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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Spirit Scope Publishing (30 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984093095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984093090
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,766,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seth David Chernoff is a two-time cancer survivor, an award-winning author, a gifted public speaker, highly successful marketing professional and founder of multiple companies. He is the author of Manual For Living: REALITY, and his new book is Manual For Living: CONNECTION, A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Mechanics, Business Week, USA Today, and nationally and internationally on TV and Radio. For more information please visit http://www.SethChernoff.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 6 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Author David Chernoff writes in his Note to the Reader, that this book should be opened at random, or by making a choice from the table of contents that applies to one's life, and using a single chapter at a time to guide us in our present need, instead of reading the book from cover to cover and trying to absorb every subject at once. Because "Manual for Living, Book One:::Reality" is unique in its scope, covering so many topics that vitally concern our life, this approach makes a lot of sense, and it's how I will use this book in the future, when needing special guidance in certain areas. Obviously for reviewing purposes, I read all of it, and it can become weighty as each chapter concerns issues that matter most as we go through life, especially if we are facing the final journey, have a loved one who is, or are going through a season of reversal or transition.

Chernoff pulls no punches as he writes about the hard subjects: Death, illness, fear, our toxic environment, our perception of what is real, our finances and need to accumulate, the benefits of keeping life simple, dealing with change, living in the "now" and being grateful, and so much more. Chernoff has twice survived cancer, so he has lived his message, and has earned the right to mete out some tough love now and then, scattered throughout the pages of this wisdom-filled book.

I particularly like Chernoff's chapters dealing with finance. It is a subject often talked about, but few have ideas with the depth and sensibility found here. And money can ruin one's life, marriage, and break families apart. As Chernoff writes: "Until we master our relationship with money, we are held captive by an energy force far beyond our control and understanding, with freedom eternally beyond our reach." A perceptive light has been shed on the ebb and flow of life, caring for our mind, body, and soul, and our relationship with everything around us, in this excellent "Manual for Living."
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By Tony Swales on 3 Dec. 2012
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really Great book, read it from cover to cover. Good value considering it was free. Very interesting book and useful.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. LLOYD on 10 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
As with all self-help/motivational style books, any straightforward review will necessarily fall short without 'experiencing' the book as it is meant to be experienced. In this case, 'Manual For Living' is written in bite-sized clumps of wisdom meant to be dipped into as appropriate. Right from the start, as if to ward off book reviewers, the author warns against reading it straight through. Which, of course, is exactly what I proceeded to do.

The book seems to have many aims, but centrally it tries to build inner strength and positive perception of self within the reader. It reminds me of a Taoist or Buddhist wisdom book, although the lifestyle at the focus of the book appears to be that of a middle-aged American undergoing a midlife crisis.

The philosophical perspective is certainly quirky. I suspect that New Age Spirituality offers an integration of an underlying Christian tradition amalgamated with acceptable Eastern influences. In this book, nothing is entirely defined from a religious point of view, but there are concepts like reincarnation washing about alongside service to community and God. Perhaps this is a modern form of Gnosticism, although I also detected neo-Platonic ideas, too. It's like trying to make sense of a complicated wine from an unknown vineyard. The nearest I can place this vintage for comparison is Rudolf Steiner.

Again, without explicitly setting out the idea, the 'lessons' of each chapter would be good focus points for meditation. The author wants us to be conscious of the moment we are living in - to immerse ourselves in the present. He picks apart the treadmill of modern existence and offers, guru-like, an alternative vision of the perfect life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Manual for All Ages, All Stages of Life 6 April 2010
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Author David Chernoff writes in his Note to the Reader, that this book should be opened at random, or by making a choice from the table of contents that applies to one's life, and using a single chapter at a time to guide us in our present need, instead of reading the book from cover to cover and trying to absorb every subject at once. Because "Manual for Living, Book One:::Reality" is unique in its scope, covering so many topics that vitally concern our life, this approach makes a lot of sense, and it's how I will use this book in the future, when needing special guidance in certain areas. Obviously for reviewing purposes, I read all of it, and it can become weighty as each chapter concerns issues that matter most as we go through life, especially if we are facing the final journey, have a loved one who is, or are going through a season of reversal or transition.

