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The Monk who sold his Ferrari - Robin S. Sharma

Posted by Gina Schwartz on April 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

The Monk who sold his Ferrari

After a heart attack nearly kills him, a high-powered lawyer treks to India to learn how to live a more meaningful life. Months later, he returns to the West and recounts the story of seven principles and practices that can help anyone experience true happiness.

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My Take

I half expected this book to be on of those new age fables that are so popular nowadays like "Who Moved My Cheese" and "Fish for Life" all fancy and sweet but not telling you anything that i did not know.  THis novel however is very very different - it preaches the same message but in a very real way.

All of us know that we should eat better and exercise and get less stressed out.  THat we should spend more time with our families and with God and that if we did that our lieves would be happier, richer and more fulfilled.  We know that doing these things which are basic and would be eaily done if we would commit to it would improve our lives but we find it hard to do them.  I think the reason that we find these things difficutl is because we have no tangible evidence of these promised changes. 

In this novel the author puts forward a real example - an overworked lawyer on the brink of disease with destructive relationships and a very poor attitude to life and is able to demonstrate to the reader the effects that these changes have had on his lifestyle, his appearance and his approach to the rest of his life.

Of course Julian has madde some very severe changes many of which would be difficult to incorporate into a regular working, family lifestyle but the author is able to show us that even we might be able to have some of his success by making the smallest changes in our lives.

This lovely story is already on my reread list for 2013.

Rating 4.5 Stars

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