Wisdom for Living
Learning How 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…
“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)