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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny Paperback – April 21, 1999
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Wisdom to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Peace
This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to:
- Develop Joyful Thoughts,
- Follow Our Life's Mission and Calling,
- Cultivate Self-Discipline and Act Courageously,
- Value Time as Our Most Important Commodity,
- Nourish Our Relationships, and
- Live Fully, One Day at a Time.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the issue I wrestled with in reading the Ferrari-less Monk. Much of the time I was cringing ("world class litigator" etc) ... and yet every few pages I found a delicious thought, mostly quotes from other sources, that made me glad I had perservered.
So, although I can understand why other reviewers seems to hate it, or love it ... I think it falls somewhere in-between.
If you haven't bought it yet, there are plenty of other books that do a better job (Siddhartha, The Alchemist etc). However, if you've got a copy on your desk and are wondering whether or not to read it ... I'd suggest you only speed-read the crappy narrative and focus on the ideas and quotes instead!
Here's what you're in for: (quoted from page 90)
"I still have much wisdom to share with you. Are you tired?"
"Not in the least. I actually feel pretty pumped up. You are quite the motivator, Julian. Have you ever thought about an infomercial?" I asked mischeviosly.
"I don't understand," he replied gently.
Was the book written by a 10 year old, I pondered sincerely...
Nothing could be further from the truth: Mr. Sharma seems to have made a porridge of the most easily digestible versions of eternal wisdom and the most glib and superficial versions of self-help books on the market, and put whatever rose to the surface in a "fable" strangely lacking in any form of drama or power to transform or inspire.
I admire those who can find upliftment in this flat copy of others` ideas, but rereading "Autobiography of a yogi" and reading Malcolm Gladwell`s "Blink" around the same time as I had the misfortune to encounter this book, the difference in quality is staggering.
Puzzled, I looked up Mr. Sharmas home page, and found the most blatant piece of commercialism and grandiose self-advertisement in the self-help field - no mean feat in a field of strong and heavy competition.
It`s obvious who bought the monk`s Ferrari.
Notwithstanding my tentative reading, something happened half way through the book, as I was diligently trying to push back the reviewer's goading perspicacious comments. I realized that that is all there is. That there will not be any book that proffers the ultimate panacea, the answer to life's riddles and the chart to bliss. We will have to write our own. And that the unintended consequence of my frustration with Sharma's prose was to force me to find value in his words. And I did. And in the end that is all what this good prophet set out to do. It was a good exercise. Many others have made it much easier..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow. I have recommended this book to everyone. I have read many books in this category, but for some reason this one just stood out. I highlighted almost the whole book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. Hill
Sharma had me at the title, and the rest of the book did not disappoint. He conveys that a successful life has nothing to do with the car you drive, and that money is not the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by S. Agrillo
This book is an eye opener and is a must read for everyone to enjoy over and over again.. A new discovery with each readPublished 19 days ago by Maria
The storyline of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is compelling: a rich and successful lawyer drops out and travels to Nepal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stefan Emunds
If you like to read a good motivational book, this is the real deal. I loved it.Published 1 month ago by Gina
When reading this book, take the view of it as a guide to life and not just another storybook. The plot and dialogues in this book may appear weak at first, but if you focus on the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
the best book ever. Recommended over and over. This is a book you can read once, twice, even a third time and keep it as reference.Published 1 month ago by Ana L. Ordonez