There is an interesting combination of Ayn Rand philosophy and Buddhist beliefs. Examples include: "All attachment to desire or fear is suffering" (Buddhism) while "Marriage is a function of becoming slaves to our desire for pleasure and fear of pain" or "We should not allow society to govern our thinking because that's not free thinking" is pure Ayn Rand. Likewise, it focuses on the intellect as superior to feelings instead of a dialectical concept of both intellect and feelings. The exception to the problem of feelings is that of happiness, the one true feeling. This is shown in these axioms: "We are led by our emotions or we lead by our thinking" and "What we feel is not important, but what we think is."
No matter how one views this work, it's easy to see that the author writes with conviction about his beliefs, even if at times it seems as if the work contradicts itself. But these contradictions can be an excellent way to work through one's own convictions and possibly grow with such exploration. The US Review of Books, Carol Anderson, D.Min., ACSW, LMSW
Life isn't a race, and neither is reading this book. Readers who choose just a few axioms a day and take the time to reflect on them will find the many words of wisdom not only resonate but offer direction that embraces spirituality, psychology, and social considerations.
It's taken Byer half a life to identify and rid that life of what is meaningless. Readers on the road to true happiness now have a map offering clues of what those distractions may be and how to stay true to a journey that might take a few less years, thanks to this collection.
New age and inspirational readers will be the best audiences for Byer's works; particularly those who decide to take the time to absorb so much wisdom - the work of a lifetime - without haste, cognizant of the idea that a new way of thinking, viewing, and living life could be the reward for a careful pursuit of Happiness is Chosen Wisely. Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer