Book Review: Spirit Wisdom For Daily Living

Spirit Wisdom For Daily Living: Your guide for mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, by Clint G. Bridges

[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Author’s Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.]

Sometimes the text that is just before a book is a good way to examine the philosophy of the writer, and the Dr. Seuss quote before the main body of text here is very appropriate: “The writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.” This is wise advice that should be heeded by any writer. This author definitely does not waste words. Aside from a brief collection of comments at the end about ego, concepts, and a confessional personal biography, along with a touching series of acknowledgements to family (I must note that the author appears to have come from a broken family, for reasons that are not disclosed), this book is basically composed of a set of motivational and inspirational quotes from a wide variety of sources ranging from the Bible to family members to William Shakespeare.

What is most notable about this book is that it provides very little commentary for its statements, none in the main body of text. Rather than being largely an explanation of the worldview of the author (except very briefly at the end), this book is a collection of thought-provoking aphorisms that is designed to encourage and spur reflection. From the quotations, even apart from the brief commentary, is that the author is a big believer in personal responsibility, in supporting love and encouragement over fear and selfishness, and has a firm belief in external standards of morality that we are to govern our lives by. Despite dualistic language that could easily be confused for gnosticism (or be considered, more charitably, to be in the vein of the Gospel of John), this is a work that clearly shows the triumph of grace over Eastern views of karma [1] and also the triumph of a life as part of God’s family over views of annihilation and negation.

Since this book is very short, even though it is very excellent, I thought that the flavor of the book could best be conveyed by providing some of the quotes that are found in the book. Part of the enjoyment of reading a book like this is to see in what sense one would agree (or disagree) with the quotes found, and what sort of reflection and wisdom and encouragement one can find from it, as the raw material for one’s musing. Here are some of the quotes I found most intriguing to show at least some of the variety of naked statements and questions that can be found in this very worthwhile and straightforward book [all capitalization in original]:

p. 25: “Who knows what kindness lurks in the hearts of men?”

p. 56: “Being Loved gives you Humility. Loving someone gives you Compassion.”

p. 119: “Political solutions have very little to offer mankind. The only True and lasting solutions are Spiritual in nature.”

p. 178: “What is the opposite of love? If you say hate, you are mistaken in your perception. The correct answer is fear. Hate is just a by-product of fear. We tend to hate that which we do not understand and are fearful of. Be not afraid. Seek understanding you will find Love.”

Needless to say, these are subjects I write about and think about a lot already [2]. This is a good book to provide words that spur on our responsibility to have and maintain a good attitude, to show love for others (and therefore to God) and to appreciate grace even as we seek after wisdom and virtue. There is much to appreciate in this book, even if the author provides quotes that largely leave the reader to work out those matters in his (or her) own mind. So long as you are well-prepared for the task, one ought to view it similarly to reading the Book of Proverbs. As is often the case, having the right mindset and viewpoint matters greatly in what one will find.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/book-review-christianty-karma-and-reincarnation/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/book-review-christians-remember-your-past-lives-learn-how/

[2] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/the-kindness-of-a-stranger/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/because-your-heart-was-tender/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/the-many-and-the-one-the-relationship-between-love-and-political-freedom/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/the-only-thing-we-have-to-fear-is-fear-itself/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/living-in-fear-till-nothing-else-remains/

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.
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2 Responses to Book Review: Spirit Wisdom For Daily Living

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