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Translated more often than any other book except the Bible, the Tao Te Ching has been a spiritual guide for centuries, helping millions find peace within themselves, with each other, and with the natural world around them. Written in workbook style, complete with exercises, questionnaires, journal-keeping techniques, and affirmations, The Tao of Inner Peace translates the Translated more often than any other book except the Bible, the Tao Te Ching has been a spiritual guide for centuries, helping millions find peace within themselves, with each other, and with the natural world around them. Written in workbook style, complete with exercises, questionnaires, journal-keeping techniques, and affirmations, The Tao of Inner Peace translates the ancient Eastern philosophy into a plan for contemporary Western living. Diane Dreher, Ph.D., shows the way to: * Bring greater joy, fulfillment, and creativity to daily life * Heal the body and spirit * Build self-acceptance and self-esteem * Resolve conflict * Reverse negative cycles of emotion * Understand life as a process of changes and challenges With its lively, demystifying approach, The Tao of Inner Peace shows how the Tao can be a powerful source of growth, inspiration, and peace.

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Translated more often than any other book except the Bible, the Tao Te Ching has been a spiritual guide for centuries, helping millions find peace within themselves, with each other, and with the natural world around them. Written in workbook style, complete with exercises, questionnaires, journal-keeping techniques, and affirmations, The Tao of Inner Peace translates the Translated more often than any other book except the Bible, the Tao Te Ching has been a spiritual guide for centuries, helping millions find peace within themselves, with each other, and with the natural world around them. Written in workbook style, complete with exercises, questionnaires, journal-keeping techniques, and affirmations, The Tao of Inner Peace translates the ancient Eastern philosophy into a plan for contemporary Western living. Diane Dreher, Ph.D., shows the way to: * Bring greater joy, fulfillment, and creativity to daily life * Heal the body and spirit * Build self-acceptance and self-esteem * Resolve conflict * Reverse negative cycles of emotion * Understand life as a process of changes and challenges With its lively, demystifying approach, The Tao of Inner Peace shows how the Tao can be a powerful source of growth, inspiration, and peace.

30 review for The Tao of Inner Peace

  1. 5 out of 5

    Denice

    I saw this book for a dollar at Goodwill one day while I in the beginning stages of a rut. I had always been a fan of the Tao Te Ching, so I decided to just give it a try, not expecting anything but some new age-y advice. I stayed up the entire night to read it. As a positive and proactive person, most of what the author was saying was not news to me, but I needed to hear it again. She offers cheesy exercises which I passed on, but when I came to a part about dissecting the fears that are keepin I saw this book for a dollar at Goodwill one day while I in the beginning stages of a rut. I had always been a fan of the Tao Te Ching, so I decided to just give it a try, not expecting anything but some new age-y advice. I stayed up the entire night to read it. As a positive and proactive person, most of what the author was saying was not news to me, but I needed to hear it again. She offers cheesy exercises which I passed on, but when I came to a part about dissecting the fears that are keeping you from your goal, I did it. My life was changed that very moment and I realized very little was keeping me from achieving what I wanted. Within a week I quit my soul-sucking job, made a plan and set off to do what I really wanted in life, knowing that if my worst fear happened, it wasn't the end of the world. The truth is, the worst never happened, only the best! I would not be where I am today if I had not come across this book. If you should come across it, I definitely recommend it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Cleaning off my bookshelves I came across this book. I do not remember when or where I got it, but until today it basically has been left untouched. I started to read it and quickly realized something was wrong. Taoism basically sees people as being a small part of the cosmos, not the center of it. What is immediately wrong is that this is an "I" or "me, me, me" book. The author is an English professor and 'positive psychology' coach. Not sure what that is but cannot help but think of Tony Robbins Cleaning off my bookshelves I came across this book. I do not remember when or where I got it, but until today it basically has been left untouched. I started to read it and quickly realized something was wrong. Taoism basically sees people as being a small part of the cosmos, not the center of it. What is immediately wrong is that this is an "I" or "me, me, me" book. The author is an English professor and 'positive psychology' coach. Not sure what that is but cannot help but think of Tony Robbins. (Hmmm, wonder if she does infomercials.) So she has her own system of citing the Tao Te Ching and does not use any of the standard translations. Instead she makes a vague reference to a translation allegedly done by one R. B. Blakney. That translation, if it exists, is obscure. Based on that 'translation' she reformatted the Tao Te Ching ... Does she speak or read Chinese, ah, I don't think so. Rather presumptions. And, it makes it difficult, if not impossible, to check her "quotations" from the Lao Tzu. She clearly has little understanding of "the book of five thousand characters" or Chinese thought, but she does not let that get in her way. Okay, I made it all the way to p.18, before I abandoned this sucker. She did me in when she alleged this "Lao Tzu tells us: 'Tao people never try. They do.'" This is such a ludicrous assertion. If there was indeed a Lao Tzu, he never, ever would have use the term 'Tao people.' On an even more fundamental level, the concept of "Wu Wei" so central to Taoism means that you only do what is necessary. This book is an abomination. Normally, I recycle books, but this one was so offensive I tossed it in the trash.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nick Blankenburg

