fair, this is not the book I received. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by StoryWatcher