Spiriting around: A Modern Guide to Finding Yourself

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Are you a teen with a lot of time on your hands and the desire to define yourself and your life beliefs? Then this book is for you. Tomback tackles subjects such as love and money in great detail. "Conflicts & Controversies" highlights subjects as diverse as suicide, zoning, and insurance. As teens travel through life, it appears that whatever they choose to do or be will be blessed by God. Often referred to but never clearly defined, he is apparently present throughout life and all religions to "be a willing guide in your endeavor to know the meaning of your life." There are also comforting reassurances that whatever choice is made, it is the right one as long as one is at peace. Some topics that seem to be of little value to young adults are given a lot of attention-how many have enough money to consider investing or enough expertise to be hired as a consultant? Nuggets of wisdom do turn up unexpectedly. The section on drugs and the warnings about abuse are very personal and should be taken to heart. The "Think About It" summary that concludes each chapter provides useful questions for teens to ask and ponder when making decisions in any area of their life. Several synonyms for the word "love," including obscenities, open that chapter. Tedious and verbose are two words that describe this arduous read. One might compare it to reading a thousand fortune cookies-marveled at today, forgotten tomorrow. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Mooring Field Books (9369 Sheridan Street #555, Cooper City, FL 33024), 301p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.
—Pam Carlson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975524800
  • Publisher: Mooring Field Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Although SPIRITING AROUND is written as a spiritual guide for teens, the knowledge it holds is perfect for any teen, whether or not they're a person of faith. Filled with practical guidelines for getting through life, this book focuses on being patient and persistent, and working towards being the best person you can possibly be. <BR/><BR/>The book contains six main chapters: Start Here; The Reason Why; Money; Love; Conflicts & Controversies; and The Expedition Continues. <BR/><BR/>Each chapter is laid out in an easy-to-read style that contains the author's thoughts, practical wisdom, biblical advice, and actual facts and figures. Each chapter also ends with pointed thoughts to encourage discussion and personal contemplation on what you've read. From figuring out the difference between what you need and what you want, and how to discover your own personal identity, SPIRITING AROUND can help any teen navigate their way through adolescence. <BR/><BR/>One of my personal favorites in the book are the sensible questions for developing friendships. The author puts forth some interesting concepts in learning how to develop friendships that are both fundamental and healthy. <BR/><BR/>Does this person have the same interests I do? <BR/>Do we have similar outlooks on life? <BR/>Do we share similar values? <BR/>Can I trust this person to accept me when I reveal my doubts and desires? <BR/>Are we both being honest? <BR/>Do they appreciate me? <BR/>Do they respect me as well as value me? <BR/>Are they interested in my thoughts on things? <BR/>Are they interested in my welfare? <BR/>Am I interested in theirs? <BR/>Do I respect them? <BR/><BR/>Regardless of your personal religious beliefs, this is a guidebook for life that every teen will find instructive and valuable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    ¿Great for Grads¿

    4 stars Spiriting Around is thorough. It covers topics from God to finances. The wording is simple. It is broken into quick sections. The font is large. This is a book for those trying to find themselves. I feel like I am too old or too grounded for the messages in the book. This may have been helpful in high school. Unfortunately, I am convinced a lot of adults still have not found themselves. This book will be advantageous for them. It gives practical guidance without the sugar-coating. For anyone just starting out or just living their lives in second gear, this book is necessary. Do that person a favor, quit giving handouts, Give This Book Instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    A Cause for Pause

    Mark Tomback uses his own background of self-examination as the basis of what is probably one of the better guides for everyone concerned with why the world makes so little sense right now. While others have reviewed this brief but intensely interesting book well, it seems that one of the major drivers in Tomback's sharing his insights is a kind of humanity, a love for living, a caring that eludes us as individuals so stuck in the quagmire of 'living'. What makes Tomback's book so refreshing is his straightforward approach to spiritualism: for him God is a part of everything and everything is a part of God. But this is not the 'God' of other writers' evangelical type, the omniscient being who holds the strings of the many variation puppets of 'religion', be those Christian, Muslim, Buddhism, etc. This is the God within. Tomback encourages the reader to start afresh, to observe the way things really are, to approach friendship, love, morality, all forms of sexual/political/philosophical/livelihood being with a connection from within each of us that bonds us to the spiritual, i.e. the truth. 'Thoughts are things. Thoughts have form and structure. Thoughts have power.' 'Traditions are links in the chain of time that join generations together. Traditions can be the wisdom of lessons learned to a maze of ancient fears.' These are only some of the many simple statements Tomback shares so liberally. This book has something for everyone no matter their level of enlightenment or progress toward maturity. And that is why this brief book is readable, is valuable, and is different from those self-help books that make heavy the shelves of bookstores. It stimulates growth by discovering who we are and why we are. Grady Harp

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