Life's Little Instruction Book: Simple Wisdom and a Little Humor for Living a Happy and Rewarding Life

Life's Little Instruction Book: Simple Wisdom and a Little Humor for Living a Happy and Rewarding Life

by H. Jackson Brown


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The #1 New York Times bestseller—now in a fresh new format, offering a new generation simple yet powerful wisdom.

The Life’s Little Instruction Book series has sold more than ten million copies, spent more than two years atop the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into 33 languages. Originally written from a father to a son, the book offers insights, simple suggestions, heartfelt humor, and reminders for readers of all ages. This edition offers a new trim size and on-trend design for a new generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400319961
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 61,318
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 4.92(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

A New York Times best-selling author, H. Jackson Brown’s publications are universal in appeal, with more than 30 million copies in print, available in 35 languages. His 33 books inspire readers throughout the world. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Life's Little Instruction Book

By H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 H. Jackson Brown Jr.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-2053-0


This book began as a gift to my son, Adam. As he packed his stereo, typewriter, blue blazer, and other necessities for his new life as a college freshman, I retreated to the family room to jot down a few observations and words of counsel I thought he might find useful.

I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children, but to provide a road map. That's how I hoped he would use these mind-and-heart reflections.

I started writing, and what I thought would take a few hours took several days. I gathered my collection of handwritten notes, typed them up, and put them in a dime-store binder. I walked to the garage and slid it under the front seat of the station wagon.

A few days later his mother and I helped him move into his new dorm room. When he was all settled in, I asked him to come with me to the parking lot. It was time for the presentation. I reached under the car seat and, with words to the effect that this was what I knew about living a happy and rewarding life, handed him the bound pages. He hugged me and shook my hand. It was a very special moment.

Well, somehow those typewritten pages became the little book you're now holding. You may not agree with all the entries, and from your own life experience, I'm sure you could add hundreds more. Obviously, some are more important than others, but all have added a degree of joy, meaning, and efficiency to my life.

A few days after I had given Adam his copy, he called me from his dorm room. "Dad," he said, "I've been reading the instruction book, and I think it's one of the best gifts I've ever received. I'm going to add to it and someday give it to my son."

Every once in a while life hands you a moment so precious, so overwhelming you almost glow. I know. I had just experienced one.

H. J. B.


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Life's Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I got volume 3... paid for volume 1. Not happy!
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i can't even
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Carlos2950 More than 1 year ago
We are four family members and we usually read together on Saturday and Sunday during the breakfast. Have a good topics to discuss inside family.