Robert's 101 Rules Of Order: All You Need to Know to Live the Life You Want

Robert's 101 Rules Of Order: All You Need to Know to Live the Life You Want

by A. Robert Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781937907433
Publisher: Rainbow Ridge
Publication date: 04/21/2016
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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

Contents

Introduction
This I Believe

Preface
God Is Love

1. Vices & Virtues
Proverbs 1 to 31

2. Money & Work
Proverbs 32 to 46

3. Family & Friends
Proverbs 47 to 72

4. Love & Marriage
Proverbs 73 to 83

5. The Big Picture
Proverbs to 84 to 101

Chapter 6
Why Reincarnation?

Preface

Preface

God Is Love

We 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 energy—Love 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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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