The Present: The Gift for Changing Times

The Present: The Gift for Changing Times

by Spencer Johnson
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The Present: The Gift for Changing Times by Spencer Johnson

For over two decades, Spencer Johnson has been inspiring readers with his simple yet profound stories of the challenges we face in these times of unprecedented change.
 
The Present is an engaging story of a young man’s journey to adulthood, and his tireless search for The Present, a mysterious and elusive gift he first hears about from a wise old man.  This Present, according to the old man, is the most valuable gift a person can receive.  Why? Because it is the one thing that doesn’t change in changing times.
 
As the young boy becomes a man, he grows disillusioned with his work and his life.  So he returns to ask the old man to help him find The Present. The old man responds, “Only you have the power to find The Present for yourself.” Heeding the old man’s advice, the young man embarks on a worldwide search for this magical gift that remains unchanging in a changing world, and holds the secret to personal happiness and lifelong success.
 
It is only after the young man has searched high and low and all but given up his relentless pursuit that he discovers The Present—and all of the promises it offers.
 
Like the young man, you may find that it is the best gift you can ever give to yourself — and to those you care about.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307719546
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 101,122
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the most respected and beloved authors in the world. He has helped millions of readers discover how to use simple, profound truths that lead to less stress and more success at work and at home.
Inspiring and entertaining people with his insightful stories that speak directly to the heart and soul, he is often referred to as the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work.

Dr. Johnson is the author or co-author of many New York Times bestsellers, including three #1 titles: Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change In Your Work and Life; The One Minute Manager®, the world’s most popular management method, co-authored with Kenneth Blanchard; and The Present: The Gift That Makes Your Work And Life Better Each Day!

After graduating with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California, Dr. Johnson received his M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and completed medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard Medical School.

He served as Director of Communications for Medtronic, the inventors of cardiac pacemakers; Research Physician at The Institute for Inter-Disciplinary Studies; Consultant to The Center for Study of the Person; and most recently Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School.

His work has captured the attention of major media, including the BBC, CNN, Fortune,
New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Today show, Time magazine, and USA Today.

Over thirty million copies of Dr. Johnson’s books are available in more than forty languages.

Date of Birth:

January 1, 1940

Place of Birth:

South Dakota

Education:

B.A. in psychology, University of Southern California, 1963; M.D., Royal College of Surgeons

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Present 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sis_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Very beneficial and easy to read and follow. Helps you to move out of worrying about the past and concentrate on The Present!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Present is an incredible book that can change your lifestyle in an instant. I have never finished a book without stopping a few times in beteween. However, I could not stop reading despite the fact that it was 1 O'clock in the morning. This book leads you to a successful life and help you understand 'happiness.' It teaches you so many things. How to be happy, how to be successful, and it'll make you much wiser than you were before you read the book. It helps you learn why 'purpose' is so important. I reccomend this book for everyone who dreams of a happy, successful life, or a person who just wants to help others. After reading the book, I carry it around with me everywhere. Whenever I need tips, I look through this book and get my answers. This book, The Present, gave me the most valuable present in the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Present is an incredible book that can change your lifestyle in an instant. I have never finished a book without stopping a few times in beteween. However, I could not stop reading despite the fact that it was 1 O'clock in the morning. This book leads you to a successful life and help you understand 'happiness.' It teaches you so many things. How to be happy, how to be successful, and it'll make you much wiser than you were before you read the book. It helps you learn why 'purpose' is so important. I reccomend this book for everyone who dreams of a happy, successful life, or a person who just wants to help others. After reading the book, I carry it around with me everywhere. Whenever I need tips, I look through this book and get my answers. This book, The Present, gave me the most valuable present in the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read. The message in this book is that 'The Present' that you can give to yourself is to focus on the present moment. By learning from the past mistakes and planning for the future you make the ¿The Present' more meaningful and wonderful. All these are explained through a wonderful story. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to hear (read) a story that would make them to live fully and do their best - both personally and professionally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book has a great message and was an easy read but got somewhat boring and corny. Worth the read to get the message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As per the title speaks,This book is a 'present'. It's a 'present' that teaches us how to live in the present. marv!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my second book. the first was who moved my cheese which was so good. i wanted to keep going to in prove my self being. I bought the book , the present. i also read that book all in one night and i have to tell you i have not been a reader, it has to be something that keeps my interrest , well this book did also and i also ordered a book from 1993 yes or no. i havent recived it yet but i am real anxious to get it. your books are really helping me to find out who i really am and it has really helped me at work. i thank you so much and i hope to see more good books that will continue to help me and i hope to be able to help others, thanks again. pat
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was better than the cheese book (which was awful) but not great either. It had a great point which is 100% true. One of the problems in this book is that he took about 100 pages to say something that he could have said in 15. Yes he tried to present it to us in a story but the story was weak and very repitive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that really helps us see what is really important in life. Using a phenomenologial apprach to life, the author uses a dialogue format to show us that the present moment is where everything is at. Very simple to read and easy to understand. If you'd like to examine these things in more detail and look at these things from a big-picture perspective, I'd suggest another fascinating book called 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It's a bit of a longer read but definitely worth it if you are truly interested in the pursuit of happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read and immediately gotten the message of this wonderful book, when my son and his friends (male and female) were on the cusp of fifteen and had achieved honours in school we felt they needed to know about The Present. We gave each of them a copy and having also now read and digested it, they now feel they are equipped for The Present. Life in all it's Glory!
Guest More than 1 year ago
everyone should have one for xmas