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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (31 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780993161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780993164
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.6 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stafford Whitaker, who was a member of a Roman Catholic monastic community and lives now as a hermit, is the author of the world's best-selling book on retreats, The Good Retreat Guide, now in its 20th year and 6th new edition. There is an online version at which has over a million viewers annually. In addition he has written a number of other books, mainly about spirituality. His most recent book is Good Living in Hard Times to be published in 2012. Selections from his writing have been included in the Oxford University Index of the Usage of the English Language. He has considerable on-going media coverage for his work, including Time Magazine, US Today, BBC World Television, ITV Sunday Morning, Daily Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, The Independent, The European, The Times, The Sunday Times. In addition, he has appeared in many TV and radio programs and documentary films in Britain, Italy and Switzerland.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy A. Harrop on 1 Nov. 2012
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For any one seeking contentment and a way to improve their life style in inauspicious times reading Stafford's latest book is a great way to start. His messages are clear and unequivocal. If the spirit is whole, then health of mind and body are likely to follow. Some sort of spiritual (not necessarily religious in a narrow sense) awareness is essential to our well being and is to be nurtured and developed. In hope and love are to be found a promise of the eternal in our lives, while anger, lust and over consumption are the main pitfalls to finding fulfilment. De-cluttering ones life is essential. The importance of establishing roots, cutting back on distractions and focussing by concentrating on one thing at a time is also emphasised. We are persuaded of the benefits of fresh air, exercise, meditation. We should learn the creativity of doing nothing, free from a sense of guilt. We are drowning in expert opinions says the author, and we should seek to avoid the enslavement of too much choice in life or over consumption of the world's goods.The reader is advised how to love, how to cook, how to eat, how to use time creatively and, most importantly, how to play. We are warned off listening to or watching bad news, indulging in self pity and grumbling. All good stuff, no whimsy, just hard common sense and well put together. It is a pity that no one thought proof reading was important. Nevertheless, this is an admirable book and is highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. G. Didden on 23 Dec. 2012
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Wonderful read, very insightful, common sense prevails but sometimes we need reminding. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it anyone beginning their spiritual journey.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Urs Mattmann on 28 Oct. 2012
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Much praised spiritual author Stafford Whiteaker's latest book is another proof of his ability to see spirituality in a holistic context. Good Living in Hard Times explains how you can get the best from the life we have now and find a peacefulness that nobody can take away from us. The goal is to live a contended life no matter your present situation.

While Stafford Whiteaker is rooted in a mystic and progressive Christian faith journey, the book is written in a way that will also speak to men and women of differnet or no religious background. The book is very grounded as it looks at how finding good times in all aspects of life: work, play, food, sex, physical activity, spiritual practice and more.

The book contains practical suggestions which contain a great deal of spiritual wisdom. It is down to inspire us to make our lifes more content and yet has a global perspective where we are going as humanity and planet. While the book is accessable for people that are not used yet to read books with a self-help and spiritual content, it is still inspiring and opens up new angles for women and men who have done much personal development work.

Stafford wrote the book with the depth we have come to be used in his writing and also full of his humor and playfullnes, in all the economic difficulties and other threats our world is experiencing right now. To quote some of the last page of this book: "Do not be discouraged anymore for beind the suffering and darkness of this world, yet within your reach, is joy. You will be glad to be alive. This is to be awakened. Embrace it and be thankful because this life is the greatest of all gifts. (....) Here is where you will find that contentment which is the balanced union of mind, body and spirit.
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