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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: H J Kramer; New edition edition (27 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091581160X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915811601
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. . .

About the Author

Dan Millman, a former world-champion athlete and college professor, is the author of numerous books, including "Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior, The Life You Were Born to Live, The Laws of Spirit," and "The Journeys of Socrates." His writings have inspired millions of readers in more than thirty languages.
Dan teaches worldwide, sharing realistic ways to live with a peaceful heart and warrior spirit, transforming everyday life into a path of personal and spiritual growth. His work has influenced men and women from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, entertainment, sports, and the arts.


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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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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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By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2000
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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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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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This book was recommended recently by a friend in Sidney, I borrowed it and couldn't put it down. Somehow it was a best seller over there and it took me a couple of weeks to get hold off my own copy!
I can just say that I completely agree with the statements of "A reader from Nashville", "Joy", "Leila" & "A reader from New Zealand"!
Although I'm a sceptic mostly, I'm a firm believer that numerology is of the - if not the - most accurate way of describing the path etc. of a person. Dan M.'s book is based on the life path aspects of numerology with some differences, such as "adding" "10" & "12" numbers. It is still uncanny how accurate it was in depicting my number (I couldn't say if it's exactly as accurate as numerology, or even slightly more so!) and I'm convinced that "J. Balbirnie" will see exactly what I mean when the time comes. Dan M. says himself at the end of his book, that one reader wrote to him, first thinking his book was rubbish, it however ended up making a lot of sense to him a few years down the path!
Excellent reading, I highly recommend it!
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By A Customer on 18 July 2001
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I have to agree with most of the others - this is uncanny. As I was born by c-section I didn't think it would apply to me but it does. When I read the section on my numbers I couldn't believe it - it summed up exactly what I'm going through - a perfect description of my life to date. As yet the jury is still out on whether it will help me to live "the life I was born to live", I'll get back to you on that one.
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