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The Oasis Within: A Journey of Preparation Paperback – August 18, 2015
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The Oasis Within shows the charming and enchanting power of an exquisitely wrought story to contextualize and bring truth to life. Tom Morris, one of the leading public intellectuals and philosophers in the world today, finds a new way to weave his magic and share wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of studying the classics of literature. He illustrates with simplicity and grace the power of those timeless and transcultural truths that we all need in our lives. This artful collection of short and potent vignettes has the potential to be a classic, read with profit-and savored-by young and old alike. David Baggett, Ph.D., Editor of Harry Potter and Philosophy, and co-author of Good God, and God and Cosmos, among other books Tom Morris brings a calm and grounded focus to what it is to have a truly happy and meaningful life. By combining humor and simplicity with traditional philosophical principles, this story shows us how to create our own oasis from within and inspire those around us to do the same. David Mcwilliams, Managing Director, UBS Financial Services Tom Morris is one of the great storytellers of our time, and it's delightful that he has decided to convey such important ideas in story form. Robert Herrmann, CEO, Discovery Company If Plato had written his dialogues for modern readers, they might have looked like Tom Morris' The Oasis Within. In the context of an adventure story, a young Egyptian boy, Walid, is gently prepared for his future by his uncle, Ali. Ali speaks with all the accumulated practical wisdom of Tom Morris, who has spent his highly successful professional and publishing life bringing the philosophical insights of the ages to the American public. As readers follow Walid's journey, they will learn along with him the valuable wisdom that might just change their own lives as well. Keith Wyma, Ph.D., Chair, Dept. of Philosophy, Whitworth University, and Co-Director, Whitworth University Center for Ethics --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Tom Morris is the author of over twenty books. His twelfth, True Success, launched him into an ongoing adventure as a philosopher working throughout the broader culture. His audiences have included a great many of the Fortune 500 companies and the largest national and international trade associations. His work has been noted or covered by NBC, ABC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, and in most major newspapers and news magazines. He is also the author of the books If Aristotle Ran General Motors, Philosophy for Dummies, The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living, The 7 Cs of Success, Twisdom, and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards. He just may be the world’s happiest philosopher.
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This book is so jammed packed with practical wisdom, that I'm wonder what could be said in the upcoming novels in the series, Walid and The Mysteries of Phi. My recommendation is that you buy two copies, share one with a friend or family member, and then talk about the stories and wisdom that Tom brings to us. This would be particularly good for a grandparent to give to their grandchild as they enter middle school. The Oasis Within: A Journey of Preparation
I just finished the book, and by the end I couldn't wait for the next one in the series to come out.
What makes this book special?
First, it contains deep but accessible truths that can be applied to life. This isn't esoteric "wisdom", but rather practical wisdom that can be used in our daily lives, as told by an uncle to his nephew. Here are a few examples:
We can't control the day, but only what we make of the day.
The worst times in our lives can make possible the best times.
The purpose of wisdom is to be lived in the world.
Consider the possibility that uncertainty is a gift.
Most people don't know what they truly need because they don't know who they really are.
The oasis within is a place of strength and positive possibility.
Second, the book contains much wisdom for the modern world. It is fascinating, entertaining, and draws you into a different world. As Walid and his uncle Ali travel with others across the desert, there are many interesting conversations and some surprising events that set the stage for what I anticipate will be a great series of books that I'll read more than once!
I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the series this month. Much is yet to be revealed about true wisdom for life, and the story of Ali and Walid...
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Reviewer: Annie Slessman
THE OASIS WITHIN, by Dr. Tom Morris is his first book of philosophy written in a fiction format. Being a first, one would think there would be flaws in the attempt. However, there are no flaws here. Just a beautifully written piece of fiction filled with complex philosophical concepts broken down into language easily understood by young and old alike.
As Walid and his Uncle Ali, cross the desert with a caravan, there is ample opportunity for Uncle Ali to share his wisdom and experience with young, Walid. Each vista and new experience provides a venue to explain life management techniques to his young nephew. That the book tells a story and still instills one with the wisdom of the Stoics, provides for some very interesting reading.
I will share this work with my eight-year old grandson and use the book as a mapping system for helping him to better cope with society and live a happier, healthier life.
I am excited to see Dr. Morris finally take his wisdom and experience into a fictional format. He has said there is more to come in the “Oasis” series and I for one, cannot wait for the next installment.