- File Size: 18439 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publisher: Addictive Media (March 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007IA31EW
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Seeing More Colors: A Guide to a Richer Life Kindle Edition
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The book is enlightening and life-affirming. The exquisite photos, the pointed quotations, the instructive anecdotes, the distillations of Maslow all work so well together.” Arnie Reisman, producer, PBS, and panelist, NPR’s Says You!
Brilliant in thought and execution. Perhaps the best focus I've read on how to express love, both visually and mindfully.” Professor K.C. Hayes, professor of biology, Brandeis University
About the Author
Michael S. Lewis, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, the former chief of staff at Rush North Shore Medical Center, and the former orthopedic consultant to the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Wolves. He has also been a photographer for more than 30 years and his photographs have appeared in his book One World: A View of Seven Continents and Eagle Eyes, written by Jacquelyn Mitchard. He lives in Bannockburn, Illinois.
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Importantly, self-actualization means something different to each individual, which is why I found Lewis's approach to covering the topic to be so poignant. Lewis covers each of the nine characteristics of the self-actualized in detail through the use of eye-catching photographs, memorable quotes with corresponding analysis, personal anecdotes, historical perspective, and psychological pedagogy. These varying methods of conveying information may have more or less appeal depending on the reader's natural preference for absorbing information. What a different reviewer dismissed as "vacation photos", I dismiss as a left-brained reader failing to acknowledge that the photos could have more meaning to a right-brained reader for whom the subject matter is harder to grasp with words alone.
As for the self-actualization journey, Lewis addresses a criticism that also came to my mind - that self-actualization requires an amplified self-awareness that leads to an "overindulgent concern with one's own personal growth and development." Indeed, the response is that the self-actualized do not operate in a vacuum, and that "the ultimate expression of one's potential comes not only from personal achievement, but also from the capacity to transcend one's self in the service of others." Well put, and clearly internalized by the author given his detailed list of acknowledgements at the beginning of the book and list of sources at the end. So, while analyzing one's self may come more naturally to those who are introverted, the implementation of characteristics that lead to self-actualization are equally attainable by both the introverted and the extroverted.
Ultimately, what Lewis's book accomplishes is it makes the teachings and research of Abraham Maslow more accessible, not just by distilling the research for the modern reader, but also by presenting it in a variety of ways to reach different types of readers. At a minimum, it is an excellent source of wonderful quotations, collected by the author for the last 50 years. Readers seeking a highly practical "do this, not that" instructional guide are likely to be a bit disappointed. However, the book is an excellent "coffee table" book, as it will have the most value serving as a frequent reference guide, not something that is read once from cover to cover and subsequently stowed away on a bookshelf.
While I truly enjoy the way Lewis has cobbled some of Maslow's best philosophies and observations into "Colors", the inclusion of full-page photos from various family vacations I could have done w/o. For me, they enhance nothing, and simply get in the way.
I think Lewis had the opportunity to coalesce Maslow's best insights into a real self help presentation, and just missed the mark.
In addition, in a second appendix Michael gives recognition to the importance of Teachers, Role Models and Heroes in our lives, and he describes several of those who have been important in his own life. The first of those he mentions was his teacher and mine, who was also my wife for 50 years, Mollie Martin Broussard. In Michael's honor and Mollie's I am happy to match Michael's donation of the profits from this book to the Himalayan Cataract Project. So buying this book will not only metaphorically expand your vision, but will literally help to give sight to those who are blinded with cataracts.