This book had so much promise. I loved the idea of learning about the Tao through stories. I liked the layout of chapters. Unfortunately the book did not live up to its promise. The author attempts to explain the Taoist stories in a simple way to the reader. He goes overboard by making them TOO simple. This is the most dumbed-down, American-ized, McDonald-ized book on Taoism ever. If you are seriously interested in Taoism or Eastern philosophy please pass on this book. If you are able to think for yourself at all, pass on this book. I got absolutely nothing good from it and could not read more than a few chapters--it was that bad. You could learn more about Eastern philosohpy by taping a bunch of fortune cookies together and making a book. Just look at the authors credentials. He works in corporate America and has NO formal training in Taoism (or meditation for that matter). This book is really about his OWN philosophy about life. Honestly I couldn't care less.