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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hay House (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973275324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973275322
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The book is about finding out what is truly important to your real spiritual self rather than being inundated with material possessions.” Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)

"A captivating story that teaches as it delights.” Paulo Coelho

“[Its] principles have been fascinating and there were shared principles from writers such as Robin Sharma and Deepak Chopra. How does all that impact on a game of rugby? I can’t answer that. All I know is it’s enough to help me to proceed in a way that makes me happy enough to go out there and be proud of who I am and what I hope I can bring to this team.” Jonny Wilkinson

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wisdom to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Peace

This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to: Develop Joyful Thoughts, Follow Our Life's Mission and Calling, Cultivate Self-Discipline and Act Courageously, Value Time as Our Most Important Commodity, Nourish Our Relationships, and Live Fully, One Day at a Time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Steven Unwin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
I confess that I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. I read it on holiday and began by expecting and hoping to read an insightful story. For the first few pages this seemed to be the case, however the book then changed direction.

In many ways the author of a book designed to help people change, what are often termed `self-help' books, faces a dilemma. For the help to be successful it has to be self-help, that is it has to come from within the reader. The use of stories or parables that awaken understanding in the reader derive their power in this way. However after reading the story the reader is then left with the question of what to do with this awakened understanding; how do they actually change?

The alternative approach is to provide a change instruction manual which prescribes changes in the hope that these then create change from which new understanding will follow. The danger here is that unless understanding is changed, the result is the mindless application of prescribed rituals, or the rejection of them.

This book attempts to bridge these two approaches. It begins with the story of a lawyer forced to re-evaluate life following a major heart attack. However this story quickly becomes a rather simple framework for what is largely a monologue describing a set of self-change techniques.

At the point where the book transitions from a story to an instruction guide I almost gave up on the book, but was later glad that I didn't. I found the pretext of the story strained almost to breaking point, but suggest that if this is overlooked the second half of the book contains some powerful advice for personal change.
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By Sally Wilton VINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
It is a fact that of the thousands of thoughts we have every day 95% are regurgitated from the day before? How bad is that?

I was swapped this book and had no clue what it was about. It starts in a court room where an older overweight lawyer drops down with a massive heart attack. He goes away somewhere and years later returns looking younger, fitter and happier than ever. His old colleague wants to know the secret.

At this apex in the book it looked pretty downhill to me as I realised at this point that it was clearly a self help book and not a murder mystery as I had hoped. Luckily I stuck with it and night after night learnt quite a few tips which I think are rather good.

To live, as the book suggests in peaceful harmony, would require the reader to become a tibetan monk, but you don't have to take it all on board. It is possible to pick and choose and all the ideas are a good way to live anyway.

To clear your mind - I like the suggestion that every night you write or reflect on the positive things that have occurred during the day. Then plan to build on them the following day. This has a very therapeutic effect and the good thing is that the positive thoughts do not have to be major events. Smelling a rose, seeing a sunset, a pleasant conversation are all to be included. There are many other ideas of this ilk which we can all learn from.

Towards the end of the book the author tells the story of a Selfish Giant in India. I cannot help but be suspicious about the source of this story as it is exactly the same as the Selfish Giant from England as told by Oscar Wilde. I don't know who plagarised who's story but someone is not really that truthful. I do hope that our dear Oscar can still be held in high esteem.
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Format: Paperback
This book is drivel of the most exploitative kind. It's written in such a way that the reader is made to feel that what's contained within its pages actually happened but Julian Mantle and John are fictional characters in the mind of someone who doesn't give a stuff about the people he's supposedly reaching out to. It's really ALL about him. A rubbishy writer who conversely can now afford the very things this Mantle character was supposed to have tired from and was more than happy to give up. I wonder if Mr Sharma would live the dream he's propounding by renouncing his worldly possessions and go off to some mountainous area to find his spiritual centre? Call me psychic, I doubt it.

Create a scenario whereby people who have been made to feel inferior about themselves in some ways, feel even worse ie the sense that they are missing out on something which these types can provide through their 'teachings.' Then create a character who has given everything up to go and find inner peace and we have the basis for an American bestseller and on a worrying level, an ever increasingly popular product over here in the UK. This makes the reader feel they too will be happy to give things up and so they buy into this industry and in doing so they pay a terrible price.

More and more people seem to have a need to follow someone else, anyone else it would seem. These authors however are just like us, no better and no worse but they market themselves in such a way that a needy person will come along, look up to them and say "you know what, I want what they have" when in reality, they have no secret wisdom or different enlightenment status. And so it is born. These charlatans soon attain almost a God-like status among their readership, whereby they can say and do no wrong.
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