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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (30 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857883233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883237
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"A tremendous resource for anyone seeking a bite-sized look at the philosophies of many self-help legends, including sacred scriptures of different traditions. Because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both" --Stephen R Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"This is an exceptional and diverse collection for anyone interested in understanding the possibilities of the self" --Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of Mindfulness

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WINNER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS
Benjamin Franklin Self-Help Award 2004 and the Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award 2004

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Moses VINE VOICE on 12 Mar 2004
Format: Paperback
This is *the* best book on the subject of self help, or indeed human existence for that matter.
The wealth of ideas is inspiring. It also acts as a perfect guide to further reading . There's background about each of the authors, the main points of their books are summarised and there's also a commentary. It's all written in an authoritative style (I immediately trusted the author) but it's told engagingly (as if it's told to you by a wise-but-trusted friend).
Buying self-help books can be a daunting task in itself. This book has guided me to books that I have loved including:
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck
(I'm also looking forward to reading Iron John by Robert Bly and Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Emerson!)
It has helped me avoid books that I would not enjoy, but even then I have been entertained and enlightened by Tom Butler-Bowdon description of them. I might not agree with what they have to say, but I find it helpful to know what they have said. I'm thinking particularly of John Gray's Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus here.
Self-help books often get a bad press and it is true that not all of them are helpful. However, I think it's the duty of all individuals to learn as much about themselves and other people as they can. Why neglect all the great ideas just because they are written down?
This book should be given to every adult in the land. You learn about chemistry, physics, maths and geography at school but you are rarely prepared for how to interact with others, how even to live your life. This book is a gift for those looking for direction, reassurance or guidance.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan 2006
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In both this volume and in 50 Success Classics, Butler-Bowdon has selected and then provided a rigorous examination of carefully selected works which have had, for decades, a profound impact on those who read them and then applied the principles which their respective authors affirm. In this instance, inspiration and guidance to transform one's life. There are several reasons why I hold this volume in such high regard. Here are three.
First, Butler-Bowdon has assembled excerpts and focused on key points from a wide variety of works which include (with authors listed in alphabetical order, as in the book), Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, Robert Bly's Iron John, Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers' The Power of Myth, Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler's The Art of Happiness, Wayne Dyer's Real Magic, Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Abraham Maslow's Motivation and Personality, Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul, Joseph Murphy's The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Obviously, some of this material would also be appropriate for inclusion in 50 Success Classics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Luff TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2003
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As a great lover of Self-help books, this book covers great books in all major self-help categories. The Author has placed the 50 titles into very useful sub-categories. Then there are the actual summaries themselves, which are extremely useful. I was also thinking this..... 'the author of this book is living proof that self-help books do work'. Tom's come up with a
great idea. I'm sure he'll be back with more. There are titles of older books that are centuries old and can be bought for under £2.00.
So far I've bought 'following your own North Star' which is a lovely book. 'Awaken the Giant Within' is 'THE NUMBER ONE ACTIVATOR BOOK'. If you keep searching and searching waiting for the ultimate book to get you fired up, I found 'Awaken the Giant Within' just Perfect. I preceeded this one with "The Power of the Sub-Conscious Mind" by Joseph Murphy. The author's little review on this was spot on. Thereby bypassing what might be off-putting from the Amazon negative reviews about references to the Bible, this book is "THE NUMBER ONE BOOK ABOUT THE IMPRINTING ON THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND". I was really unfocused about my daily habitual repetitions in my conscious mind and the impact that has on our lives. We create our own reality with our every thoughts. Now I'm far more alert. Enjoy Tom's great book.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alasdair B. Gordon on 13 Oct 2004
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As a self-help "guru" I was delighted to come on this book just after it was published. It is treasure trove indeed for anyone interested at all in self help - or even someone who is a little sceptical. Although a self help enthusiast himself, the author is both crtical and fair minded and ranges over an amazing list ranging from the ancient, the sacred, the traditional and the modern. He points out the strengths and limits of each writer and gives a synopsis. My own copy of the book is already dog eared with use. As a bonus, he also gives another fifty writers with a brief outline of their writing in an appendix. A super book. Let's have volume 2 sometime!
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