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If Success Is A Game, These Are The Rules Paperback – 5 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (5 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091856116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091856113
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.9 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,011,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you loved "The Rules for Being Human" attributed to "Anonymous" in the best-seller Chicken Soup for the Soul, you're in luck. The author--corporate trainer Chérie Carter-Scott, PhD--has stepped forward and written a follow-up book: If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules. This book, "a basic spiritual primer for what it means to be a human", discusses each of the 10 rules (for example, "There are no mistakes, only lessons" and "Lessons are repeated until learned") and discusses them with kindness, eloquence, and wisdom. For example, rule 1 is: "You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth". Carter-Scott discusses the challenge of making peace with the body we've been given, and the lessons of acceptance (appreciating it as it is), self-esteem (viewing yourself as worthy, despite how your body looks or performs), respect (treating it like a "valuable and irreplaceable object"), and pleasure (indulging in the five senses to "unlock the joy stored within you"). Similarly, each of the rules has four "lessons". You'll read this inspirational book more than once, and mark quotes to tell friends. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules is a template for living. Everyone needs to read these words of wisdom. It's 'simple' yet important stuff."
--Richard Carlson, Ph.D., author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
"How wonderful it would be if we were all given Cherie Carter-Scott's ten rules the day we were born. Cherie has been teaching these rules for over twenty years. In her seminars, these rules have resonated with thousands of people. If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules are universal truths that all of us can learn to live happier lives that are full of self-acceptance, understanding, love, success, and the inner knowing that we're all in this game together, on the same team. The door to a satisfying life lies within each of us, and Cherie's eternal inspiring message provides the key."
--Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul
"The Ten Rules for Being Human are entertaining and fun--but more than that, they're TRUE."
--Marianne Williamson, author of The Healing of America and A Return to Love
"If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules will free you to wake up to your no-limit life."
--Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
I love this book! When I was going through my ups and downs and a depression, this book motivated me to think positive about life. Every time Id feel down there would be a chapter in this book that got me through the day. This book is easy to read and always good to get back to. It doesn't matter how old you are and what problems you have, this book will come in handy. A must read and must have for everyone!
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Format: Paperback
I love this book. The main thrust of the book that lessons are repeated until one learns from them rang so true to me. It is a comforting thought that there are no mistakes in life...only lessons. I have a very well-thumbed copy of my own and also the companion book 'If Love Is A Game...' and have bought copies for several friends.
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I categorize myself as a "non-reader". I cringe any time I am forced to read something, whether it's the newspaper or a novel back in high school or college. Now I can say I am proudly a "reader". This book has changed my life and drastically changed the life of a good friend who is going through some hard times right now. I could never thank the author enough for this. This book is touching and moving. I would gladly recommend this book to anyone in the world. Whether they are looking for good advice, a friend, a counselor, a companion, or a great book, this is it! Thanks Cherie, you'll never know how much this has changed the life of myself and a dear friend. Keep on writing!
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I found this book to be very exact and truthful, no holds barred in describing how life really is and how to get through or overcome small or large obstacles in one's life. Paragraph after paragraph on every personal attribute and life situation you can think of. A definite resource to keep in the bookshelf for those days that aren't going so well and for getting through either day-to-day struggles, or the most burdensome trials of life.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the most amazing book I've read in years--the one book that's turned my life around. After reading the book, I knew I needed to do something different with my career, so I contacted Cherie. I've taken two of her courses and feel that I'm finally on the path to fulfilling my dreams and designing my life the way I want it to be. It was like the penny dropped when I read her book--what she said confirmed everything I've been learning the last thirty years. And now I'm learning how to be in the driver's seat of the game called life!
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Format: Paperback
The book IF LIFE IS A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES by CHERIE CARTER-SCOTT is not to be taken seriously. These were my findings in 1999 when I first read the book. My findings were yet again confirmed when I re-read the book in 2011. This book has such a great title - a title that can be used as a prelude to Florence Scovel-Shinn's 'The Game Of Life And How To Play It', but there's no bite in it. I found it really quite 'empty'. It's just a nicely presented book that teaches us nothing we haven't already figured out ourselves through our life experiences.

I think the confusion is that IF LIFE IS A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES by CHERIE CARTER-SCOTT has no direction. It is unclear whether CHERIE CARTER-SCOTT findings are that of research, statistics (stats), staus quo and logistics, observation, personal experience, professional experience, case history studies, therapy.
Eg: We have also been taught religiously and morally that
sacrifice/to sacrifice is Good/is a Good thing, yet IF LIFE IS
A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES by CHERIE CARTER-SCOTT seems to
suggest that Sacrifice is somehow wrong as it does not Release
the conditions/Patterns or pave the way for permanent change,
only temporary change. This does nothing to Unite The
Disciplines/Faculties.

Maybe its me. I Understand Nothing.

Thank You!
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Format: Hardcover
The author provides a clever and cohesive organization of fundamental ideas, based on the premise that life is for learning. The theme is ultimately unsatisfying, however, because she fails to come to grips with why we should care about learning. Learning for the sake of learning is quite pointless. But the author cannot summon the courage to follow her thesis to its natural conclusion: that there is a loving Creator who intends for us to learn and sustains us in the process. Euphemisms like "spiritual DNA" illustrate the lesson that this author has apparently yet to learn: that when we are afraid to speak out of fear that we will offend the sensibilities of others, we are left with nothing important to say. Scott Peck begins with much the same view about life as a laboratory for learning, but he has the courage to credit God with the design. In contrast to his work, this is The Road More Travelled. Too bad.
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Format: Hardcover
I watched Cherie Carter-Scott do a show with Oprah a few weeks ago and found it to be very enlightening. This is like the operator's manual that we should have all be handed at birth to be memorized by the age of 5 or 6. There is a lot of just plain common sense that made me wonder - "why didn't I think of that" or say "I knew that but I've never really thought about it that way before". However, I hadn't thought or said these rules before and thank God someone has finally put it all together in one place. Everyone should get a copy of this book, especially children - it's just really cool!
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