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Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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The book is very well organized. Each chapter covers from between 1 to 7 pages or so of a different topic--e.g. "compassion"-- with quotes arranged in roughly chronological order of the year of the person being quoted. The headings to each chapter have extensive cross-references so that the reader can look up related entries, either similar concepts or opposite concepts. An extensive bibliography at the back lists all the entries in which each author appears. One minor gripe I have is that the source of the quotes is not as well documented as it could have been. Some of the quotes have specific works listed, but many do not, so that (a) the reader is left merely to trust that the compiler is correct in quoting from that speaker, and (b) the reader has no way to read further in the work quoted. Still, wisdom is wisdom, and even if there is no way to verify who said what, an anonymous truth found on a crumpled up piece of paper on the street is still truth!
Also, the reader might think of a topic or two that should have been given a separate entry but wasn't (e.g. there is no entry for "beauty" which in my mind is essential for a book on "spiritual wisdom.") But still the entries are fairly exhaustive in their coverage overall.
One other minor gripe is that the author focuses much more on modern (1800s and especially 1900's) thinkers than on ancient wisdom. People like Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, or Buddha for example (all of whom I'm quite familiar with their work), could have, and should have been, quoted much more extensively than they were, especially when numerous modern, very recent authors were given far more quotes than any of them. Still, as I said above, truth is truth, regardless who says that truth.
This is a reference book that you will keep not just on your shelf, but on your coffeetable or nightstand, for easy access, and perhaps permanently. And you will enthusiastically recommend it to everyone you know. And you will loan it out. And you will buy it as a gift for people. In fact, if I the money, I'd buy a copy and give one to all my family and friends--but alas, I don't have such money. Probably because the book is so huge in volume, a cloth (hard) binding is very helpful to keep the book's integrity intact. Nevertheless, I hope this book is released in a less expensive paperback form soon. Either way, though, this book is well worth the price (and probably more). You will *not* regret buying this!
I emailed the publisher more than 2 months ago to let them know all this but they never responded... I think the publishers have let this author down. You can NOT charge $30 for a Kindle book without a working TOC! Everyone who owns Kindle books, especially a humongous reference book like this, knows that the lack of a working TOC makes a book completely unusable. Not just inconvenient but unusable. There are other glitches in this book, for example, if you happen to go through the pages backwards, the book skips the section headings so you don't see them and have no idea that you've crossed over to a different section! (which does not happen if you "leaf through" the book FORWARD).
Since I have already shelled the money and can't return the book at this point, I went through the whole book and wrote down the Location number for each of the Sections. It took one tedious hour. Pasting it here for all to benefit and be able to use this book.
I'll let this review stand until the publishers respond, and make an update with a working TOC. Nowadays buyers get automatic updates of any revised Kindle book, so there is nothing easier than fixing the TOC, and distributing the update to all who have given you their hard-earned cash!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS 412; ABILITY 562; ACCEPTANCE 612; ACCOMPLISHMENT / ACHIEVEMENT / EXCELLENCE 820; ACTION / EFFORT 927; ACTUALIZATION / FULFILLMENT 1089; ADVERSITY 1340; AFFIRMATION / APPROVAL 1604; AGE / AGEING 1761; ANGER 1915; APPEARANCE / FORM 2017; APPRECIATION 2181; ART 2335; ATTACHMENT 2592; ATTENTION / AWARENESS 2691; ATTITUDE 3046; AUTONOMY / CONTROL 3246; AVOIDANCE / DENIAL / REFUSAL 3460; BALANCE 3562; BEGINNING / ENDEAVOUR 3767; BEING / ESSENCE / SOUL 3926; BELIEF / RELIGION 4125; BREAKTHROUGH / EPIPHANY / TURNING POINT 4546; CAUSE 4743; CELEBRATION 4998; CENTERING 5049; CHANGE 5205; CHAOS / UNCERTAINTY 5472; CHARACTER 5631; CHOICE / VOLITION 5786; COLLABORATION / SYNERGY 5949; COMMITMENT / DEDICATION 6110; COMMUNICATION 6266; COMPARISON / COMPETITION 6435; COMPASSION / EMPATHY / KINDNESS 6536; COMPLACENCY 6804; COMPOSURE / PEACE / TRANQUILITY 6912; CONFIDENCE 7120; CONFLICT / OPPOSITION 7223; CONFORMITY 7386; CONGRUENCE / RESONANCE 7590; CONNECTION / INTERBEING / INTERDEPENDENCE 