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Translated more often than any other book except the Bible, the Tao Te Ching has been a spiritual guide for centuries, helping millions find peace within themselves, with each other, and with the natural world around them. Written in workbook style, complete with exercises, questionnaires, journal-keeping techniques, and affirmations, The Tao of Inner Peace translates theTranslated more often than any other book except the Bible, the Tao Te Ching has been a spiritual guide for centuries, helping millions find peace within themselves, with each other, and with the natural world around them. Written in workbook style, complete with exercises, questionnaires, journal-keeping techniques, and affirmations, The Tao of Inner Peace translates the ancient Eastern philosophy into a plan for contemporary Western living. Diane Dreher, Ph.D., shows the way to: * Bring greater joy, fulfillment, and creativity to daily life * Heal the body and spirit * Build self-acceptance and self-esteem * Resolve conflict * Reverse negative cycles of emotion * Understand life as a process of changes and challengesWith its lively, demystifying approach, The Tao of Inner Peace shows how the Tao can be a powerful source of growth, inspiration, and peace....

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ISBN : 9780452281998
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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The Tao of Inner Peace Reviews

  • Denice
    2019-05-08 08:56

    I saw this book for a dollar at Goodwill one day while I in the beginning stages of a rut. I had always been a fan of the Tao Te Ching, so I decided to just give it a try, not expecting anything but some new age-y advice. I stayed up the entire night to read it. As a positive and proactive person, most of what the author was saying was not news to me, but I needed to hear it again. She offers cheesy exercises which I passed on, but when I came to a part about dissecting the fears that are keeping you from your goal, I did it. My life was changed that very moment and I realized very little was keeping me from achieving what I wanted. Within a week I quit my soul-sucking job, made a plan and set off to do what I really wanted in life, knowing that if my worst fear happened, it wasn't the end of the world. The truth is, the worst never happened, only the best! I would not be where I am today if I had not come across this book. If you should come across it, I definitely recommend it!

  • Nick Blankenburg
    2019-05-20 01:55

    I really enjoyed reading this book, and I regret having lost it for I have wished several times to read it again. After reading it, I came away feeling more relaxed about life and its surprises. It felt like a heavy weight was lifted from my shoulders.I know how corny that sounds, but it's the honest truth!After I finished reading this book, I could tell that some of the people I spent a lot of my time with noticed a difference, and I felt different around them, in a very good way. I felt it gave me a greater appreciation for their friendships, and helped me see the good side in some of the situations and hardships I found myself in with them.This book also instilled upon me the importance of finding balance, and to see my life in a more balanced way. It helped me substantially by giving me a greater perspective in regards to others, and a greater sense of empathy for them as well. I felt more able to objectively put myself into somebody else's shoes in different situations and understand not only how I would feel in a given situation, but also a greater understanding of how they themselves must be feeling.This is the book that sparked my interest and admiration for Taoism, which has significantly shaped my outlook on life, love, happiness, and how I treat others.I definitely recommend this to everybody, as long as they are able to keep an open mind while reading it.

  • Joseph
    2019-04-28 06:00

    Cleaning off my bookshelves I came across this book. I do not remember when or where I got it, but until today it basically has been left untouched.I started to read it and quickly realized something was wrong. Taoism basically sees people as being a small part of the cosmos, not the center of it. What is immediately wrong is that this is an "I" or "me, me, me" book.The author is an English professor and 'positive psychology' coach. Not sure what that is but cannot help but think of Tony Robbins. (Hmmm, wonder if she does infomercials.)So she has her own system of citing the Tao Te Ching and does not use any of the standard translations. Instead she makes a vague reference to a translation allegedly done by one R. B. Blakney. That translation, if it exists, is obscure. Based on that 'translation' she reformatted the Tao Te Ching ... Does she speak or read Chinese, ah, I don't think so. Rather presumptions. And, it makes it difficult, if not impossible, to check her "quotations" from the Lao Tzu. She clearly has little understanding of "the book of five thousand characters" or Chinese thought, but she does not let that get in her way. Okay, I made it all the way to p.18, before I abandoned this sucker. She did me in when she alleged this "Lao Tzu tells us: 'Tao people never try. They do.'" This is such a ludicrous assertion. If there was indeed a Lao Tzu, he never, ever would have use the term 'Tao people.' On an even more fundamental level, the concept of "Wu Wei" so central to Taoism means that you only do what is necessary. This book is an abomination. Normally, I recycle books, but this one was so offensive I tossed it in the trash.

