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The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose Paperback – October 4, 2005
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Matthew Kelly, the charismatic minister, speaker and best-selling author from down under, wants you to live life out loud and on purpose. In this expanded version of The Rhythm of Life he syntheses Christian theology, cognitive psychology and storytelling to unpack the paradox of being happy. As Kelly explains, "We want to be happy. We know what makes us happy. But we don't do those things--because we are busy trying to be happy." So here's the gospel according to Kelly: Find a life-changing rhythm by choosing a central purpose and becoming "the best version of yourself." With examples draw from his own life and diverse cast of characters including Charlie Chaplin, Jude the apostle, piano man Billy Joel, the Magi, and Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, he maps the way to a meaningful life. Kelly makes thoughtful distinctions. He contrasts the difference between doing and having, the legitimate need for health and happiness with the illegitimate desire for expensive toys and the pursuit of minimalism vs. excellence. Then he gets specific, offering five questions about life's meaning, three instruments for anchoring your life and ten principles of excellence. At times, Kelly seems to be recycling his speeches and sermons or downplaying his religious stripes to seek a wider audience. And he lets cliches share the pages with memorable gems. But Kelly's gift is to convey the much-discussed ideas of personal accountability, mind management, and spirituality with passion and clarity. Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Now 30, Kelly began his Catholic inspirational speaking at the age of 19. In this new edition of his self-published book, Australian-born, Cincinnati-based Kelly exhorts readers to rediscover what he calls the rhythm of life: "the perfect combination of rest, activity, and pace" that will enable each of us to become "the-best-version-of-ourselves." Some will be inspired by these sermonlike essays; others will feel Kelly recycles standard self-help messages, such as "everything is a choice" and "enjoy the journey." Much, for Kelly, rests in self-discipline and control. "If you can teach yourself, condition yourself, to desire those things that are good for you, there is nothing you cannot achieve or become." Like so many self-help authors, Kelly also promotes good sleeping, eating and exercise habits, and suggests a daily hour of prayer and using the "seventh day as a day of rest, reflection, and renewal." More idiosyncratically, he predicts that what he sees as our declining civilization will end in 60 years to be replaced by a vaguely defined superior one.
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I initially read it from the library, but I decided to buy a copy for myself so that I can reference back to it, and also lend it to my family and friends.
I really want to give it to my sister, who is now entering college and trying to figure out what to do with her life.
As for me, I am also trying to figure out how to live a more purpose driven life with work and family, and Mr. Kelly’s book couldn’t have come a better time.
Mr. Kelly’s writing style is so easy to read that it almost feels conversational.
It is a quick, easy, entertaining and inspiring read.
I love the stories / analogies he uses to present his points.
I used to know Mr. Kelly as mostly a Catholic self-help author, but this book really is a general self-help book for people of any denomination / spiritual or non-spiritual outlook, trying to lead a more purpose-driven life or simply figuring out what to do in life.
I really loved this book because it went into more detail on some of the same general points concerning work that interested me from his Catholic books (Dynamic Catholic, Rediscover Catholicism).
Finally, his steps towards a “best-version-of-yourself” really are simple and common sense, which is why one can immediately start to apply it to their lives.
Though it does not touch on the facts of certain things such as sentience beyond humans like an animals life. Surprised the amount of compassion in this doesn't extend into veganism.