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Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter Paperback – January 7, 2003
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Ken Blanchard coauthor, The One Minute Manager and Whale Done! With its timeless message for people of all ages, this book is going to become a classic. It should be in every home in America.
Stephen R. Covey author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People A tremendously enriching book full of classic wisdom to live by.
Mel Levine, M.D. author of A Mind at a Time This book can help all of us assemble our priorities.
Thomas Lickona author of Educating for Character A great book about character for kids, teachers, and parents!
Laurie Beth Jones author of Jesus, CEO; The Path; and Teach Your Team to Fish Hal Urban has put into bite-size pieces some of life's most important truths. Read, learn, and enjoy!
Pat Croce author of I Feel Great and You Will Too! and 110% Life's Greatest Lessons helps to unlock your mind to a treasure chest of life's opportunities and possibilities.
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I have given away at least five copies to family and friends!
It was awarded Best Inspirational Book of the Year 2000 by Writer's Digest Magazine.
I have donated a few select books that have been added to my local Public Library. This is by far the best inspirational and motivational book I have read so far. It contains the wisdom of the ages and essential life truths.
A few of the books I have donated are: HOW TO SUCCEED IN LIFE: Ideas and Principles They Don't Teach in School by Ned Grossman, MASTER SUCCESS: Create a Life of Purpose, Passion, Peace and Prosperity by Bill FitzPatrick, a local author from Natick, MA, FREEDOM FROM FEAR: Learn How to Live Life to the Fullest by Mark Matteson, The story of one man's discovery of simple truths that lead to wealth, joy and peace of mind, and I DARE YOU By William H. Danforth.
I highly recommend Life's Greatest Lessons, as it teaches the wisdom of the ages. This book is so wonderful, that after I finished it, I went back and re-read it again. Periodically, I will reread certain chapters again. I am very select in what I choose to donate to the library. I am donating it to the library so it can benefit the most people possible. This book on character education is a topic not normally taught in schools. It is an "owner's manual for a happy and successful life." It describes in a simple easy to understand manner, common-sense life skills that can be applied immediately to enhance and enrich anyone's life.
But two of his starting points don't quite align with mine. First of all, let's look at the "Attitude is a Choice" chapter. He says we have "the ability to choose our own attitude in any given set of circumstances." To some extent, this can be useful. And he's realistic about the "positive thinking" movement, clarifying that he doesn't just mean wishful thinking, but instead "constructive thinking." Still, after having read Ehrenreich's Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America and Gore's Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness, I'm less inclined to believe that this attitude-changing approach is altogether wholesome. Experiencing the full range of human emotion is part of life, and even if Urban allows for some of it, it's incomplete. "People who succeed in life don't *think* they can, they *believe* they can," he says, and while he grants that this belief must come from a solid foundation, it still seems to place blame on people who just don't believe in themselves enough. So that's Misleading Starting Point #1: a spin-off of "positive thinking" as a tool for success.
Secondly, he's coming from a Judeo-Christian perspective. I actually flipped to his recommended books and saw that "Mere Christianity" is #2, so this wasn't my imagination.Read more ›
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Great book. More people should read it in high school. Might save them from bad decisionsPublished 5 days ago by R. Estrada
Low level teachings. This could be a beginner book for someone who wanted to have a better attitude, but I was disappointed at how common sense this advice is.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
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While nothing especially new, what a nice read and reminder of how to live a quality life.Published 3 months ago by Edith Grace
Hal Urban's insights to many approaches to life and living are worth sharing with many. I highly recommend Life's Greatest Lessons.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book which reflects the values of what all families/parents etc wish people can be & know, wisdom of the ages. Love it, Hal Urban is messenger of the Lord/Source.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer