Be the person you might never have become. There's still time left in "Your Unfinished Life"... Self help book germane to finding happiness and achieving success,motivation, inspiration,kindness,service to others and making the most of the rest of your life. Includes summaries of two classic works on kindness by Jean Guibert and Frederick Faber from around the turn of the 20th century, with author commentary. Contains dozens of inspiring quotes from Marcus Aurelius, Mother Teresa, The Dalai Lama, George Foreman, Joel Osteen, David Shipler, Martin Seligman, Stephen Covey, Eckhardt Tolle and many others. Further sources of reference on happiness,kindness and gaining personal insight. Provides revealing insights to lead you to your highest and most fulfilled self, so your unplayed music won't die inside you. An excellent source for personal and library use that can benefit individuals and their communities. For anyone seeking happines s and a fuller life for themselves or others. An excellent gift book.
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In "Your Unfinished Life", a banquet of inspirational philosophies are laid out by author Larry Danks for personal choice. Kindness is a quality in life that this world could and should employ a great deal more.
An analogy of what is presented here makes me think of a Parisian flower booth and picking out the blooms that are personally meaningful. You make up a bouquet that will have a positive affect on the rest of your life if practiced. Congratulations to Professor Danks offering the readers an enhancement to their lives of both giving and receiving."--(Thomas R. Carpenter - AB, MEd)
"This book shows that kindness is not 'soft', but a strength that makes life better and richer for all concerned. There can be few more important subjects to write on, and Danks elegantly and forcefully lays out the case for kindness with many great examples."--(Tom Butler-Bowdon: - Best Selling Author of: 50 Self-Help Classics, 50 Psychology Classics, 50 Prosperity Classics, 50 Spiritual Classics.)
"All of us have days that we go through life oblivious to our fellow man. I can honestly say after reading just a few chapters of "Your Unfinished Life" I found myself looking for Acts of Kindness to perform. I am more aware of the less fortunate.
A thought provocative book, Mr. Danks has compiled a number of encouraging quotes that will impact your life. A must read for young and old alike, I highly recommend "Your Unfinished Life."--(Bill Cleary, Publisher Emeritus - Gloucester City News, Gloucester City NJ and Editor of ClearysNoteBook.com)
"There are so many examples in this book which show how to spread kindness like the fragrance from a flower garden. Prof. Danks has done great service by bringing the concept of kindness in a lucid exposition. This book is a mirror of what life should be! It is well organized, easy to read and contains quotations which can guide us towards having a positive and fulfilling life. I will treasure this book and read it as often as possible to remind me constantly how to be kind to others and make my own life meaningful in the process."--(Dr. Raman Kolluri, Professor of Laser Technology/Fulbright Scholar)
"Larry Danks has kindly given us this valuable guide to the successful pursuit of happiness and meaning in our lives by suggesting many ways that we can cultivate the queen of virtues: kindness. All who read this book and reify its lessons will be ennobled thereby."--(Gordon Livingston, M.D., Psychiatrist and Writer Author of The National Bestseller: Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart - Thirty True Things You Need To Know Now)
Interview from the Courierpostoline.com, by Kim Mulford
South Jersey Face: Lawrence J. Danks
As an associate professor at Camden County College, Lawrence J. Danks, 63, of Barrington instructs students on management, business law and international business. But his yen to share what he knows goes beyond the classroom.
The Lindenwold native's soon-to-be-released book, "Your Unfinished Life," collects some of humanity's common beliefs about kindness and the search for happiness.
Q: You write that you grew up in a funeral home (his dad was a funeral director), which taught you that life is short. What was it like to grow up in a place often filled with grief and sadness?
A: While I saw grief and sadness, our family life was good and secure.
My father used to say frequently that when it's our time, it's our time. For some, that is far earlier than we expect and it can cause great sadness. But at those times it's just important to realize that it may be for a reason, which sometimes we can't begin to fathom. Sometimes that becomes clear later. Sometimes it never does. At times like that, faith and trust in God, support of our friends and family, and believing that we will see our loved ones again can give us much-needed support.
Q: What makes you happy?
A: It makes me happy to be with my wife and people I care about, to go out to dinner and to travel. But what really counts is to be fulfilled by having close relationships with those who are important in our lives, to be able to do things to help people, even small things.
Q: You share stories of your parents and their kindness to others. Were your parents happy people?
A: My mother did a lot of charitable work and my father was in a unique position to help people at times of great loss in their lives. They were both very good and caring in what they did. . . . I think the greatest gift they gave us, however, was a real belief in faith.
Q: There must be a lot of opportunities to be kind to others now, given the state of our economy. Do you see any other silver linings in this cloud?
A: There are always opportunities to be kind, even when we have problems ourselves. Naturally, current conditions provide even more opportunities.
There are always silver linings. Even with something as tragic as 9/11, people were given unprecedented opportunities to step up to the plate to assist many others.
Q: You cite the teachings on kindness from a number of religious traditions, belief systems and authors. What struck you the most about their common call to be kind?
A: The Dalai Lama noted that kindness was a common element in all religions. There are many who don't believe in God or organized religion. However, kindness and the benefits of it are not limited to religious believers. Anyone of any faith, or of none, can share kindness with others and be the recipient of it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
¿Your Unfinished Life¿ By Lawrence DanksGet Out of Yourself: It is in Giving we ReceiveTruly a motivational book that will help you look at your life in a whole new manner.We all are familiar with kindness, being kind and receiving kindness from others. This is 160 pages of inspiring reminders that will bring back memories of how you have been helped, how you have helped others and more importantly, inspire you to reach further, higher, deeper and more often.I found myself retrospecting and introspecting on my own gifts and acts of kindness. I also thought of situations and moments when I could have been kinder. This book will help you if you are angered with your life or disheartened by how you have been treated by others. His stories and anecdotes give insight and easily move you from cover to cover. Danks writes that we can and do make a difference in the lives of others. He discusses how we find ourselves in the process. If you think we are doing enough, you will find ways and motivation to do more.I particularly liked his 40 acts of kindness in chapter 7.Time to learn ways to move forward and this book easily shows you how.Great resources are included at the end of the book, too.This awareness makes me a better person and I am thankful for Danks reminding me to stretch further into the human kindness envelope.I learned it doesn¿t take much¿ just make it a habit!Loved his tips, suggestions and guides that brought more happiness and gratitude into my life. It made me more mindful to touch others. It¿s not only important to have good will, but the will to do good. It is a heart felt, heartwarming work.I received a complimentary review copy.
At first blush this is an unfinished book. The writing is rough, the content unorganized and there were so many quotes I wondered if the author could say anything without relying on someone else's content. Later on, however, the author shares his own experiences and knowledge. This improves the content dramatically. Some of his stories were truly touching and inspiring.I could have done without the request to email him and buy his book to give to friends. I'd prefer that be placed somewhere other than the content, like an appendix or epilogue, but I believe his heart's in the right place. He wants to help others find happiness and this book is a noble effort to achieve that goal. Many of his suggestions seem simple and trite, but that doesn't mean they don't work. On the contrary, serving others, lending a listening ear or writing a note can brighten your day tremendously.Summary: It's a short read and has enough gems hidden among the pages that it's worth a look.
Your Unfinished Life posits that personal fulfillment (happiness) comes through service to others -- specifically, through a practice of kindness -- and suggests that developing such a practice involves becoming attentive to opportunities for kindness; acting on these opportunities rather than letting them slip by; and being willing to act imperfectly -- to do-it-over or do-it-better-next-time if present actions fall short.Much of the book consists of material quoted and excerpted from other sources, though often without sufficient attribution. Inadequate editing, organization, and design intrude severely on readability and clarity. Persevering readers, however, will find the message to be true and important, the tone compassionate and optimistic, and the stories of kindness and suggestions for kindly action inspiring.
"Your Unfinished Life" By Lawrence Danks Truly a motivational book that will help you look at your life in a whole new manner. We all are familiar with kindness, being kind and receiving kindness from others. This is 160 pages of inspiring reminders that will bring back memories of how you have been helped, how you have helped others and more importantly, inspire you to reach further, higher, deeper and more often. I found myself retrospecting and introspecting on my own gifts and acts of kindness. I also thought of situations and moments when I could have been kinder. This book will help you if you are angered with your life or disheartened by how you have been treated by others. His stories and anecdotes give insight and easily move you from cover to cover. Danks writes that we can and do make a difference in the lives of others. He discusses how we find ourselves in the process. If you think we are doing enough, you will find ways and motivation to do more. I particularly liked his 40 acts of kindness in chapter 7. Time to learn ways to move forward and this book easily shows you how. Great resources are included at the end of the book, too. This awareness makes me a better person and I am thankful for Danks reminding me to stretch further into the human kindness envelope. I learned it doesn't take much. just make it a habit! Loved his tips, suggestions and guides that brought more happiness and gratitude into my life. It made me more mindful to touch others. It's not only important to have good will, but the will to do good. It is a heart felt, heartwarming work. I received a complimentary review copy.
Kindness is the key to happiness and fulfillment. This is a simple but vital statement that we need to internalize and make part of our daily lives. Most people have done something kind for someone and found that they have gained as much happiness, as the receiver has, perhaps more. Author, Lawrence Danks believes this and has written an inspiring book filled with quotes that support his premise, from many of the most popular and well known authors, speakers, and celebrities. Throughout his book, Lawrence Danks has given the reader many ideas of how kindness can become a part of one's life. In fact, in Chapter 7, he gives 40 ways to be kind, and most of his ideas are very doable. He does stress, though, that we must find the ways that best suit our own abilities and that will impart feelings of success and happiness. He also states that it is important to take care of ourselves, or we will find that we are not able to do our best. Mr. Danks includes a long list of resources at the end of his book, from which the reader may choose for further reading. While this book is aimed towards those who are in their later years, the information is also very important for young people because kindness can lead the way to a life time of happiness, fulfilment and peace. Reading this book made me question, "What else can I do with this life" and celebrate with pride, the things I have already accomplished. Reviewer: Elaine Fuhr, Allbooks Reviews