- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Press (October 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985463007
- ISBN-13: 978-0985463007
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,506,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Can't Win If You Don't Play: A Nonagenarian's Lessons on Life Paperback – October 21, 2012
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This is a uniquely American story, about three generations of an immigrant family that spread out across the continent and contributed to the vitality and creativity that fueled the nation's prosperity. Like many newly arrived families before and after them, they brought humor, patience, faith, and persistence to carve out a proper place for themselves. This semi-biographical story indicates how a supportive ethnic heritage can play a vital role. In this case, it wasn't just the luck of the Irish that counted, but the strong ties of family and faith that allowed a resilient accommodation to the frequent hard knocks of life.
The book reminds me of those by famed UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden. Like Wooden, Barry shows how the sources of self-discipline and a goal oriented life are grounded on one's family and mentors; explains the critical role played by fathers and teachers; and illustrates how the lessons learned as a boy guided the author throughout his life. If you are a parent there are some useful pointers about how to help guide your children into becoming mature and responsible adults. Barry's book shows how he has applied such "right" ways of thinking and living for almost 100 years. It is truly a time-tested formula, and he apparently plans no immediate deviation in the winning course he has charted.
This book is an antidote for all those who may view aging as a process of resignation and growing cynicism or bitterness. Chapter by chapter, the author leads you into the detailed mechanics of enjoying life and gaining personal satisfaction from helping others do the same. It's just a matter of following Dave's lead and learning when to say "Yes!" and when to say "Oh, Really?" Just his instructions on how and when to smile are worth the price of the book! And it's good to see that the good guys can finish first. A must read for those who want to be happier, healthier, and eventually even wiser