Book review: The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life (Dennis Merritt Jones)

Via Todd Mayville
on Jul 18, 2009
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The Art of Being contains a series of affirmations, ideas and thoughts designed to help us wake up to our spiritual side. Each chapter contains a set of practices at the end as a means to help the reader become more mindful and put the lesson of that specific chapter into practice.

There are multiple ways in which to use this book: as a one a day for 101 days, or by opening randomly to different essays, or some combination thereof.  While Jones makes it a point to discuss the use of the word “God” in the text as a neutral term, the book still contains a certain amount of Judeo-Christian overtone to it, which can be distracting at times, primarily because Jones intends the book for a wider audience.  However, the book does contain value to anyone seeking to further their spiritual and personal development, regardless of spiritual beliefs.  From Tarcher/Penguin and available at your local, independent bookstore. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ’em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)


About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


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