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Book Reviews

Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese book of proverbs written circa 600 BCE – which is just long enough ago it isn’t possible to determine the author with certainty. In fact, it is debated whether it was written by a single person. The oldest copy of the work was discovered only twenty years ago in a tomb, written on bamboo tablets.

The form of the book familiar to the modern world dates from English translations made near the turn-of-the-century. However, the many versions discovered indicate the work may have at one time existed as a fluid work; that it was broken into verses and rearranged over time.

Because it is a small work, I was tempted to read it in a single sitting. I don’t think this is the best way to appreciate it. Better to digest it in bite-sized pieces and take time to consider different levels of meaning. I found some proverbs more meaningful than others.

I got a newly-minted audio version with commentary I plan to read next. But my favorite transmission takes place every Thursday morning – me kneeling on my cushion with eyes closed and right foot nestled in the sole of my left while one of my fellow Qigong practitioners reads aloud a selection of her choice.

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Coming Soon – Reviews of Books I Read the Last Couple Years

12/14/13          A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
11/16/13          Awakening Compassion by Pema Chodron
10/3/13            You’re Not So Smart  by David McRaney
9/30/13            The Wonder of Aging by Michael Gurian
7/23/13            The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
7/17/13            Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
7/1/13              A Delicate Truth by John le Carre
6/23/13            Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
5/12/13            Ubick by Philip K Dick
5/4/13              Prelude To Foundation by Isaac Asimov
4/15/13            Rendezvous with Rama by Isaac Asimov
4/11/13            Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
4/3/13              Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
3/30/13            Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
3/26/13            Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
3/17/13            Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
3/16/13            Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis
3/11/13            Through the Looking Glass by Carroll Lewis
3/10/13            Alice in Wonderland by Carroll Lewis
3/9/13              The pH Miracle by Shelley Redford Young and Robert O Young
3/9/13              A Spiritual Journey by Ram Dass
3/8/13              Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2/26/13            Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut
2/24/13            Soul Mates by Thomas Moore
2/17/13            Men Are from Mars by John Gray
2/9/13              The Windup Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
1/23/13            Love Service Devotion by Ram Dass
1/9/13              A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
1/3/13              The Mastery of Love by don Miguel Ruiz
1/5/13              Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
12/29/12          Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
12/22/13          How Can I Help by Ram Dass
12/16/12          Practical Spirituality by Marshall B Rosenberg
12/7/12            Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
11/18/12          The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips
10/24/12          Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
10/10/12          A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card
10/6/12            Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
10/2/ 12           Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
9/26/12            Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
9/6/12              A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
9/2/12              The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips
8/14/12            The Bhagavad Gita
8/11/12            Still Here by Ram Dass
8/9/12              In the Next Fifty Years, John Brockman, editor
8/3/11              The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
7/29/12            Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
7/2/12              Farmer in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
6/26/12            Dune by Frank Herbert
6/13/12            A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
5/29/12            Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

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