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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Experiment LLC, The; 10th edition (17 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190249
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like its predecessors, "The Sage 's Tao Te Ching" opens our minds to the wisdom of our natural state and encourages us to accept and honor the inevitability of the wonder-filled grace of aging. Bill Martin deserves our humble gratitude for reacquainting us with our true selves.
from the foreword by Chungliang Al Huang

Let this gem of a book and the wisdom it imparts enfold every aspect of your being. Whatever time you have remaining on this planet will be immensely enriched.
David McNally, author of "Even Eagles Need a Push"


"Here is wisdom that is beauty and beauty that is wisdom. William Martin's final book of his "Tao Te Ching" trilogy is a masterpiece. It illuminates all the unexplored potentials inherent in the second half of life and eases the mind into each one. Powerful, lyrical, insightful, "The Sage's Tao Te Ching" is a guide that will lead your heart gently and surely to 'life itself.'"
--Hugh and Gayle Prather, authors of "The Little Book of Letting Go"

"Let this gem of a book and the wisdom it imparts enfold every aspect of your being. Whatever time you have remaining on this planet will be immensely enriched."
--David McNally, author of "Even Eagles Need a Push"

"Like its predecessors, "The Sage's Tao Te Ching" opens our minds to the wisdom of our natural state and encourages us to accept and honor the inevitability of the wonder-filled grace of aging. Bill Martin deserves our humble gratitude for reacquainting us with our true selves."
--from the foreword by Chungliang Al

"Here is wisdom that is beauty and beauty that is wisdom. William Martin's final book of his "Tao Te Ching" trilogy is a masterpiece. It illuminates all the unexplored potentials inherent in the second half of life and eases the mind into each one. Powerful, lyrical, insightful, "The Sage's Tao Te Ching" is a guide that will lead your heart gently and surely to 'life itself.'"--Hugh and Gayle Prather, authors of "The Little Book of Letting Go""Let this gem of a book and the wisdom it imparts enfold every aspect of your being. Whatever time you have remaining on this planet will be immensely enriched."--David McNally, author of "Even Eagles Need a Push""Like its predecessors, "The Sage's Tao Te Ching" opens our minds to the wisdom of our natural state and encourages us to accept and honor the inevitability of the wonder-filled grace of aging. Bill Martin deserves our humble gratitude for reacquainting us with our true selves."--from the foreword by Chungliang Al Huang

Here is wisdom that is beauty and beauty that is wisdom. William Martin's final book of his "Tao Te Ching" trilogy is a masterpiece. It illuminates all the unexplored potentials inherent in the second half of life and eases the mind into each one. Powerful, lyrical, insightful, "The Sage s Tao Te Ching" is a guide that will lead your heart gently and surely to life itself. Hugh and Gayle Prather, authors of "The Little Book of Letting Go" Let this gem of a book and the wisdom it imparts enfold every aspect of your being. Whatever time you have remaining on this planet will be immensely enriched. David McNally, author of "Even Eagles Need a Push" Like its predecessors, "The Sage s Tao Te Ching" opens our minds to the wisdom of our natural state and encourages us to accept and honor the inevitability of the wonder-filled grace of aging. Bill Martin deserves our humble gratitude for reacquainting us with our true selves. from the foreword by Chungliang Al Huang"

About the Author

William Martin is an award-winning author whose work expresses the practical wisdom and inspiration of Taoist thought for contemporary readers. He and his wife, Nancy, live in the mountains of Northern California

Jerry Lynch, Ph.D. and Chungliang Al Huang are the authors of several books, including "Thinking Body, Dancing Mind," They have published extensively on the relationship of the Tao to performance.