7741; CONSCIENCE 7999; CONTINUITY 8105; CONVICTION / PRINCIPLE 8316; COST 8421; COURAGE 8530; CREATIVITY / DISCOVERY / INNOVATION 8741; CRITICISM / JUDGMENT 8998; DANCE / MOVEMENT 9263; DARING / CHALLENGE 9368; DEATH / DYING 9526; DECISION / DECISIVENESS 9886; DEFEAT 9995; DEFERMENT / DELAY 10102; DELUSION 10325; DEPENDENCE 10631; DEPRESSION / DESPAIR / DISTRESS 10736; DESIRE 10841; DETACHMENT 11057; DETERMINATION / PERSISTENCE / RESOLVE 11155; DIFFERENTIATION / DIVISION / SEPARATION 11355; DILIGENCE 11565; DIRECTION 11672; DISCIPLINE 11776; DISCLOSURE / VERACITY 11881; DISPATCH 12100; DISTRACTION / DIVERSION 12152; DIVERSITY / MULTIPLICITY 12306; DREAMS / DREAMING 12513; ELOQUENCE / POETRY 12818; ENGAGEMENT / INTEGRATION / INVOLVEMENT 12869; ENJOYMENT / PLEASURE 13026; ENLIGHTENMENT / REALIZATION / TRANSCENDENCE 13192; EQUANIMITY 13392; ETHICS / MORALITY 13655; EVIL 13812; EXAMPLE 13963; EXPECTATION / HOPE 14065; EXPEDIENCE 14220; EXPERIENCE 14273; EXPLORATION 14435; EXPRESSION 14590; FAILURE / ERROR 14697; FAITH 14955; FAULT 15114; FEAR 15273; FEELING / EMOTION 15429; FLEXIBILITY / FLOW / FLUX 15691; FOCUS / INTENTION 15848; FORGIVENESS 16058; FRIENDSHIP 16264; GIVING / SERVING 16519; GOAL / IDEAL / PURPOSE 16829; GOODNESS / VIRTUE 17095; GREED 17200; GRIEF / SORROW 17315; GROWTH / EXPANSION 17429; GUILT 17642; HABIT 17691; HAPPINESS / CONTENTMENT 17794; HASTE / IMPATIENCE 18058; HATE 18167; HAVING / POSSESSING 18278; HEALTH / HEALING 18448; HUMILITY / MODESTY 18908; HUMOR / LAUGHTER 19021; IDEA / OPINION 19229; IDENTITY 19397; IMAGINATION 19555; IMPERMANENCE 19710; INACTION 19928; INDIVIDUALITY 20033 ; INDULGENCE / TEMPTATION 20292 ; INFLUENCE / EFFECT 20407; INGENUITY 20761; INITIATIVE 20814; INNOCENCE 20866; INSANITY 20973; INSECURITY / RISK 21085; ; INSIGHT / INSTINCT / INTUITION 21247; INSPIRATION 21458; INTEGRITY 21557; INTROSPECTION / SELF-KNOWLEDGE 21818; JEALOUSY / ENVY 22038; JOURNEY / PATH 22149; LAZINESS 22421; LEARNING 22519; LEGACY 22830; LIBERATION / LIBERTY / FREEDOM 22989; LIFE / LIVING 23310; LILA / LEISURE (PLAY - yg) 23471; LIMITATION 23688; LISTENING 24005; LITTLE 24113; LOGOS 24332; LONELINESS 24545 ; LOQUACITY 24647; LOVE - AGAPE 24755; LOVE - EROS 25021; MANIFESTATION 25386; MEANING 25538; MEANS 25804; MEDITATION 25857 ; MEMORY 26160; MIND 26263; MODERATION 26517 ; MUSIC 26625; ONENESS / UNITY / WHOLENESS 26782; OPENNESS / RECEPTIVITY 27200; OPPORTUNITY 27353; OPPRESSION 27512; OPTIMISM / POSITIVISM 27562 ; PARADOX 27663; PARTNERSHIP / MARRIAGE 27778 ; PASSION 27987; PATIENCE 28145; PERSPECTIVE 28257; POLARITY / CONTRAST 28468 ; POSSIBILITY / POTENTIAL 28677; POWER 28950; PRACTICE 29158; PREPARATION / READINESS 29316 ; PRESENCE 29422; PRUDENCE 29858; QUESTIONING / DOUBT 29961; REALITY 30173; RECIPROCITY / REFLECTION 30393; REGRET 30712; RELATIONSHIP 30764; RELATIVITY 31015; RELEASE 31176; RENEWAL 31434; RESPECT 31634; RESPONSIBILITY 31684 ; RESTRAINT 31893; RETREAT / WITHDRAWAL 31997; REVENGE 32101; SEEKING 32201; SELF 32415; SELF-RELIANCE 32685; SENSIBILITY / SENSUALITY 32850; SEX / SEXUALITY 33059; SHADOW 33272; SILENCE / STILLNESS 33428; SIMPLICITY 33649; SINCERITY / AUTHENTICITY 33854; SKILL / TALENT / RESOURCES 34013; SOLITUDE 34171; SOLUTION 34442; SPIRITUALITY 34597; SPONTANEITY 34858; STRENGTH 34964; STRUGGLE 35079; SUBMISSION / SURRENDER 35187; SUCCESS 35291; SUFFERING 35442; SURVIVAL 35866; SYNTHESIS 35919; TACT / DISCRETION 36020; TEACHING 36130; THINKING / THOUGHT 36287; TIME 36550; TODAY 36765; TOLERANCE 36929; TRANSFORMATION 37038; TRUST 37184; TRUTH 37286; UNCONSCIOUS / SUBCONSCIOUS 37618; UNDERSTANDING 37717; VALUE / WORTH 37827; VICE 38038; VISION / VISUALIZATION 38087; WAR / AGGRESSION / VIOLENCE 38355; WEALTH / PROSPERITY 38566; WISDOM 38779; WONDER / MYSTERY 38997; WORK 39257; WORRY 39514; ZEAL / ZEST 39673.
Each time I open the book there are messages of wisdom that feel uncannily perfect for me, addressing current situations and concerns. And because the author has consciously selected quotes that speak to the potential within the individual, they stimulate the wisdom that lies dormant within us, resonating with the seeds that are already there. Each time I read the selection of quotes on any given subject, I walk away feeling empowered and inspired.
It's quite extraordinary when one thinks of the transmission of these seeds of wisdom, which take root and create positive "fruits of the spirit." It's like having an entire council of wise elders at one's fingertip, available for powerfully transforming advice at every moment.
This is one of the best investments of $50 I can imagine. This is a book that everyone should own as a life-long reference, no matter what age or point in one's life journey. I plan to give it to my nephew for his high school graduation, knowing it will provide guidance for him as he embarks on his own. And it's a wonderful resource for finding meaningful quotes to share with friends.