    I really enjoyed reading this book, and I regret having lost it for I have wished several times to read it again. After reading it, I came away feeling more relaxed about life and its surprises. It felt like a heavy weight was lifted from my shoulders. I know how corny that sounds, but it's the honest truth! After I finished reading this book, I could tell that some of the people I spent a lot of my time with noticed a difference, and I felt different around them, in a very good way. I felt it gav I really enjoyed reading this book, and I regret having lost it for I have wished several times to read it again. After reading it, I came away feeling more relaxed about life and its surprises. It felt like a heavy weight was lifted from my shoulders. I know how corny that sounds, but it's the honest truth! After I finished reading this book, I could tell that some of the people I spent a lot of my time with noticed a difference, and I felt different around them, in a very good way. I felt it gave me a greater appreciation for their friendships, and helped me see the good side in some of the situations and hardships I found myself in with them. This book also instilled upon me the importance of finding balance, and to see my life in a more balanced way. It helped me substantially by giving me a greater perspective in regards to others, and a greater sense of empathy for them as well. I felt more able to objectively put myself into somebody else's shoes in different situations and understand not only how I would feel in a given situation, but also a greater understanding of how they themselves must be feeling. This is the book that sparked my interest and admiration for Taoism, which has significantly shaped my outlook on life, love, happiness, and how I treat others. I definitely recommend this to everybody, as long as they are able to keep an open mind while reading it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Fuller

    Having read the Tao Te Ching, I wanted to further my studies on the Great Way of Things, and came upon this gem at my local Barnes and Noble. Anchored in the Tao Te Ching, Ms. Dreher highlights how to apply it's at times arcane and seemingly difficult to understand Wisdom to us living in postmodern society. She makes connections for example between Lao Tzu and how and when to navigate a career move or change, between Lao Tzu's teachings and how to tackle difficult people, including ourselves. By mi Having read the Tao Te Ching, I wanted to further my studies on the Great Way of Things, and came upon this gem at my local Barnes and Noble. Anchored in the Tao Te Ching, Ms. Dreher highlights how to apply it's at times arcane and seemingly difficult to understand Wisdom to us living in postmodern society. She makes connections for example between Lao Tzu and how and when to navigate a career move or change, between Lao Tzu's teachings and how to tackle difficult people, including ourselves. By mid-book, I am completely bowled over by the author's recommendations for exercise, movement and breathing techniques, all which should be applied day to day. What is the difference between the Tao Te Ching, and books such as this that use it for illumination and inspiration? It's simply The Way Things Are....The Way Things Work....The Way Things Change and how to handle these three. The Great Tao is immanent....an ever present resource and Way to acknowledge and even merge with. This book navigates 2500 year old Wisdom, merging it with the challenges of our everyday lives to the point the transitions between the two are seamless...most, relevant. Highly recommended, this!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I read the first chapter and wasn't impressed. The Tao is supposed to help you live simply and richly, without all the planning, striving and forcing that we are taught to do in western culture. Then this book (that is supposed to be about the Tao) has all these hints and lists and "to do's" of things to do to implement the Tao. Seems to oppose all that the Tao is teaching.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marina Quattrocchi

    Diane Dreher's The Tao of Inner Peace was published in 1990 but the wisdom here is timeless and just as applicable today. The book is divided into themes such as: Facing your Fears, Releasing Tension, Seeking Simplicity, Taoist Problem Solving, and Natural Cycles. Each chapter contains the passage or passages from the Tao Te Ching related to the theme, an explanation of the principals, and interesting real life situations to help the reader understand the concepts even further. In the first chap Diane Dreher's The Tao of Inner Peace was published in 1990 but the wisdom here is timeless and just as applicable today. The book is divided into themes such as: Facing your Fears, Releasing Tension, Seeking Simplicity, Taoist Problem Solving, and Natural Cycles. Each chapter contains the passage or passages from the Tao Te Ching related to the theme, an explanation of the principals, and interesting real life situations to help the reader understand the concepts even further. In the first chapter we're told the Tao Te Ching has been translated more than any book, but the Bible. By the end I felt like I understood the principals in a way I never had before. Many explanations of the Tao are often cryptic and complex, but this book was quite readable and easy to understand. Lao Tsu wrote these principals twenty-five centuries ago as a handbook for leaders, and their messages are just as relevant and important today. Understanding these principals helps the reader lead a life of harmony and balance, where you're in tune with nature and your spirit.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zachariah

    I know, I know... "It's an explanation of a book that's essentially self-explanatory." I'd even agree if its scope was as narrow as to only carry paraphrases and excerpts of the myriad Tao Te Ching translations. (Although when dealing with a concept this "un-Taoable", it's un-Tao-tibly useful to approach it from as many p.o.v's as possible. Groan.) Thankfully, this isn't the case at all. What we find instead is a worthwhile treatise on a number of important Taoist concepts, as well as a trove of I know, I know... "It's an explanation of a book that's essentially self-explanatory." I'd even agree if its scope was as narrow as to only carry paraphrases and excerpts of the myriad Tao Te Ching translations. (Although when dealing with a concept this "un-Taoable", it's un-Tao-tibly useful to approach it from as many p.o.v's as possible. Groan.) Thankfully, this isn't the case at all. What we find instead is a worthwhile treatise on a number of important Taoist concepts, as well as a trove of simple daily applications to becoming more at ease with a world whose nature with which we must flow. Definitely a cobbler's guide for those still wishing to pave the world in leather. You'll need a toolbox, however, so pick up a copy of the Tao Te Ching if you haven't one already.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Atlas