  • Kevin Fuller
    2019-05-03 09:25

    Having read the Tao Te Ching, I wanted to further my studies on the Great Way of Things, and came upon this gem at my local Barnes and Noble.Anchored in the Tao Te Ching, Ms. Dreher highlights how to apply it's at times arcane and seemingly difficult to understand Wisdom to us living in postmodern society.She makes connections for example between Lao Tzu and how and when to navigate a career move or change, between Lao Tzu's teachings and how to tackle difficult people, including ourselves.By mid-book, I am completely bowled over by the author's recommendations for exercise, movement and breathing techniques, all which should be applied day to day.What is the difference between the Tao Te Ching, and books such as this that use it for illumination and inspiration? It's simply The Way Things Are....The Way Things Work....The Way Things Change and how to handle these three.The Great Tao is ever present resource and Way to acknowledge and even merge with.This book navigates 2500 year old Wisdom, merging it with the challenges of our everyday lives to the point the transitions between the two are seamless...most, relevant.Highly recommended, this!

  • Mitch
    2019-05-11 06:10

    This was a decent introduction into Taoism; however, it felt extremely dated (really a product of the 90's) and the depth of Taoism was sacrificed for a more applicable reading of this philosophy. I can understand where the author is coming from, yet, for example, the clearly made-up incidental people used as examples for her points only made the book feel disingenuous. No your friend Tasha did not have a life-changing moment because of X, Y, or Z. That being said, the broader historical (read: real) examples were engaging.Ultimately the book does a good job of introducing a practical approach for incorporating elements of Taoism into their life. Not really a read for anyone who's kinda familiar with its principles.An extra star was given because I found myself actually saying to myself: "I am one with Tao", a mantra presented by the book. Thought it was ridiculous until I said it in response to a stressful situation. Still kinda silly and literal, but it caught me off-guard, so 3/5 stars.

  • Atlas
    2019-05-02 04:11

    Inspiring!Reading this book in the woods somewhere in the Poconos, gave me a renewed self-peace that elevated to a reunion with nature.On the third month, I gave up being a vegetarian. Haha. No offense to tofu, especially "tokwa't baboy", but I realized that tofu could never replace meat. All the lyrical teachings of Tao were still refreshing and intuitive.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-21 07:57

    I read the first chapter and wasn't impressed. The Tao is supposed to help you live simply and richly, without all the planning, striving and forcing that we are taught to do in western culture. Then this book (that is supposed to be about the Tao) has all these hints and lists and "to do's" of things to do to implement the Tao. Seems to oppose all that the Tao is teaching.

  • Shaughnessy Davis
    2019-05-18 03:14

    Simply put this book is amazing. It invites us to learn ourselves and cooperate with natural cycles and one another. It is filled with the wisdom of the Tao to motive us to create inner and external peace.

  • Christine
    2019-04-23 03:59

    this book has become a guide for me. i reread it in 2005, then again in 2006 and 2007. each time i read it something jumps out at me that is relevant and meaningful to that point in time. it helps me stay grounded and at peace.

  • Ben Myhre
    2019-04-26 06:21

    I read this a long time ago and remember really liking it. I thought it was pretty good this time, but nothing spectacular.

  • Lacey Thornton
    2019-05-08 07:25

    It's a book that I have bought over and over again either because I borrowed to someone or lost it from moving. I will always love this book when I'm feeling overly stressed. When I am looking to refocus my life.

