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de Kent M. Keith (Autor), Spencer Johnson (Pròleg)

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These ten timeless principles were first articulated by the author when he was a student at Harvard in the nineteen sixties. Since then, they've traveled around the world and back again-usually with no attribution at all. They've been cited as an anonymous poem on more than eighty websites; appropriated as song lyrics; quoted in books and by business leaders; circulated by organizations from the Boy Scouts to the Special Olympics; and tacked to the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta. It was upon learning about this last appearance that Kent Keith was moved to put his commandments, the philosophy behind them, and the stories that bring them to life into this modern credo for living well, being happy, and doing good anyway.… (més)
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Títol:Anyway: The Paradoxical C0ommandments: Finding Personal Meaning in aCrazy World
Autors:Kent M. Keith (Autor)
Altres autors:Spencer Johnson (Pròleg)
Informació:Berkley (2004), Edition: Reprint, 144 pages
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I have quite a few of what I call "self-help" or "inspirational" type books. Most tend to be short reads and usually a lot of the same themes. I found this book to be much better than most. All the premises of the Paradoxical commandments are that by doing good and doing whats right you may not get any recognition or rewards but just do it anyway. I found this to be a better point of view. People that are genuine don't need applause and reward but rather the act of giving are doing are reward enough in itself. The book is short and a quick read but I think it's very worthwhile and will probably be a book you may want to read more than once. ( )
  realbigcat | Oct 24, 2008 |
Ever wondered why you’re here? Or thought it’s not worth trying anymore, the Earth’s a hole anyway? I have. That’s why I picked up this book. I’ve never really been into self-help books, but this one is very short, so I chose it - I read it in three hours. Short and simple it may be, but it’s a great book and everyone should read it. If everyone did, there would be no greed, spite, jealousy, revenge or any desire for personal glory that generally leads to all these fucked up things.

Kent M. Keith claims that if you live by these Commandments, you will not need recognition of the good you achieve; it’s the personal meaning and satisfaction that we get from this good that is worth more than all the applause in the world. He explains the infinite benefits of unconditional love, of being good, honest and frank, of listening to your heart, of helping grumpy, smelly old men that spew up their food as soon as they’ve eaten it and of giving life everything you’ve got, despite your chances of getting kicked in the teeth for all these efforts. In short, this book is inspiration to be the best person you can, despite the fact that it might be to no avail. That’s the paradox. Despite what we all think, abandoning our search for success and recognition in our respective fields and beginning our journey to simply be honest, good-natured people, will give us the meaning in our lives that we all secretly yearn for.

This is not the first time the Paradoxical Commandments have been seen in this world. In fact, they were written over 30 years ago, by the same author and about twenty five years later, were found in a book about Mother Teresa. They had been stuck on the wall in one of Mother Teresa’s homes in Calcutta, to be read and remembered by all her children. These Commandments establish principles that the followers of this saintly woman thought worthy of sticking on their wall! If that doesn’t tell you that this book will help you, then you must think you’re perfect.

The Paradoxical Commandments can be found on the net but without this book, which explains the philosophy and experiences behind the creation of them, the benefits are only half reaped. This book is an eye opener, and if you like a book that makes you think, it’s perfect for you.

PS. You will notice I have said nothing bad about this book. That’s because there is nothing bad to say. It is the most brilliant book I have read in years.

This review was originally published in On Dit, the student newspaper of Adelaide University. ( )
  RyanPaine | Sep 7, 2008 |
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These ten timeless principles were first articulated by the author when he was a student at Harvard in the nineteen sixties. Since then, they've traveled around the world and back again-usually with no attribution at all. They've been cited as an anonymous poem on more than eighty websites; appropriated as song lyrics; quoted in books and by business leaders; circulated by organizations from the Boy Scouts to the Special Olympics; and tacked to the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta. It was upon learning about this last appearance that Kent Keith was moved to put his commandments, the philosophy behind them, and the stories that bring them to life into this modern credo for living well, being happy, and doing good anyway.

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