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A physician and psychiatrist, Livingston follows up on his Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now with this compendium of useful humanistic advice for getting through life with grace and a sense of joy. In "Marriage Ruins a Lot of Good Relationships," the author notes that a relationship is in trouble when it depends on scorekeeping: how much am I giving, how much am I getting? Livingston advocates instead choosing a partner to love as much as we love ourselves, one who is kind and has a willingness to extend him or herself. Livingston also believes too many psychiatrists are prescribing medication rather than helping their patients "take responsibility for [their] lives and cope with the inevitable mood changes that are a part of living." Extrapolating from his ideas about the good life to broader issues, Livingston argues that our need for "insatiable consumption" is directly related to our abuse of the environment and our need to wage war. In "You Can Change Who You Are Without Rejecting Who You Were," Livingston, a West Point graduate, discusses his love for the Point and his growing opposition to the war in Vietnam, where he served as an army doctor. His public protests against interrogation techniques ended his military career. This slender volume is full of wisdom and written with a generous spirit that will appeal even to those who don't usually read self-help books. (Apr.)
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"'Full of wisdom, with a generous spirit that will appeal to those who don't usually listen to self-help books.' Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738212490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212494
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why don't people like to see themselves in the mirror? Because they don't like what they see... One true thing. Step parents and step children will both be happier if they let the birth parents be the disciplinarians...another true thing. When long married couples divorce, it's often because while they have grown and changed, they couldn't find a way to stay friends...

So many authors of advice want to push their ideas onto you... to convince you or persuade you that theirs are the real truths. In contrast, Dr Livingston says "based on my many years in psychiatric practice, these are what I think are truths;" then it's up to the reader to consider his thoughtful and gentle advice.

There are thirty 3-5 page chapters, each a little essay and observation. Some you will like, some you will disagree with; but at the end of the book you will probably have found at least one new truth about yourself to take to heart, and in my book that's worth the price of admission.
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The reader gets the benefit of the author's years of experience sitting with hundreds and hundreds of patients and his synthesis of their problems, his observations and potential remedies. I found this book to contain a number of insightful observations however it falls short of answering: "ok, so now what does one do?" In many of his lessons, Dr. Livingston digresses in his views on war and politics which seem to be detached side-pockets to the core message he is trying to convey. I found that this book fell short of the author's prior work ("Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart") but nevertheless contains a series of very insightful observations - including my favorites below:

Chap 7
It is better to be spent than saved

I frequently ask patients, "What are you saving yourself for?" People spend a lot of time conserving energy, usually while they wait for some event outside themselves to trigger their taking action...Passivity is the enemy of progress in therapy...I prefer to challenge people to relinquish passivity, stop waiting for answers outside themselves, mobilize their courage and determination, and try to discover what changes will bring them closer to others and to people they want to be.

Chap 17
We all live downstream

Most of the threats to human existence derive from the desire to bend the world to satisfy our need for rapid gratification. This, of course, is the basic philosophy of a consumer society. Look at the message conveyed by the advertising with which we are inundated. Over and over we are presented with images of people who are clearly enjoying life more than we are. They are younger, more attractive, with more friends and apparently an inexhaustible supply of leisure time. And how can we be more like them?
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I really liked "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" but I LOVED "Never Stop Dancing" . . . somehow Gordon Livingston managed to top his first little gem with an even better sequel. It can be summed up as a compassionate discourse on "Life is difficult - - so what?" . . . a real treasure.
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Gordon Livingston has given the world yet another wonderful book with his latest "And Never Stop Dancing: Thirty More True Things You Need to Know Now". In thirty simple and easy to read and understand essays of "truth" the author unfolds his views of life and wisdom. Each essay is an observational piece from the author's own heart and soul. He makes his points without having to beat the reader over-the-head with his point of view.

I was moved by several of his short pieces in the book but in particular, his story relating to his tour of duty in Vietnam and his efforts with enemy POWS. His courage was not about facing just combat but at dealing with the much larger issues on the conduct of how the military treated prisoners. He made a moral decision that effected his career as an officer. Having faced these same kind of personal issues in Vietnam myself, I know well that there is a huge price to pay when one choses to oppose what is wrong. He showed a lot of class and stayed true to himself and his beliefs. This story shows that the author is not just a "good talker" but also a man who listens to that inner voice within; he walks his talk!

There are many interesting stories that he uses to express his view of life. The result of reading all of them is to feel much richer in spirit - for having learned something new and to realize that there are still some good people out there in the world who are trying to make it a better place.

The book would make a wonderful gift to those people you love in your life. This book has been given the highest book ratings by both The American Authors Association and The Military Writer's Society of America. I also give it my personal recommendation.
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I read Dr.Livingston's book Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart and it became my secular bible; I read it and re-read it for comfort and advice. This book is more of the same; just good advice on how to live life in a meaningful way with as much kindness as possible for our fellow human beings. He is pithy and wise and I highly recommend both books.
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