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The World is Made of Stories [Paperback]

David R. Loy
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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S. (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861716159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861716159
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Packs a lot into a little 14 Feb 2013
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If you want something short about stories, life, and what you gain by thinking of life as a story, and if you don't want to spend too long on it, then this book is excellent. Not a book which tries to tell you what to think or how to live, this scores very well in terms of insights per page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun and evocative read 25 Sep 2010
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I enjoyed this new book by David Loy, but first let me explain what this book is not:

It is not a systematic look into the nature of narrative and meaning.
It is not a philosophical tome with tight argumentation.

If the reader is expecting this he or she will be disappointed.

This book is very brief (just 100 pages, it can easily be read in two sittings), and serves more as a buffet of ideas about the nature of life, story, meaning, and enlightenment, that are highly, even contagiously suggestive. In fact a good portion of the book is composed of quotations from various thinkers and writers.

There are no definite conclusions drawn here, it is more of a springboard for further thought, discussion.

It is a fun and enlightening read, and because of its structure and brevity it might be ideal for a book discussion group as well.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What occupies our thoughts, controls our lives 2 Oct 2010
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David Loy's book is one of those rare finds that can be read over and over again for its deep abiding relevance and deceptively simple wisdom. I received the book yesterday along with 10 others on various topics. I was drawn to Loy's book initially by its size - a mere 103 pages - and began reading a few pages. I finished it in 4 hours. Afterward, I felt more intellectually and spiritually refreshed, more informed, and more transformed than if I had read a much longer and more familiar book on the human experience. I will most assuredly read it again...and again. I teach leadership and management on the university level. I continually emphasize the under-appreciated power of storytelling. David Loy elevates and celebrates it for what it really is...the reality upon which we build and destroy worlds - both individual and collective. The stories - the narrative - we tell ourselves is what occupies our thoughts and compels our actions. Loy asks us in very subtle commentaries on a host of quotes from thinkers both famous and obscure what are the stories that control our lives. I rarely review books on Amazon, but this book is one that needs to be shared...a story that NEEDS to be told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special book 24 Nov 2010
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This book will change your perspective on how you and others view the world. Best of all, it might help you choose the right stories for you and let go of the ones that just aren't important. My two daughters are too young to read or understand this book but I'm ordering copies for them now to give them for when they're old enough in hope that it answers some big questions they will have. It's a very special book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quotes about stories and myths 8 Dec 2010
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This is a very deep book, dense with concepts even though it is relatively short (103 pages not including the preface, index, and acknowledgements). It consists of short quotes from various authors, philosophers, and famous people regarding stories and myths, each followed by a paragraph or two of the author's commentary. The commentary ties the quotes together in an attempt to show that "the world is made of stories" and what that implies to us. He does this from a Buddhist perspective, but in an intelligent and gentle way that never beat me over the head with it.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It contains more ideas than you would guess from its small size. While not a Buddhist, I thoroughly enjoyed Loy's perspective on stories as the atoms that make up everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Delightful 4 Feb 2012
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This little book of diverse quotes, and Loy's narrative interludes, weaving and tying the theme of finding our voice, telling our stories and making our meaning (wrestling it from the cold reality of modern sensibilities and primordial vastness....) within the delicate balance of appearance and emptiness, illusion and experience, is delightful. Poetic and yet specific enough to clearly hit home, this is a quick read, easy to understand, yet rewarding to repeat visits. It is playful and profound, and perhaps most importantly, encouraging.
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