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The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski

The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Benjamin , Dwayne Eutsey
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When you seek salvation from this stressed out, uptight world, there’s only one man to go to for guidance—the Dude. At once helpful, funny and profound (like The Big Lebowski itself), this survival guide from the founders of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude and their top disciples shows how to be as Dude-like as the Dude (well, almost):

•Secrets of sacred Dudeist practices
•The Seven Spiritual Laws of Taking it Easy
•Great Dudes who changed the world (without really trying)
•New feminist philosophy for special ladies
•The Way of the Dude applied to politics, ethics and finances
•A 12-step program for personal dudevolution
•The science of really tying your room together

All this and a lot more what-have-you. So the next time life throws you a gutterball, just pick up this book and ask, “What Would the Dude Do?” It’s your answer for everything.

About the Author

Oliver Benjamin founded The Church of the Latter-Day Dude in 2005. His website,, features Lebowski-related news, fan discussions, and art inspired by the movie. Raised on In-N-Out Burgers in Southern California he now lives in Thailand, a place where, in Dude-like fashion, people wear flip-flops even with formal wear. Dwayne Eutsey serves as the Arch Dudeship of the church and founded its monastic order, The Brotherhood Shamus. He is a writer/editor abiding near a nice, quiet beach community in Maryland with his wife and three children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1144 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1569759766
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (9 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DXR66U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations 19 Sep 2013
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This book is marvellous;
a book for it's time and place; wise, self-critical, use of the language borrowed from the Cohen's classic film unprecedented, funny, clever, thorough, witty, God damn witty; read-it-again- I -certainly-shall kind of a book. I have read few books in relation to The Big Lebowski but this one stands out as the very best. Top shelf, man. My only concern would be for the readers who grab it but are not familiar with the film. I may seem too esoteric to them. So watch it beforehand and enjoy this true gem then. I hope this book will find many keen readers in years to come, its wisdom is kind of urgent to assimilate for this crooked world we live in. Hurry up to take it easy, man!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to just taking it easy :) 15 Aug 2011
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As an active member of the Dudeist community I've been waiting a while for this book to be finished and released. I was a little apprehensive before reading it, not knowing what the balance between The Big Lebowski (TBL) and non-Lebowskiian Dudeist concepts would lie within.

I was pleasantly surprised that there was a good mix, and the concepts as presented within about TBL are actually quite insightful and aren't bandied about too much for no good reason.

The first part of the book is a wonderful deconstruction of TBL shedding light on some concepts I'd never dwelled on myself, giving me a few new things to mull over and maybe an extra life lesson or two to take away, as well as some new insights into society as a whole.

The second part take a look at a more broader part of Dudeism, encompassing many things from history and modern society that help tie Dudeism together so nicely with our core ethos. Merging parts of other religions and philosophies with social movements and people who exemplify different aspects of what we're all about it goes some way to moving Dudeism away from seeming like just some "movie cult" as it can often be perceived.

The third and final part looks at you, the reader, and how you yourself can learn to take it easier and truly abide with yourself and the world around you. This is really the true "guide to abiding" of The Abide Guide. With a little help from some other key figures in the Dudeist movement the authors explore how to attune yourself to the nature of your inner Dude in a near-parody of a self-help guide.

I certainly enjoyed it a lot, and look forward to further books on the subject that help to further flesh out what's been started here. An all-round great introduction to Dudeism and becoming more Dude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have to ask! 11 Jan 2012
By Raznic
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You need to be a certain kind of individual to appreciate this guide. A good start, well probably essential, is to watch "The Big Lebowski."

Having done that, preferably a few times, you'll start to get the hang of what this book is trying to say.

If you enjoy a chill, a white russian, and just generally lazing, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book really ties my philosophy together. 13 Aug 2011
By 4CornersDude - Published on
Though THE ABIDE GUIDE is classified as a self-help book, it could easily fall under religion, comedy, history, or philosophy. Within the first several pages it is apparent that much research and knowledge of older religion was required for the translation to Dudeism, though this book hit the nail on the head as far as an updated belief system for it's place and time. I found many lessons in the pages of The Abide Guide that pertain to my life everyday, however I believe the most important piece of advice on the path to just takin it easy is contained in the chapter "DUDERS UNANIMOUS: A 12-Step Program to Dudevolution." I believe #8, "Be Dude to everyone you meet," has been the main step that has helped to improve my daily interactions the most even before I knew of Dudeism. I also believe that #8 is the quickest path to a sense of Abiding. It should be #1. But that's just, like, my opinion man. The Abide Guide is a great read even for those that know nothing of The Big Lebowski or Dudeism as the authors take a scene by scene translation that stands on its own without prior knowledge of either. This book is more than just an interesting read but a wise investment. ABIDE.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It tied it all together 20 Jun 2012
By RevGMS - Published on
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The Abide guide was a fun and entertaining read, using humor and wit to convey some deeper ideas for appreciating life, and checking what condition our condition is in. Explaining its connection to the movie and philosophies from the past, it also makes its connection to the present day. With our current state of financial crisis and seemingly endless wars, its good to know there are some Dudes out there taking it easy for us sinners. Maybe the Abide Guide can help you find your inner Dude.

There is a playfulness to the serious truth it conveys, not taking its self too seriously it asks us to consider how over consumption and over reaction can put our well being and world in peril. Reminding us life is full of strikes and gutters, but through it all the Dude abides. And that is cool man.

I would highly recommend this book for its humor and insight.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 Sep 2011
By jawttw - Published on
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Anyone that loves the big lebowski will love took! However the best part of this book are the outstanding,creative and true to life illustrations!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guide for its time and place. 15 Oct 2011
By jth2d - Published on
Friends, Dudesists, internets, lend me your beers.
Odds are that if you have gotten to this page, not only have you seen the Big Lebowski, but you've probably also heard of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude (Dudeism.) If not, I urge you to check both out and acquire this book. THE ABIDE GUIDE serves partially as a cliff notes for The Big Lebowski, giving information about the philosophical undertones of the renowned Coen Brothers flick, and as a self-improvement volume. But it's more than that--THE ABIDE GUIDE casts its lens on politics, economics, philosophy, and history; telling us how Dudeness molded modern thinking. I dig the work, fabulous stuff, man.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living like the Dude 28 Dec 2012
By Kristine Dukes - Published on
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Nothing is more needed in this day and age then guidance in how to live in the chaos and be peaceful with it. The dude has it right man.
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