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A Travel Guide to Life: Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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"In his new book, A Travel Guide to Life: Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul, Anthony DeStefano provides a clear and concise road map to a fulfilled and happy life, and makes the compelling case that we must be God-centered in order to experience true joy. While the book provides solid self-help techniques, Anthony helps show us that the way to happiness is to know, love, and serve God in this life, so that we might experience everlasting happiness with Him in Heaven."―Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Anthony's book shows that every human being is a miracle...capable of achieving miraculous things during this adventure called life.―Tony Robbins
"Anthony DeStefano has done it again! I am convinced that this is quite possibly one of the finest and most complete works on what it means to live a transformed life. His new book is a must-read for any person with blood flowing through their veins. Anthony tackles the tough questions and holds back no punches when it comes to the reality of our purpose in this life and the choices we must make if we are to have an impact and make a difference. So, stop reading this endorsement and start reading this book. It will change your perspectives forever."
"I think most of us want to go to heaven, though not necessarily right now. But we all need to get ready for the trip-and Anthony DeStefano's book is like a Fodor's Guide for just that purpose. It's a wonderful road map for people who want to be happy in this life, and at the same time prepare for ultimate happiness in the life to come."―
"Move over, Dr. Phil! Anthony DeStefano's advice on how to turn your problem-filled life into something to celebrate is bare-bones, no-holds barred, no bull and spot-on brilliant."―
"Get ready for a truly new and joyful view of living life to its fullest! Anthony DeStefano's latest book is a powerful and practical "how to" guide on living an authentically Christian life-one that is exciting and dynamic and God-centered and happy."―Dr. Dick Eastman, President of America's National Prayer Committee International President, Every Home for Christ
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Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To and Angels All Around Us. He has received many prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture. He lives in New York.
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Just for instance: During my college years, I studied an Introduction to Thomistic Philosophy, which I thought was fascinating. It covered classical Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics. Liking the thought and method of Saint Thomas Aquinas, I later picked up My Way of Life: Pocket edition of St. Thomas; the Summa Simplified for Everyone, a paraphrased version of the teaching of Saint Thomas. What still stands out more than anything was how the book treated the subject of Happiness. What the author did there, Anthony DeStefano did in his book. He started there! What a classical approach! If we're going to approach a subject that moves toward the meaning of life, then Happiness has to be the quest. It is that which we all want and for which we are searching.
This happiness, once seen for what it is, must be "chosen." A choice must be made to strive for this and steps must be taken to get there. These cannot be any steps. DeStefano insists in "beginning"--that's one step. We have to begin the process. Another step is then committing oneself to have a "brutal honesty" about oneself and especially how we have fallen short of the mark.
It's not much different from Mother Teresa telling us that to be a saint is easy. She says, "You simply have to will it!" Brutal honesty will always reveal our shortcomings, mistakes, and sins. Correction, or rather to zig or zag back on the right path to happiness, is going to take what DeStefano calls an "about-face!" Call it what you will. He is recommending none else than the age-old principle of repentance--"metanoia"--one of the first steps even in psychology to re-building or "healing." This is the subject of the first preaching Jesus does in the Gospel of Mark, "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel" (1:15).
This is not always easy. Sometimes it is never easy. We have to overcome one great big obstacle that stands in the way. DeStefano calls it "inertia." Read in Father Lawrence Scupoli's classic, The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul, how Sloth can be that obstacle--how it can put the brakes on everything we need to do. It can infect the entire person. Hence, the author calls for "momentum" because we got to "get it in gear!"
For us, who like to go it alone, we are reminded by DeStefano that we're going to need the help of God. He doesn't preach at us. He simply insists that we have to go beyond what the "self-help" books proclaim necessary, even delve into territory that they will not go near. In order to find happiness, we will need the Author of Happiness to help us, yes: God! And like The Spiritual Combat also insists, we must have a healthy distrust of our "broken" selves--and what we can do by ourselves--combined with an absolute trust and confidence in God.
You may not hear the word "discernment" fall from the mouth of DeStefano, but be sure that he is very clear that we be acquainted with what this is all about. He says is it essential that we know at any time if we are moving towards God, or away from God, and then take appropriate actions to correct it if necessary. Like Scupoli's wisdom, this has been taught for over 400 years by Saint Ignatius of Loyola and his followers--Pope Francis being one of them--in his teaching on The Discernment of Spirits (which he penned in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, pg. 313, ff., or the application of which can be found in The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living). This also can be traced back further to Saint Paul's Letter to the Galatians, Ch. 5.
DeStefano also touches on the wisdom of the Sermon on the Mount (see the Gospel of Matthew, Ch. 5-7) on the worthlessness of "worry" and the negative effect that it has on our lives in so many ways, and the stress we experience, while God wants us to experience his peace. The author also supports the teaching of Saint James that success requires the control of our tongue. Again, he sides with Saint Paul that we must be equipped for battle which he himself calls the Spiritual Combat. He insists that there is "evil" and there are the forces of evil which must be recognized for what they are, and against which we must defend ourselves, and yes: some of this will proceed from within, and we must be prepared to acknowledge this too. Just part of that brutal honesty!
Important to all of this is that we are created as human beings who are creatures of mind, body and spirit. Care must be taken of all three. Cautions are mentioned in regards to each of these. Here DeStefano wades through the proliferation of the varied, and many times contradictory sources that plague our media and are always seeking disciples to follow, sometimes more as financial quests than as actual helps. His response to some of this is "moderation" or H-A-L-T in which he counsels us to pay attention to the Hungers, the Anger, the Loneliness and the Tiredness and the stresses that creep in that we all experience, and which can easily knock us off course, looking for immediate gratification--some of which comes with its trappings--rather than the happiness we need to seek.
He advises us to think about heaven too! It's just one of the mentioned goal-setting recommendations that can reap plentiful results. Five minutes of meditation on a true picture of heaven--not sitting on clouds and playing harps, as he describes--each day can do the trick.
Are you in a funk? Are you looking to change your life? Are you tired of the insanity by which you keep doing the same things but keep expecting different results? Are you ready to find the road to happiness? Read this book and get started. It will lead you to much more than you can imagine!
For your information, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) offered a six-part mini-series on Anthony DeStefano and this book on May 19-24, 2014. It's sure to be repeated. However, if you miss it, you should be able to find it easily on their website, even if it is in their archives. It might be a great opportunity to be introduced to him and his message.
Yes .. it is Christian yet I found it totally inclusive no matter your religious orientation and deals with truth you can easily recognize as well as follow. I am using this book in big peices and in small bits. I think it is transformative life science for the novice or seasoned traveler I suspect even grouchy non-religious friends or family members (should you have any of those) might just find some true insight and guideposts that can be shared.