  • Zachariah
    2019-05-19 06:03

    I know, I know... "It's an explanation of a book that's essentially self-explanatory." I'd even agree if its scope was as narrow as to only carry paraphrases and excerpts of the myriad Tao Te Ching translations. (Although when dealing with a concept this "un-Taoable", it's un-Tao-tibly useful to approach it from as many p.o.v's as possible. Groan.) Thankfully, this isn't the case at all. What we find instead is a worthwhile treatise on a number of important Taoist concepts, as well as a trove of simple daily applications to becoming more at ease with a world whose nature with which we must flow. Definitely a cobbler's guide for those still wishing to pave the world in leather. You'll need a toolbox, however, so pick up a copy of the Tao Te Ching if you haven't one already.

  • Penelope Rothfield
    2019-05-15 01:56

    I keep this book by my bed. The author's voice is very intelligent and soothing and good company. Dreyer shows us how to apply the principles of the Tao to everyday life in ways that are practical and uplifting and effective. The author suggests exercises and affirmations that have helped me quite a bit and support me in living the kind of life I believe in. I keep a mini-copy of the Tao Te Ching in my purse---

  • Madeline Ellis
    2019-05-18 02:06

    this book dawson gave to me to read in china...and i did. i didn't know much about taoism before i read this book but it gave me a wonderful introduction to it. it gives you steps throughout the book to practice and become more aware of nature and the philosophy of the tao and how to really apply it in everyday life. this is the kind of book you keep and read again.

  • Heather
    2019-05-13 10:13

    This book helps to keep me sane! Whenever I feel negative, I just read a few pages and the world begins to make sense again ;) It's not necessarily a book that I would read from cover to cover, but I do recommend it for the inspiring messages.

  • Michael B
    2019-04-30 05:00

    My best buddy,Quinn gave me this book in the early 90's, while i was searching for truth. At the time, this book started my questions, journey and eventually led me back to my spirituality and a belief in God and in something greater than myself.

  • Astrid
    2019-05-06 09:05

    Highly recommended. A book that changes lives. The chapters are easy to get through; beginning with an excerpt from the Tao Te Ching, a brief explanation, and then real life examples of how you can relate. Finally the chapter closes with a personal exercise and positive affirmation.

  • Joey
    2019-04-22 04:21

    This book was great. Filled with personal experiences, as well as examples of friends and public figures made the lessons of Taoism seem very applicable. I truly think every person should read this book.

  • Eileen
    2019-05-02 07:59

    I love this book. It is full of gentle wisdom. Her paraphrases of some of the Tao Te Ching are beautiful. It gives much hope for a better world if people would follow some of her suggestions – everything from personal meditation to global action. I highly recommend this book.

  • Drew Fagot
    2019-05-07 03:10

    It was kind of disappointing. While the book had good points in it, it became too hippy like for me. I love exploring Taoism but this book started to branch off from what Taoism really is. I didn't even finish the book I became so bored with it by the end.

  • Kim
    2019-05-08 03:10

    Some positive insight into the Tao outlook on how we are all connected which is an area I am enjoying studying right now. A little more politics that I personally am into, but that does not in any way throw negative on the book and the message.

  • Natalia
    2019-04-25 06:55

    Learn about the balance that is available to us in this universe. A simple read, wise enough to pass on to children.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-17 08:55

    I refer to this book as one of my "bibles" of the Tao again and again.

  • Racquel Lopez
    2019-05-19 04:57

    This was a very good book for me while going through changes in my life. It helped me with my thoughts, feelings and to live with the choices I've made.

  • Piper
    2019-05-22 02:24


  • Tracy
    2019-05-02 10:06

    Picked this up off the shelf in the Yoga Studio and started reading a few pages and could not put it down. Goal is to read few pages every night b4 bed and then do some reflecting the next day.

  • Moonshadow
    2019-05-08 10:00

    I've read this book many times and have discovered something new every time ,love it.

  • Shelley
    2019-05-08 06:00

    I liked the beginning chapters best. I wasn't so thrilled with the "change the world activist" message in the last few chapters. But maybe I just haven't grown enough ;)

  • Nicole
    2019-04-25 08:11

    This book was very peaceful, and I especially liked the parts on dealing with conflict. It's a great book to review when you are feeling shitty or out of control in your life.

  • Casey
    2019-05-17 03:20

    This is my all time favorite book on Taoism. I go back to it again and again.