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Useful, yet average. January 26, 2013
Robert D. Smith presents an intriguing review of his life lessons, as he reviews his life. After finding that he had already lived 20,000 days and counting, Smith chose to take some time to look back on the many days in his life. In retrospect he shares his keys to mastering life, right now. He explains essential steps to make wise decisions, to disregard false schemes of motivations and instead pursue true happiness.
I found this book, very insightful and will most likely refer to some of the lessons presented in this book. However, Smith is presenting a personal story; but, instead of leveraging the intimacy and warmth of such a personal narrative, Smith focuses on presenting lessons. In the process, Smith looses some of the true beauty in the human story.
Review by Daniel
Good motivational book January 1, 2013
I have been alive 15, 636 days. That is a lot of days. New Year's Eve always make me a little bit nostalgic. I find myself, just like you, thinking back over the past year. Have I grown? Have I changed? Am I a better person than I was a year ago? Am I closer to being the person God wants me to be? Did I spend more time bringing glory to Him this past year? When you look at your life in days, it can be staggering and it brings a lot of the same questions.
Robert D. Smith wrote 20,000 Days and Counting. I would say it is a motivational book but Mr. Smith says you can't motivate anyone, not even yourself. So calling it a motivational book is out. But it's like a motivational book.
A few years ago Mr. Smith played with a count down timer to see how many days he had been alive. He found out it was 20,000 days. He packed a bag and went until he felt it was time to stop, he spent the next 48 hours in a hotel planning the next 20,000 days of his life.
The result of those forty-eight hours became a book, 20,000 Days and Counting. It is a book about making our life count. It's about finding our purpose and living our life to fulfill that purpose.
The book is a quick read, Mr. Smith planned it that way. He wanted the reader to be able to read it and start putting it into practice in one hour. As far as motivational type books go, this one is good. The book has good principles and a lot of good information.
The one thing I did not like about the book is it seemed to me to be a little too much, "I am master of my destiny". I do know I was created with a and for a purpose. I know that is in part to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. I know it is important to number our days, and to do that we need God's help. I know life is fleeting. I know Jesus came to bring us life and life abundant. I know that without Him I am incapable of living my life. Which is why is it rather disturbing for Mr. Smith to claim to love and follow God, and yet leave Him out of most of the book.
I'll let you make your own decisions. If you're looking for a book to read on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, download this book to your e-reader, read it and make up your own mind.
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Review by Virginia
Most people sleepwalk through day-to-day life, passively letting time slip away. Unfortunately, the only thing that can usually wake people up to the intensity of life is impending death. But what if it didn't have to be that way? 20,000 Days presents breathtakingly simple strategies and concepts that, once applied, will enable readers to be 100% present and intentional with every passing minute of every day, for the rest of their lives.
The book is designed to be read in under an hour and the effect is immediate. Within each segment are tactics for mastering control for your life; principles such as:
- Motivation is a myth
- You only have two choices, yes and no
- How to conquer rejection forever
- How BECOMING the problem will SOLVE all your problems
- Three sentences that will change your life immediately
On the 20,000th day of his life, the author sent an email that inspired and reminded a group of people of all ages to live in the moment. This group now includes you.
|Publication Date||January 1, 2013|