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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, But Not Best in Class, September 23, 2009
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This review is from: Zen at Work (Paperback)
If spirituality is to be taken seriously, I think it has to be related to contemporary everyday life, including 'work'. In that regard, I've previously read the following two books which specifically relate Zen/Taoism to work:

- The Tao of Personal Leadership by Diane Dreher
- Real Power by James Autry

I found these books to be enlightening and enjoyable, so it made sense to next try Les Kaye's book. The result was that, though Kaye's book does surely contain some wisdom, it failed to really engage me, so I didn't really gain or grow much by reading it.

The main problem seems to have been the book's presentation. First, I found the overall organization of the book to be fairly haphazard and fragmented. Second, the writing (at the level of sections, paragraphs, and sentences) didn't have the crispness and clarity of the other two books I've mentioned, so I wondered how mature Kaye's understanding really is. I acknowledge that the shortcoming may be mine, especially given that Huston Smith has praised this book, but I'll stick with my guns since I have other books to compare with, plus I've generally spent plenty of time studying Zen and Taoism over the years.

Since other people have praised this book, and since I got at least a little bit out of it also, I do think it's worth considering by people interested in this topic. But I find the other books I've mentioned to be considerably better, so I can only rate this book three stars by comparison, and I can't strongly recommend it.
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