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What am I supposed to be doing with my life? That's probably the most asked question in the world of New Age. Berman claims to have the answer:  stop doubting yourself and live in the moment, like a fruit fly. His cut-to-the-chase syle and chatty tone make this an easy read. Like he says, we already know the things he's telling us, but his says them in a way that makes it seem like we are hearing them for the first time. With chapter titles like Bread Crumbs, Active Appreciation, Clown School, A Quick Lighthearted Break, Bulletproof Vest, Over the Top, Oh No, and The Dreaded Phone Call, flipping through the book will give customers a good idea of what awaits them when they read it. Whether they read the book from beginning to end, or randomly open it to read one section, what readers will find is get-off-the-couch enthusiasm and a good explanation of why that's important. This one is a good quick pick-me-up. (reviewed by Anna Jedrziewski)

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"Meet the new generation of consciousness-raising. Gabe's simple, yet profound message can be a life-changer."
―Alan Colmes, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

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"In Live Like a Fruit Fly, Gabe Berman shares his recipe for living a more joyful, worthwhile, and abundant life in every way. A witty, entertaining, and insightful read."―Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757315690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757315695
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tonika G. Johnson on January 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Not only are we living in age where instant gratification is paramount, but we are also bound by a self imposed expectation to have prophet like foresight into our own futures. Couple that with our natural desire to dwell in the past and the result is a generation of people that seemed to be doomed to a life of unfulfillment and problems with no solutions. Then along comes a book like Live Like A Fruit Fly. The writer makes no promises to improve your life or make you more popular with the ladies. What he does do is have that honest unbiased conversation with you that you wish your best friends and closest family members would. I am not one that enjoys reading, in fact I actually have the attention span of a Fruit fly, but this book feels less like a text that one reads, but more like a actual dialog between you and the writer. To sum it up you will not be disappointed with this work one bit. If you're at a point in life where you feel uncertain, conflicted and or lost, and answers are what you seek, you will find them, inside yourself. Live Like A Fruit just helps to show you where inside

Autumn Lawrence
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I cannot encapsulate how inspiring this book is; the only way for you to find out is to purchase it. How precious time is, our daily thoughts consumed by the inane and banal, instead of focused on life with the imagination and wonderment we had when we were children. It is clear that our lives take on paths never contemplated, and we can either succumb or fight through the low points. As Bob Diamond said in Defending Your Life, "Fear is like a giant fog. It sits on your brain and blocks everything. Real feeling, true happiness, real joy, they can't get through that fog. But you lift it, and buddy, you're in for the ride of your life." And that's what Live Like a Fruit Fly drives home - there are those of us who have lived our lives in fear, in a chasm of the mind, and it's time to break free of those bonds. Is this difficult? Absolutely. Is it impossible? Impossible is nothing. With each day, we see new hope, new life, and maybe, just maybe, that beautiful woman sitting at that other table will finally be interested in us (better yet, me)...or maybe, if we follow the lessons of Live Like a Fruit Fly, we will have the courage to approach that beautiful woman and find out for sure. To fight the fear, fight the indecision, and LIVE. This book is a revelation. PS - if there are blank pages, maybe that means that we fill those in with our own stories, the fabric of our own lives and decisions. After all, nobody can tell you what to do to make your own dreams come true -- you have to fill the pages in yourself.
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By CRJ on January 1, 2010
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Bought and read this book (twice) last week. It's message is of course "live in the moment." As simple as that sounds, it's a key to happiness that most (especially Americans) don't even begin to grasp, and this book approaches the topic more easily than most self-help books. Dozens of rock & roll lyric quotes which will appeal to many, I enjoyed them.

It was a good read and the author has a humorous style that does not take away from the message (incl several spelling/grammar mistakes - "heard mentality" to name one). Even though it's 300+ pages, it's a 2-3 hour read as there are many blank or nearly blank pages (unfortunately many more trees gave their lives to bring you this book than were necessary - why?). If you want a simple "live in the moment" book, and that's just what some of us need, this is a worthwhile read.

Another reviewer mentioned this book in a review of A New Earth, calling Fruit Fly a better alternative. For me, that's not the case, Fruit Fly is a very small subset of A New Earth, albeit an effective easy read. Live Live a Fruit Fly is a good nudge in the right direction...
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I discovered this book when, in a moment of weakness, I revealed to complete strangers my heretofore secret crush on Huey Lewis. Breadcrumbs.

There is nothing new revealed in this book, except, perhaps, for those who didn't pay attention in high school science, the actual lifespan of a fruit fly. Which is just 10 days. Fruit flies have just 10 days to enjoy their childhoods, sow their oats, settle down, have kids, enjoy their grandkids, and hopefully avoid being unceremoniously swatted or being shuffled off to a fruit fly hospice before, ding ding ding, their time is up. What makes this book stand out from all the rest of the feel better self help books is the premise, tone, and personal style with which the author conveys his message.

Although I can only speak for myself, I think it's safe to say that neither the author nor I know any fruit flies personally. That said, I believe his assumption is correct when he tells his readers that fruit flies make the most of every moment. And so should we. This unique perspective and the author's clever wit make this book a joy to read.

None of us know how long we will be on this lovely planet we call home. Do we really want to be caught in a moment of miserableness watching the bus bear down on us while thinking, "But wait, I never did what I love," "I never told my sweetie I loved him," "I never practiced the golden rule," or "Why didn't I ever try tiramisu?"

Living like a fruit fly is about doing what you love, loving who you are with, doing the right thing, defending those who can't defend themselves, being kind, having empathy, and enjoying to the fullest every moment we are blessed to breathe the sweet air around us.
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