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Spiriting Around: A Modern Guide to Finding Yourself Paperback – February 10, 2006
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Money, love, personal purpose, the controversies we face every day, and the choices we make that frame our values. This isn't another sea-foam-on-the-beach type book. This is about real life from a spiritual standpoint....Because life's too hard.
About the Author
Martin "Mark" Tomback has over 40 years experience in spiritual studies. From an early inclination as a youngster he's explored a variety of spiritual paths; always looking for the thread that tied them together. His conclusion: Spirit is your birthright no matter how you interpret God. And every spiritual path has at its center a desire to know more about ourselves and our responsibilities to life. Mark currently lives in South Florida with his family. You can also look for his new book, "CLAQ: Creating Love And Asking Questions" for more intriguing perspectives on your soul's walk through life.
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The author wastes no time in identifying his mission and how we can utilize the provided knowledge. As he says, "95% of life is common sense" so most of the answers already lay dormat within us.
A Few of the Provided Ways to Begin Are:
-Write a Mission Statement
-Take a personal inventory
-Identify your goals
-Focus, move forward and exude positive energy
-Define what is the truth?
Tomback moves fluidly from personal concerns; wealth, love, divorce, weight control, on to more global issues; violence, animal rights, environmental concerns, abortion, genetic engineering, mercy killing, etc. Admittedly this vast array of topical issues discussed here are only touched upon briefly, but Tombeck does a masterful job at placing them all within a well-conceived framework that can be easily accessed and explored at a later date. He doesn't claim to have finished the job of finding ourselves, that's your responsibility. What he has done is provide a solid foundation from which to begin. To be completely honest I don't agree with everything the author has to say (do we ever, or should we ever?), but his line of reasoning is always coherent and consistent. It's difficult to find fault with his enthusiasm or thorough presentation.
While I believe `Spiriting Around' target audience is primarily mid-teens on the verge of adulthood, the ideas presented within this 304 page paperback are something that would be beneficial for adults of all ages. After all reflection, assessment and honesty with ourselves are an essential to adulthood no matter what stage of life's journey we're on.
Spiriting Around is an empowering book designed for teens, but also seems to be a comforting read for anyone facing life's complexities.
Martin "Mark" Tomback's thoughtful exploration of life presents powerful thought provoking topics. Discussions on patience, freedom, faith, goals, barriers to success and money leads into some especially pertinent chapters on vocation, love and conflict resolution.
"Positive energy creates positive results." ~ pg. 56
The idea of finding a mentor is especially helpful at any age and if you are looking for a change in career or want to start your own business, there is information in this book that may be helpful and lead you to a more successful venture. Some of the highlights include:
4 Secrets for a Successful Marriage
Knowledge is Money
Money is Value
Be a Role Model
Aspects of Running a Successful Business
Sensible Questions for Developing Friendships
Why do people lie - a completely intriguing topic and very enlightening...
Real-life issues like drug use, abortion, suicide and violence are handled with sensitivity. The start of the chapter on love and sexuality presents a variety of words and phrases "all in a row" that the author seems to feel are necessary to address a wide range of topics. Parents may want to look through this chapter if they are giving this book as a gift to make sure this is appropriate for their child's age level.
This book does not make any real moral judgments or promote any religions, but instead asks the reader to consider action in the light of complications that could arise. Personal responsibility is promoted and choices are given for consideration. Are you ready to have children? How could your choices on how you escape the stress of life affect your future? Political issues and global concerns are briefly discussed.
"Spiriting Around Exercises" are included throughout the pages and address a variety of topics, mostly with questions. The "Think About It" sections present a summary of thoughts to ponder.
I could see this book being a starting point for discussions on any of the topics included or it could be used by teachers who want ideas for topics teenagers would be interested in discussing. Since children are exposed to so many issues before they are emotionally ready to handle them, this book could be a helpful resource to show the positive and negative sides of lifestyle choices.
Personally, I felt this book was a comforting read to remind me of what is important in life and topics like parenting, marriage and career choices still seemed very relevant to me as an adult. As the book progresses it just keeps getting more interesting and I was actually sad it ended. Martin "Mark" Tomback has a sense of what people want to discuss and he covers topics that really need to be addressed with a sense of understanding. Since many of the choices we make as teens can affect our entire life, someone has to talk about these issues before it is too late.
~The Rebecca Review