Lessons in Living

Lessons in Living

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by Susan L. Taylor
     
 

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At long last, here is the paperback edition of beloved columnist and author Susan L. Taylor's bestselling collection of spiritual writings on overcoming the challenges of everyday life.

Revealing the spiritual lessons Susan has learned first-hand from grappling with the challenges and difficulties in her own life, Lessons in Living is a celebration ofSee more details below

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At long last, here is the paperback edition of beloved columnist and author Susan L. Taylor's bestselling collection of spiritual writings on overcoming the challenges of everyday life.

Revealing the spiritual lessons Susan has learned first-hand from grappling with the challenges and difficulties in her own life, Lessons in Living is a celebration of the journey of life that has already become a classic. Written in the anecdotal style that has made Susan's "In the Spirit" column the most popular feature of Essence magazine, Lessons in Living addresses the themes that have been her unique territory for over a decade: self empowerment, the exploration of love and self-worth, and issues of faith and commitment.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Taylor, editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, in this new collection of inspirational writings, develops themes that marked her earlier book, In the Spirit, a collection of her popular columns. Intermingled with personal details of career, divorce, parenting and remarriage are Taylor's strategies for finding inner peace amid the stress of contemporary living. Borrowing from diverse cultural and religious traditions and emphasizing the necessity of honoring oneself, Taylor espouses a practical spirituality: ``Life is our finishing school.'' When she describes the spiritual armor she dons each day in her busy life, she projects a quiet assurance that has won her a wide audience, particularly in the black community. This affirmative philosophy is attractively packaged with ruled blank pages at the end for readers' personal use. 100,000 first printing; author tour; first serial to Essence; Literary Guild alternate. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Without touting any one religion, Taylor, editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, offers essentially spiritual essays here. These nine pieces speak in a conversational tone, like a trusted friend guiding one through emotionally tough times, leading one to comprehend the truths of life and death. Each essay is encouraging and uplifting but challenging. Taylor doesn't rail against readers for things in their past but encourages all to center themselves on the presence of God in them. One of the suggestions for getting in touch with the guiding inner self and feeling the presence of God is to keep a "life's agenda" notebook and refer to it daily. Taylor does not have an exclusively African American viewpoint, but there are intermittent historical references, and two essays deal with inner cities, crime, and murdered children, problems most often associated with urban black populations. Well recommended for public libraries.-Susan Burdick, Reading, Pa.
Lillian Lewis
Susan Taylor has done it again! Similar to her monthly column, "In the Spirit," which motivates and stimulates the "Essence" subscriber, this compilation of writings is another honest expression of her life's journey and the "lessons" that she has learned. Taylor offers intimate expressions on self-worth, empowerment, faith, and commitment for the benefit of others. Her ability to describe "loving ourselves" in a moving and thought-provoking way is the style that has endeared her to "Essence" subscribers over the years. Readers never feel as if she is lecturing on or dictating the only way to deal with life's challenges but rather are inspired to face life's challenges by listening to their own inner voices. Taylor's career at "Essence" has spanned more than 25 years, and in that time, her life has had its ups and downs, but more importantly, she has evolved into an extremely spiritual person whose opinions and wisdom are often sought and followed. Those readers, not just African American women, interested in seeking enlightenment will undoubtedly learn a thing or two from this book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307874481
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/19/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
809,673
File size:
2 MB

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