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Simple Truths : Clear and Gentle Guidance on the Big Issues in Life Hardcover – August 15, 2005

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About the Author

Nerburn received his PhD in religion and art from Graduate Theological Union in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former sculptor of religious art.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 2nd edition (August 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315155
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Life is a creative experience," begins author Kent Nerburn in his slim little volume of basic truths on which to build a life of value for oneself and others. They are, as the title states, basic and simple truths, but it is these simple truths that have been lost in the muddle and busyness and confusion of modern life marked by an embarrassment at claiming a value system. Nerburn continues in explanation of why we must reconnect to these simple truths: "We are shaping ourselves at every moment by every decision we make."

And so we are. A moment taken to consider carefully the meanings and values of topics Nerburn has chosen here are moments well spent. To ponder these truths and to absorb them clears the path ahead and moves us forward with peace and conviction.

Short chapters illustrate in clean prose the values of education and learning ("without knowledge I could not play the violin. Without wisdom, I could not play the music"); work ("we are what we do, and the more we do it, the more we become it"); money ("be a giver and a sharer... in some unexpected and unforeseeable fashion, all else will take care of itself"); possessions ("possessions are as likely to make you unhappy as they are to make you happy, because they define the limits of your life and keep you from the freedom of choice that comes with traveling light"); giving ("you have the power to create joy and happiness by your simplest gestures of caring and compassion"); travel ("if we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull.
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This book is so profound I can't describe it. I don't know how anyone could distill so much that was so important into such a small work. Love, death, parenting, drugs, nature, solitude, work. And everything is so wisely expressed. Give this book to every young person you know. No, give it to everyone you know! I defy you to read this and not be enlightened in some way you never imagined.
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This book discusses many issues concerning the problems of everyday people which have been forgetten in this modern world.We get so caught up that we lose our true selves in the book helps to give you a calm sense of self worth.It explains in depth about education which is truly what you know, giving form your heart not worrying about the rewarding glory or praise to put forth extra time that is personal,love is internal and true love is accepted.
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I was given Simple Truths as a gift. After my second reading of it, I began buying the copies from any bookstore I found that had a few copies. I must've given away 20 or more copies. There is a message for us all inside these very simple pages.
Thank you, Dr. Nerburn, you changed me when I needed it most, by pointing out things I believe I've always known.
I have survived the worst trauma of my life with this clear and gentle guidance.
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This book grabbed ahold of my attention like a sunset on a calm winters evening, in Min-nesota. The words seemed to dance off the pages with such a ballet resemblence. I would love to talk to the publisher, or anyone interested in helping me on my quest, to see if there is any way our school can purchase this book for the graduating class of '98. I would like everyone to experience the heart-warming and inspirational wisdom expressed so brilliantly on the pages of this book. Thank you is not gratitude enough to say to you, Kent, what has come alive within my soul and has "filled" my entier being! May the beauty of silence be acknowledge praise you until eternity and beyond!!
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This book changed my life. I connected with every word and thought on a deep level, realizing that these were truths in which I have always strongly believed but never seen articulated in such profoundly simple and elegant prose. Seeing these concepts and "truths" presented so beautifully and artfully-- and yet so logically--caused me to re-commit to them and examine my life around them. I realized that in many ways I hadn't been living one of my own credos, Be True to Yourself, and I was inspired to make some very positive and freeing changes in my life. Over the past year since reading the book, have read other books to expand on the thoughts to the point that I now know myself better and have more inner peace than ever before (The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle was a major contributor). I keep a stock of "Simple Truths" to give as gifts. Nerburn's book "Small Graces" made me want to crawl into the pages and live there. Instead I applied the principals to my life and am now enjoying living there even more. I've ordered "Neither Wolf nor Dog" and "Wisdom of the Native American's," both by Nerburn, and am eagerly awaiting their arrival.
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Although the content of this book is very good, I was disappointed as it was the same content that was also in another book that Kent Nerburn wrote called Letters to My Son which I had already read. Actually, the book was simply repackaged and given a different name which I felt was quite deceptive.
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