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Book Title: A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born to Do|
The author of the book: Thomas Moore
ISBN 13: 9781433205330
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.5
Edition: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date of issue: March 1st 2008
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You know, I have never made it through an entire book by Thomas Moore, despite feeling that his books are the sort of thing I should be interested in. His rambling musing style just doesn't do it for me. I thought maybe this book would be different, but it's just not keeping my attention. I'm halfway in, and I doubt I'll finish it.
My biggest problems:
1) I was tired of his alchemy analogy before he even used it. Is your life work like alchemy? But alchemists were idealistic, deluded idiots who believed you could make gold out of silver! How is this a good analogy for my life? Also, the analogy is propped up against the rest of his text in a really awkward way. It doesn't really relate to the rest of the book, and feels forced.
2) He seems to be saying that if I want to discover my life's work, I need to see tell my story to a sympathetic stranger, analyze my dreams, and generally, get some therapy. Well, I'm sure the therapists of the world are happy about this advice. But it shouldn't take 200 pages to say "know thyself." The advice is redundant and worse, devoid of any actual content. "See a therapist" is advice the same way "Get advice" is advice.
3) It's one of these books where the goal seems to be to get the reader to "think critically" and it feels like a condescending lecture from my high school English teacher, but devoid of any actual critical ideas. Just a conclusory "Don't believe everything you think."
It's too bad, because Moore's books always seem right up my alley and so promising. But I've never actually been able to read one, so maybe I should give up.
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Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul, Ageless Soul, and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He lectures frequently in Ireland and has a special love of Irish culture. He has Ph. D. in religion from Syracuse University and has won several awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Lesley University and the Humanitarian Award from Einstein Medical School of Yeshiva University. He also has a B.A. in music from DePaul University, an M.A. in musicology from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in theology from the University of Windsor. He also writes fiction and music and often works with his wife, artist and yoga instructor, Hari Kirin. He writes regular columns for Resurgence, Spirituality & Health, and will soon publish Writing in the Sand: The Spirituality of Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels, The Soul of Medicine, and Hole in One: Stories about the Game of Life.