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IF YOU ARE ENTERING (OF HAVE ENTERED) THIRD-AGE WITHOUT THIS SIMPLE YET PROFOUND GUIDE, YOU ARE DOING YOURSELF, YOUR LOVED-ONES, AND THOSE IN NEED OF YOUR BLESSINGS, A SERIOUS DISSERVICE... MY DEAR SPOUSE COULD NOT WAIT FOR HER PERSONAL COPY TO BE DELIVERED! THANKS AMAZON FOR ENSURING IT ARRIVED IN TIME FOR OUR 33RD ANNIVERSARY AND XMAS!!!
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such a wonderful book full of wisdom for this age and the second half of life. please buy you will not be disappointed it would make a great gift.
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Brilliant little book
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Wonderful book - quality very good.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b493b4c) out of 5 stars 65 reviews
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b4a96e4) out of 5 stars Empowering!!! 25 Jun. 2004
By Marion - Published on Amazon.com
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This little book is dynamite in disguise. If you are anywhere near middle age, buy this book and let its words of wisdom on becoming a sage soothe and strengthen your soul!!! Our youth-oriented society does nothing to help us as we grow older. In fact, it perpetuates the myth that we all want to be eternally young. NOT!! Aging gracefully is an art and this book will help you tremendously on your life's path.
The power behind each verse is awesome, empowering, enlightening and luminous.
For instance, this second half of Verse 25 entitled, 'We Are A River', sums it up beautifully and poetically:
Don't accept the modern myths of aging.
You are not declining.
You are not fading away into uselessness.
You are a sage,
a river at its deepest
and most nourishing.
Sit by a riverbank some time
and watch attentively as the river
tells you of your life.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b4a9930) out of 5 stars The Taoist Sage is an "OldBoy". 18 Nov. 2005
By Butch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lao Tzu, the "OldBoy", isn't called the master of paradox for nothing. This is a great book for the "OldBoy" in all of us. Though it is directed towards the older in years among us, it is applicable to anyone that has tired of the rat race of modern life and just wants to sit back and relax a while. Sit back and contemplate the mystery of life. Maybe even sit still long enough to hear the still small voice of our inner being. To be an old boy or girl again, only without the naivete of youth. As William Martin titles the first lesson of his beautiful little book, "Older or Wiser?"; and I quote:

Growing older either reveals or hides

the mystery of existence.

If you are becoming a sage

you are growing in trust and contentment.

You will discover the light of life's deepest truths.

If you are merely growing older,

you will become trapped by fears and frustrations.

You will only see the darkness

of infirmity and death.

The great task of the sage

is learning to see in the darkness

and not be afraid.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b4a9b70) out of 5 stars not a how to book 31 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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read no further!! Warning!! danger ahead. If you have come this far and still want a Christmas present for that old person you know, you better know what you are doing. Don't waste your money unless this person is open, friendly, lively, alert, happy, honest, intouch with themselfs and is full of joyfull life. If they fit all the above and more, then search their bookshelfs and their bedside table because they probably already have this. This is a wonderful book! Reading the first page I found this great quote "The great task of the sage is learning to see in the darkness and not be afraid" and this " Enjoy the monents given you. Love the people around you. Live the life offered you." Need I say more. Now, If your like me, old and full of life, I keep my copy close to my reading glasses.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b4a9e1c) out of 5 stars LIfe Changer 30 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Several weeks after my mother passed away, my husband was off fishing and I was attempting to come to terms with becoming the matriarch of my family...a difficult task! I wandered into a small bookstore in Weaverville, CA and this book jumped out at me. It brought me a sense of the peace and a meaningful goal, achieving "sagehood" or is it "sagedom." I read a selection or two each night. I am still a long way from reaching my goal, but the challenge makes me feel alive. I recommend it to all "of a certain age."
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b4a9c24) out of 5 stars Plan on rereading it at least once a year. 23 Dec. 2005
By Rick Rowland - Published on Amazon.com
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Being interested in Eastern religions and philosophies, I've read several translations of the Tao Te Ching, one of which is William Martin's (A Path and a Practice). I was so impressed by this book, that I wanted to read more of his writings. Having recently passed "mid-life," I was especially drawn to The Sage's Tao Te Ching. Mr. Martin's interpretation of this ancient work is sensitive, thought-provoking, and challenges popular cultural norms about aging and the meaning of "success." I recommend it to anyone -- regardless of age -- who is interested in cultivating the virtues of wisdom and compassion. I intend on reading it at least once a year.
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