Wisdom for Living
Learning to Follow Your Inner Guidance
By Sharon Clark & Reynold Feldman
Winchester, UK: O Books, July 26, 2019, 162 pp.
150 brief essays on wisdom, with journaling prompts
We live in uncertain, even dangerous times. If we were ships, we’d be traveling in rough waters and dense fog. Without a navigation system, we’d soon be sunk - literally. We need to know where and how to navigate to keep ourselves safe as we pursue our individual life journeys.
Wisdom for Living is an invaluable resource and guide for strengthening, developing, and accessing your own inherent wisdom nature. Each of us comes hard-wired with the equipment needed to navigate the rough waters of life. This equipment is our intuition or gut feelings, available to all. Yet like the GPS in a car or phone, we need to learn to access, use, and trust it.
These short essays suggest how you can find wisdom in a variety of people, places, and things. You are encouraged to keep a wisdom journal (WJ) in which you respond to a motivating question at the end of each essay. In this way, you will create a personal handbook for guiding your life while using your inner guidance to deal with challenges.
From Sharon Clark’s “A Warm Welcome”: Dear Reader, Do you know how wise you are? Doubt not! In this profound book, visionary teacher and author Dr. Reynold Feldman (Ren) gathers wisdom from masters down through the ages, adds his humble and humorous wisdom, and leads you to discover your own…. One of the masters Ren quotes is Kahlil Gibran, whose seminal book, The Prophet (1923), states this about a teacher: “If he [sic] is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”… Ren is such a teacher…
Below is a 25-minute video presentation I gave on "Talking About Wisdom" in Maui, Hawaii (November 2019)
“This lovely book is packed with jewels of wisdom that will surely make your life more rewarding as you put them into practice. I deeply respect the co-author, Sharon Clark, as an uplifting soul with heart, maturity, common sense, and a vision for what serves and heals. I especially enjoyed the exercises offered. Take advantage of the gifts bestowed here!” (Alan Cohen, author of A Deep Breath of Life)
"This is a book you can thumb through for inspiration, pondering, and joy. In short takes, Feldman and Clark present wisdom from many sources, ancient and contemporary, that allows readers to cull and shape their own ideas to live by." (Sara Davidson, NY Times best-selling author of Loose Change and other books)
“Wisdom for Living offers exactly what its title suggests, a stimulating guidebook on how to live our lives wisely. The many pithy essays are like gourmet entrees—compact enough to swallow in one mouthful, rich enough to stimulate and satisfy our appetite. Erudite and homespun, practical and inspirational, these pages are brimming with pearls of reflection that open a pathway to our own inner wisdom.” (Roland Evans, author of Seeking Wholeness)
"I read Wisdom for Living in small daily doses as I walked the Camino, unaware that there was an entry on “Walking Wisdom.” Each short chapter—and there are a hundred and fifty of them— is a morsel of truth and a tiny sip of wisdom. It is a book to be savored, like good food and drink. By the end of the book I knew that it was not the end but the beginning, hence the wisdom to conclude the book with “Commencement Wisdom.” Wisdom for Living is an enchanting book both for the awakened and for those who are still waking up! It is the perfect companion for the other Camino, the journey we call life." (Fr. Philip Chircop, S.J., Toronto, Ont., Canada)
"The premise of this beautiful, inspiring book is that Wisdom is all around us and it is also inside us, each and everyone of us! The book consists of very short essays, one page each, and it is suggested that you read one each day to ponder. Each essay begins with an inspiring quotation and ends with a short suggestion for journaling so you can use the Wisdom in the essay to remember and take note of times in your life when that particular wisdom was activated in you. This would make an excellent gift for anyone who is interested in diving deeper into their own minds, life journeys, and spirits. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review." (Anne Marie Bennett)
"Loved the way stories tied in with the subject. Great speaker. I have been reading the book all afternoon. It will be a Christmas gift to my daughter Maria Victoria." (Charlotte C.)
What the Independent Critics Are Saying about WFL...
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. "This is a book of short essays. There are questions at the end of each essay. You are encouraged to start and record your answers in a wisdom journal first thing in the morning or last thing at night. They recommend no more than fifteen minutes a day.........I really enjoyed reading this book. I have started a Wisdom Journal and will continue to answer questions related to these essays. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in connecting with their higher self." (Sep 19, 2019: Dawn Thomas [Reviewer] | NetGalley)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. "Honest and in-depth advice for reaching your full potential. This advice is presented in easy to follow language that can be broken up and applied in pieces at a time." (Jul 30, 2019: Cristie Underwood [Reviewer] | NetGalley)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. "This is a very inspiring collection of short essays, great for a reminder or to use as a guidebook for life. Even if you don’t want to do the suggested journal as you follow along, it’s a very calming read for when you need something to help keep you grounded and in tune with the world around you." (Jun 26, 2019: Michelle Reeves [Reviewer] | NetGalley)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. "Wisdom for Living by Reynold Ruslan Feldman, and Sharon Clark explores inspiring ways to keep you grounded, in the busy world that we live in today. Through a collection of short essays and meditations, meant to stimulate your own wisdom, this book encourages you to create your own Wisdom Journal and write your thoughts to each essay once a day.
Each short essay starts with a piece of wisdom, be it a Native American saying, an Asian proverb or a quote from famous philosopher, author or businessman. At the end of each essay the authors pose a question of which you can answer in your own Wisdom Journal, a simple blank notebook is all you need.
Insightful mindfulness, which should appeal to anyone who likes to meditate on life, and ponder the rapture of being alive. Especially if you want to learn more about calming the mind, living in the present moment and the insight and inspiration they bring.
Wisdom - think of this as your own inner guidance system; a deep inner knowing. Let this way of journaling help you look into your self and help you along the way. With this in mind the future will give you daily chances to live a wiser life. This is definitely a great alternative recommended read! If Wisdom for Living sounds like your sort of book, you'd do well to pick this up next. This unique book of wisdom is both inspiring and motivating." (Jul 15, 2019: Sassy Brit [Reviewer] | NetGalley)