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Zen and the Art of Happiness Paperback – June 28, 2006
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A charming book....Shows readers, with
humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures. For most collections. --Library Journal
Zen and the Art of Happiness is enthusiastically recommended and user friendly reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life's stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. --Midwest Book Review
This wonderful little book shows that we can overcome the obstacles to happiness. It s for those who want and
need change in expectations, habits, and outlook. Chris Prentiss teaches us how, with a joie de vivre that obviously comes from experience. Use his practical wisdom to get in the habit of being happy every day. Put this book by your bedside and the Zen of happiness can be yours. --ReverseSpins.com
About the Author
Chris Prentiss is the cofounder and codirector of the Passages Substance Abuse Treatment Center, located in Malibu, California, and the author of The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure:A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery. He has also written a dozen books on Chinese philosophy and personal growth. He is known worldwide for his interpretations of the I Ching that make this ancient and sometimes difficult-to-understand subject easy to use and apply. Prentiss has led personal empowerment workshops in southern California and has written, produced, and directed a feature film.
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2 years ago, I began reading the first chapter, and, because of the claim, I started dismissing it. How in the world is every single event that happens to me going to be the best possible outcome? It was because of this claim that I could not continue reading. I picked up the book again 2 years later and kept reading. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Why did I keep reading? I cannot really answer it but I made a subconscious decision to take the author seriously.
It was the one of the best decisions I have ever made. Please give this book and way of thinking a true try and you will slowly and surely start to begin the process of enlightenment and true happiness.
I especially enjoyed the short example scenarios that the author includes to illustrate his points. I.e. in one instance, the author's new car got scratched. However, instead of getting angry at the driver of the other car, he approached the situation from a kind and forgiving point of view. This was healthy for himself (he is working on being a happy person) but also for the other driver.
Con: Towards the middle of the book, the author mentions his addiction rehabilitation center or something like that. I felt a bit irritated, because this part read like an advertisement...
Bottom line: I'm happy with the purchase and plan to re-read this book frequently (it's short enough) so that I don't forget to see the glass half-full and the pleasure in the little things of life.
Powerful--how to wake up and become aware, October 20, 2007
By Nigel J. Yorwerth "Publishing coach" (Bozeman, MT) - See all my reviews
This is a simple but powerful book that will change the way you look at life. Zen and the Art of Happiness takes happiness and consciousness to a whole new level. And now it is in a beautiful hardcover gift edition.
I am aware that this book has been compared to The Secret. There is a similarity in that they both teach the reader how to change his or her approach to life for the better but the similarity ends there. This is not a book about how to get more "stuff". I have read Zen and the Art of Happiness more than once and think that what it teaches is quite different and far more powerful than The Secret. The Secret, as a book, was essentially the transcript of the DVD. I preferred the DVD where a number of spokesmen described their powerful successes using the Law of Attraction. This will bring positive results for readers but the Zen book and its shrewd insights will take the reader to a brand new level of awareness that will bring them happiness. It is profound.
As D.T. Suzuki, the Japanese scholar and leading spokesman of Zen in mid-twentieth century America, said of Zen, "It merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points". Zen and the Art of Happiness gives you simple but profound keys that will help you change your life. If you read it with an open heart it will truly help you find happiness.
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