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The Life You Were Born to Live: Finding Your Life Purpose Hardcover – Sep 1993


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  • Hardcover: 468 pages
  • Publisher: H J Kramer; First Printing edition (Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915811456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915811458
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Synopsis

Tells how to determine one's Pythagorean birth number and use it to find a new direction and meaning, improve relationships, find a fulfilling career, determine children's talents, and clarify issues of health, finance, and sex.

From the Author

Why I wrote this book.
Clearly, The Life You Were Born to Live is my most controversial book -- most readers find it extemely accurate -- a few, for reasons I can't begin to explain, find it personally offensive. Let's deal with the core issue: How can adding up the numbers in one's date of birth (on the Gregorian calendar) to determine your "birth number" possibly give valid, reliable, accurate information about your life purpose, potential, and the core issues of your life? It makes no sense. And I can't explain in any kind of scientific or even logical way how it works. AND it is an amazingly accurate method. All I can do is point to the mystery and mechanics of this universe. I was trained in the basics over a decade ago by an unusual man. I worked with individuals for nine years before teaching the system to therapists and others; finally, I wrote the book.

I wrote it to help my readers develop a deeper compassion for themselves and for others -- to convey how we ea! ch and all have our own mountain to climb.

It is not based on the commonly-known "oracle effect" where one gives general information and the reader somehow makes it fit his or her situation--most people agree it hits the nail pretty much on the head.

You are not a number -- you are a unique human being, not exactly alike any one else on the planet. But just as no individual tree is exactly like any other tree on earth, we can accurately observe qualities of oak trees that are different from pines, or aspens, or maples. Just so, those working one of the 37 life paths (for this century), even though their outer lives, careers, etc may appear quite different, do have issues and qualities in common.

It's good to read my book(s) or any books with healthy skepticism, but also with an open mind. Those who glance at it (without much self-reflection or insight) and shrug it off as "numerology" are missing the point, and missing the boat. I've never had muc! h interest in numerology -- it seemed a bit vague to me. T! hen I met this man, learned the system, worked with it, and found it extremely useful as a tool of self-knowledge. There you have it. I challenge anyone who read page four, find out how to derive your birth number, and then read the first few paragraphs of the section about your life path. Have a good journey. . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Claire on 24 Jun 2002
Format: Paperback
I learnt the basics of numerology some years ago and whilst not understanding why it worked have used it as a tool of insight. When I picked up this book and bought it I had no idea until I got it home that there was any association with birhtdates at all. This book has served to instil even more faith in the significance of birthdates in life lessons. Those who cannot accept what they read may find that the issue is something they've either moved past through growth or are yet to accept about themselves. The book is a tool I will continue to use. Claire - 34/7
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Whe Warrilow on 25 May 2004
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I picked this book up whilst browsing in a bookstore; I almost put it straight back on the shelf when I realized it was "numerology" (i.e. hokum in my experience); but on impulse, I kept on reading; and in thirty minutes I was riveted. I cannot explain HOW this works; but there is an uncanny accuracy to the insights this book reveals. I found myself with a wry grin recognizing very specific, very pertinent themes that were congruent with my experience. I have now bought the book, as I feel it might prove very helpful in understanding my wife, my children and others' life tasks. Don't let your cynicism stop you reading this book; pick it up, apply its method, and let your heart judge its value. I think you will be (pleasantly!) surprised...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sep 1998
Format: Paperback
I got this book 3 years ago during a time when I did not want to see many home truths that were blatantly obvious to all but myself. I read it then and almost threw it out the back door. However, I am mighty pleased with myself for keeping it. I now realise how ignorant I was then.
After much growth and acceptance of my past and present personal experiences, I have read this book again and have seen the messages in a different light.
It was not easy to see the truths of myself but I have no doubt that I am here to learn lessons in this lifetime. For all the things that has happened to me, I have jumped tremendous hurdles in my 25 years so far. I work with many people who lack clarity of direction in life now and I see a trend in what the theories in this book offer.
I thoroughly recommend this book to one and all, however I hope that we all know well enough that there is nothing on earth that gives us all the answers. There is no black and white, only shades of gray. Be wary of taking this in place of a bible cos, that would be a dishonour to the author. See it for what it is and take the coloured glasses off. Perhaps then we can have a better view of where we are and why we are here.
This book does not make the whole equation. The balance come from us knowing who we are appreciating ourselves for being us. We are who we make ourselves to be. It is our destiny to use the tools given to us to help us be who we are meant to be. Everyone is given different tools. It is up to us to decide if whe make us of it. It will become clear if we open ourselves without judgement.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
I would not normally even approach such a book, if it were not lent to me by someone whom I trust and admire so much.
I consider myself a skeptic, but found the information given incredibly accurate, and specific.
This book is a little unsettling as it does not fit with my understanding of the universe. I deny neither the rational nor the mystical, yet this book's placing between the two was uncomfortable for me. It is beyond my understanding that what seem such arbritary divisions of people can be so squarely and accurately categorized. But if the universe fitted entirely with my dull and tiny understanding, there would be no life either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tazz Rainbow VINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after minutes of flicking through it in a book store. It was exactly what I was looking for at that point in my life. I even paid full price for it which is something I never do with books, but I had to have it, now !!!

I did the numerology thing, bearing in mind I know about the concepts of numerology but have always thought it was a load of crud, until I read this book. What is said about me was so accurate it was scary !! It had me down to a 't' including pointing some things out to me which I was ignoring about myself.

The next step then is to learn your lessons which are laid out in the book. Unfortunately I found the lessons just the same as in any other self help book. And having the low attention span that I do, I gave up very quick. I expected this book to show me how to solve my life issues. But being the number I am, I was warned by the book that I expect all my answers outside of myself, chasing each teacher rather than believing I already know the solutions. So part of the time at work I try to remember to ask myself; "What if I knew the answer already?", and I'm impressed that I come up with a creative solution to problems. So the book did help me there. I just wish the lessons would have been more exciting rather than the same drone in every other self help book. I think the author should do number workshops, a workshop only for 7's for example.

All-in-all, this is great to learn something new about yourself. I just wish I could have gone further after the initial "wow".
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