I’ve wanted to write this post for a while, but illness and life took over a bit and more important things bubbled to the top. Now mind, I’m not a professional book reviewer, but I did want to share some thoughts and why I think this is such a good book for anyone discovering the Tao or who just has some interest in a different philosophy on life. I talked earlier about The Tao of Pooh, and this was the book I read right after that to get an even greater understanding of the Tao and how it could change my life. And maybe yours too.
Why I Liked It
It was simple. It took what can be a very complicated text, the original Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, and presented it in digestible story form that represented each of the lessons taught in the original text. There are several books out there that explain this original text, but this is the one I was most drawn to, and it worked for me very well. The stories were interesting and highlighted the meaning of the lesson extremely well.
It’s easy to read. Not overly long and a good weekend or evening book if you’re looking for away to unwind. It doesn’t tax the brain too much with complicated prose, but rather leaves you wanting to read the next story right away.
It gave me a way, by example, to incorporate the lessons of this philosophy into my daily life. Now, most of the stories take place a long time ago and don’t directly correlate to modern society, but the lessons, I think, are timeless and can be utilized after reading the story that explains them. It just helps you ‘get it’.
In my opinion, it goes hand in hand with mindfulness. The Calm App (I’ve added a quick link to the Calm website and the Calm blog in the right column) mentions Taoism quite a few times in the meditations, which is what lead me to the book in the first place. So I feel it is really an extension of my mindfulness practice and has given it an extra layer.
It’s one in a series. Who doesn’t like a good series to keep the magic of the first book alive? I know I do. I’m not entirely sure if it is actually the first book of Derek Lin’s about the Tao philosophy, but I think it’s a good way to start.
He also tackles the orignal text in an annotated and explained version – so one may want to start there. Other books in his repertoire include, the Tao of Joy and the Tao of Happiness. I’m definitely planning on reading those two as part of my summer reading. There’s also the Tao of Success.
My current journey in life lead me to the Tao of Teaching, by a different author, Greta Nagel, but mostly because I’m a teacher and am currently fascinated by the thought of being able to bring this philosophy into my classroom and what transformations might occur by doing so.
I’ll update you with ‘my kind’ of review when I’ve read the others. And if any readers, read one of the books, let me know what you think! I’d love to hear others’ thoughts on this.