I was contacted by author Seth David Chernoff asking for me to do a review of his book Manual for Living: CONNECTION. After reading the synopsis I couldn't say no. As some of you know I had to deal with the death of my father due to cancer 5 months ago and to be honest I am still dealing with it now. Considering Seth is a two-time cancer survivor I almost felt like if I were to read a book about life and connections in life it should be by someone like him.

Synopsis: CONNECTION, the second book in the Manual For Living series, is a thought-provoking, soulful inquiry. Author Seth David Chernoff guides us through a series of questions, asking why we think what we think and do what we do - in relationship to our own life, others in our immediate environment, and humanity at large. Written in easy to understand language with contemporary, practical examples, Connection shows us that our life is much grander than our circumstances; it is a gift filled with choices. In these pages we come to see others and ourselves through the lens of compassion and oneness. These concepts help us eliminate pain and victim mentality. By choosing full engagement in the present moment, denial, excuses and regrets naturally drop away. The process requires only an open mind and open heart. The information presented steers each of us toward an inner compass and unique path to view life's challenges in a new way. Connection is for anyone seeking out higher purpose and deeply satisfying relationships.

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Spirit Scope Publishing (September 21, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937215002

“The Mannual’s purpose is to help you find true happiness, understand why you are here, and discover your true purpose in life.” – Seth David Chernoff

I can honestly say that whether you have problems with any type of relationship in your life or not you should read this book. Manual for Living: CONNECTION is the second book in a series, the first being REALITY. However, there is no need to read these books in order. Actually, there is no need to read the book page by page. You should feel free to skip around depending on the difficulty you are having in your life at the time.

For example, while reading this book I was having a difficult problem with a friend of mine. So I started by reading the Communicate chapter along with Disagreement and Forgiveness. Each section in the chapter in only a few pages long and really opens your eyes to insight you may not have thought before.

I almost want to say screw getting a relationship counselor and just get this book but in the very least I think if you are having problems this is a great book to accompany seeing a psychologist or just getting some better insight as to who you are inside and why you may do the things you do. Due to the quotes made in each section it ended up reminding me of The Art of War because everything is touched upon with few words but those few words are deeper and more meaningful than most other books I read.

What I think really turned me on to this book was this short paragraph alone:

“Don’t sacrifice your truth or your values. Each of us has a special place within this world, and it is our prerogative to find that purpose and fulfill it with every morsel of our being. The loss of a life is not nearly as devastating as the loss of what could have been, of the dreams left unfulfilled, and lingering passions undiscovered. This is not a book about religion; it is a book about life for those who choose to grow, who desire a more fulfilled life, and who accept that we are only as magnificent as we choose to be in this moment.” (pg xix)

In the end there was only one note I made about something I didn’t understand that was mentioned on page 12, crystal children. I wasn’t clear what he meant by this term but it won’t impede the progress you make reading the entire book. But that was my only hang up, which was a small one and I am sure something the author will gladly explain.

I give this book five out of five fangs and if you like you can go here to get your copy: Manual for Living: CONNECTION

<3’s and fangs,
Liz ^_^

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