Chernoff pulls no punches as he writes about the hard subjects: Death, illness, fear, our toxic environment, our perception of what is real, our finances and need to accumulate, the benefits of keeping life simple, dealing with change, living in the "now" and being grateful, and so much more. Chernoff has twice survived cancer, so he has lived his message, and has earned the right to mete out some tough love now and then, scattered throughout the pages of this wisdom-filled book.

I particularly like Chernoff's chapters dealing with finance. It is a subject often talked about, but few have ideas with the depth and sensibility found here. And money can ruin one's life, marriage, and break families apart. As Chernoff writes: "Until we master our relationship with money, we are held captive by an energy force far beyond our control and understanding, with freedom eternally beyond our reach." A perceptive light has been shed on the ebb and flow of life, caring for our mind, body, and soul, and our relationship with everything around us, in this excellent "Manual for Living."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
You won't go wrong with Manual for Living 25 Jun. 2010
By Kristin Wilkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to admit, within the first few pages of David Chernoff's Manual for Living, I almost put the book down because I sensed it was going to be full of New Age-ish feel-good catchphrases. I stuck it out when I hit the first chapter, "Death," which stated, "I am dying. You are dying...in fact we are all dying. Yes, we are. Right now in this very moment, we are dying."
Nope, I hung in there. I remained patient and kept reading...and, moments later, I was rewarded. I got to the section on "Fear of Death," which addresses whether fearing death achieves anything, whether we can honestly experience life if we're in constant fear of death, and, finally, what it is that we actually fear. This got my attention -- and the book held onto it from that point. It discusses the importance of living in the present, perception, simplicity, change, and balance, to name a handful.
For me, the most poignant and relevant sections of the book were those that dealt with releasing the past and not stressing over the future, in order to be "fully present to the magnificence of the moment."
This is a valuable book, one that you won't read once and leave sitting on your bookshelf. It is meant as more of a reference, a book you look to for guidance and encouragement to cut through the garbage so that you can be at peace with yourself (and those around you) and live your life to the fullest each day. You won't go wrong with Manual for Living, and it would be a wonderful and appropriate gift for someone who is stuck in a rut or dealing with difficult times.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Profound, Inspired yet simplistic... 17 Dec. 2010
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the type of book you will go back to over and over again to regain a perspective that's not necessarily what we know by default or should I say, as a result of society's faulty programming. It is by far one of the best, yet simplistic books I've read in a long time... on point, section by section, easy to read and grasp and at the same time, life changing! Too, this is not a religious book, but a book so profound with spiritual insights that you'll almost wonder why you didn't think of these truths... Thank you Seth for sharing your insights and journey with us so we can too come back to where we started!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I never thought of it that way... 13 Jun. 2010
By PT Cruiser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
David Chernoff, a two time cancer survivor and survivor of other physical ailments, has written a beautiful book of ideas for making our lives more meaningful and exploring that which lies beneath the surface in our minds. He tells us that he found joy through pain and suffering, both emotional and physical. He illustrates through stories and explanations how opportunities are endless when we choose to take risks and become present in our lives. His book is quite unique in that he truly thinks "outside the box" and makes us look at situations in a way that we may not have thought of before.

In the beginning of the book he says that the book, which is divided into fifteen chapters plus a conclusion, is not meant to be read in order. You can easily pick out a chapter that interests you and read that and then move on to any other one. Some of the titles of the chapters are: Death, Time, Illness, Fear, Simplicity, Balance and Happiness. They each begin with questions about the topic and sayings or quotes on the subject. That follows with the author's insights and ideas. He doesn't always answer all the questions, but gives us food for thought and a different way of looking at some of these topics.

I found the format very easy to read and interesting. It was a book I would pick up and read sometimes at odd moments, sometimes when I was troubled and needed to read about one of the topics. I often read the sections over again on different days. The book is filled with a lot of positive thoughts and inspiration. It's a different kind of book that's a little hard to classify, but one definitely worth reading.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Reading At The Beach: Reviews 23 Jun. 2010
By Vicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the "Note To Reader" section at the beginning of the book, the author states that the book is not designed to be read from cover to cover, but instead to be read one section at a time. He suggests that you choose a chapter from the table of contents or randomly open the book when you need intermittent guidance. What a unique idea!

Chernoff doesn't hold anything back, he talks of death, time, illness, fear, the environment, reality, balance, happiness, peace and more. At the beginning of each chapter there are a few questions so that you can think about how your own life relates to that subject. There is also a quote related to each topic.

I really enjoyed this book and think everyone could benefit from reading it.
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