Beliefs vary around the world, usually in conjunction with a person’s religious faith.
Instead of a prose account of his own views, veteran journalist and author, A. Robert Smith, uses the old-fashioned style of proverbsshort, often punchy statements that are meaningful and often humorous. Benjamin Franklin, his favorite of America’s Founding Fathers, was a master at composing terse phrases that were full of wisdom, humor, and common sense. He published them in the Pennsylvania Gazette before the American Revolution. About half of the proverbs contained here express views on marriage, family relations, child behavior, and other essential topics. The other half includes proverbs by Ben Franklin and sayings from other popular figures, such as Shakespeare, Confucius, Schweitzer, Churchill, Eleanor and Teddy Roosevelt, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers.
Nine of the Ten Commandments found in the Christian faith are included in Robert’s 101 Rules. And some comparable rules from all the major religions. Altogether, they comprise a guide for living the good life, so that everyone can say about their life what his granddaughter-in-law, Samantha Avery, said to him, “Angels believe in me!”
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About the Author
A. Robert Smith, an award-winning journalist and the author of ten books, has been an editorial writer, a magazine editor, and a Washington correspondent covering Congress and seven presidents. He was the Washington correspondent for the Portland Oregonian and has been published in the New York Times Magazine. He was the recipient of awards by the Alaska Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Table of Contents
ContentsIntroductionThis I BelievePrefaceGod Is Love1. Vices & VirtuesProverbs 1 to 312. Money & WorkProverbs 32 to 463. Family & FriendsProverbs 47 to 724. Love & MarriageProverbs 73 to 835. The Big PictureProverbs to 84 to 101Chapter 6Why Reincarnation?
PrefaceGod Is LoveWe all have heard that phrase “God Is Love” many times before, but not until I heard it in our Quaker meeting one Sunday did it mean something uniquely different. A woman stood up amid the silent churchgoers and said: “God is Love.” Then she sat down. Nothing more was said. Just a deep well of silence blessed the room. This time it seemed different. “God is Love” can mean several things, not just that the Deity personifies love.We think of Love as a feeling, a heartfelt sensation. But did God initiate this feeling, or did I initiate it on my own? The question is: Who, or what is God? I don’t agree with the image of God as king-like, issuing decisions that affect the lives of billions of people at once. As I focused on “God is Love,” a new meaning came to me. If God is not a person, then what other forms could God be? We could imagine God as a being or nonbeing. I think of Love as energyLove energy. Love has a special power to change. Love power affects most things positively people, animals, plants. We see that change most powerfully in a mother’s love for her babies, whether they are humans or animals. As the poet Rumi put it, “We are born of Love; Love is our mother.”But does Love energy come from a higher source, or is Love energy its own source? It’s like asking whether the sun’s rays are from a higher source, or from their own source? Once we give up thinking of God as a human form, we are freed to think of God in any form. That may be why Jesus told us to love our enemies. Love energy has a positive effect on everything, even the hostile attitude of foes.The final act of love, as Reinhold Niebuhr said, is forgiveness. When you can forgive those who have wronged you, you’re on the right track for Eden.Eden is the term I like for The Hereafter. Eden is what lies ahead after we’ve given up parading around in our skin. More on Eden in Chapter 6.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fun new book, an easy thought provoking read, a great graduation gift, and a good daily tool. A. Robert Smith is an amazing man who has lived an impressive life. He was an officer in World War II. He was a journalist in Washington for many years, has written ten great books and is the founder of the Edger Cayce Foundation's 'Venture Inward Magazine.' This book presents a wisely chosen collection of proverbs mainly from Ben Franklin, but also from many historical people and even from Robert himself to give the reader ways of crafting a good and meaningful life. It starts with a pithy introduction chapter which explains why the book is how it is and how the readers might use it. It ends with a chapter exploring reincarnation. I enjoyed this book immensely