Book Review: A Life Worth Living

From the Stoics to the Contemporaries, a Life Worth Living Delivers Philosophy to the masses!

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A Life Worth Living

In full disclosure, the author asked me to read this book.  As I paged through the beginning pages I found myself smiling and feeling good.  Rarely do I read a book written by an academician, in this case, philosopher, that is written simple enough to be understood by persons outside of the discipline –and A Life Worth Living is. 

What I like about the book is that it is well researched, synthesized, and written.  I like to read in large blocks and read the first half of the book first.  My favorite quote is found near the 100-page mark:

            Let us be prepared to explore, investigate, and respect wise counsel wherever we may find it, irrespective of cultural, historical, or geographical origins. . . We may find connections uniting us at greater depths than we had previously fathomed.

When I came back to finish the remainder of the book, I was totally lost.  I did not understand many of the stories and metaphors.  I did not understand the context or relevance of much of the material to the first half of the book.  In fairness to the author, the book is a series of essays, however, the final essays on God, life, death, and suicide confused this reader.  I am giving the book my highest rating because I enjoy a challenge.  I like to read and understand but it also pushes me intellectually to ponder the meaning of words and thoughts.  Also, I am grateful that the work is in the public domain and not in some scholastic journal, many of which are never read by the masses.  A Life Worth Living is worth reading!

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