    Inspiring! Reading this book in the woods somewhere in the Poconos, gave me a renewed self-peace that elevated to a reunion with nature. On the third month, I gave up being a vegetarian. Haha. No offense to tofu, especially "tokwa't baboy", but I realized that tofu could never replace meat. All the lyrical teachings of Tao were still refreshing and intuitive.

  9. 5 out of 5

    J.G. Mullin

    Good as a self-motivation book, but not so good as way to learn taoist principles or philosophy. The author uses liberties in her application of taoist philosophy and practices for modern day life, which many may find helpful if simply looking for improvements in their everyday life, but are misleading if you're actually looking to learn about Taoist philosophy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shaughnessy Davis

    Simply put this book is amazing. It invites us to learn ourselves and cooperate with natural cycles and one another. It is filled with the wisdom of the Tao to motive us to create inner and external peace.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    this book has become a guide for me. i reread it in 2005, then again in 2006 and 2007. each time i read it something jumps out at me that is relevant and meaningful to that point in time. it helps me stay grounded and at peace.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kat Burke

    Truly one of the most influential books for me. It has positively affected my life and helped me see the world as more interconnected than I had realized. Most of us want the same things. Once you realize how to live in the moment and treat everyone as you’d want to be treated, life is a lot easier and more worthwhile.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ben Myhre

    I read this a long time ago and remember really liking it. I thought it was pretty good this time, but nothing spectacular.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    It's a book that I have bought over and over again either because I borrowed to someone or lost it from moving. I will always love this book when I'm feeling overly stressed. When I am looking to refocus my life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mitch

    This was a decent introduction into Taoism; however, it felt extremely dated (really a product of the 90's) and the depth of Taoism was sacrificed for a more applicable reading of this philosophy. I can understand where the author is coming from, yet, for example, the clearly made-up incidental people used as examples for her points only made the book feel disingenuous. No your friend Tasha did not have a life-changing moment because of X, Y, or Z. That being said, the broader historical (read: This was a decent introduction into Taoism; however, it felt extremely dated (really a product of the 90's) and the depth of Taoism was sacrificed for a more applicable reading of this philosophy. I can understand where the author is coming from, yet, for example, the clearly made-up incidental people used as examples for her points only made the book feel disingenuous. No your friend Tasha did not have a life-changing moment because of X, Y, or Z. That being said, the broader historical (read: real) examples were engaging. Ultimately the book does a good job of introducing a practical approach for incorporating elements of Taoism into their life. Not really a read for anyone who's kinda familiar with its principles. An extra star was given because I found myself actually saying to myself: "I am one with Tao", a mantra presented by the book. Thought it was ridiculous until I said it in response to a stressful situation. Still kinda silly and literal, but it caught me off-guard, so 3/5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Penelope Rothfield

    I keep this book by my bed. The author's voice is very intelligent and soothing and good company. Dreyer shows us how to apply the principles of the Tao to everyday life in ways that are practical and uplifting and effective. The author suggests exercises and affirmations that have helped me quite a bit and support me in living the kind of life I believe in. I keep a mini-copy of the Tao Te Ching in my purse---

  17. 4 out of 5

    Madeline Ellis

    this book dawson gave to me to read in china...and i did. i didn't know much about taoism before i read this book but it gave me a wonderful introduction to it. it gives you steps throughout the book to practice and become more aware of nature and the philosophy of the tao and how to really apply it in everyday life. this is the kind of book you keep and read again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    This book was great. Filled with personal experiences, as well as examples of friends and public figures made the lessons of Taoism seem very applicable. I truly think every person should read this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Some positive insight into the Tao outlook on how we are all connected which is an area I am enjoying studying right now. A little more politics that I personally am into, but that does not in any way throw negative on the book and the message.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Astrid

    Highly recommended. A book that changes lives. The chapters are easy to get through; beginning with an excerpt from the Tao Te Ching, a brief explanation, and then real life examples of how you can relate. Finally the chapter closes with a personal exercise and positive affirmation.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    I love this book. It is full of gentle wisdom. Her paraphrases of some of the Tao Te Ching are beautiful. It gives much hope for a better world if people would follow some of her suggestions – everything from personal meditation to global action. I highly recommend this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book helps to keep me sane! Whenever I feel negative, I just read a few pages and the world begins to make sense again ;) It's not necessarily a book that I would read from cover to cover, but I do recommend it for the inspiring messages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Drew Fagot

    It was kind of disappointing. While the book had good points in it, it became too hippy like for me. I love exploring Taoism but this book started to branch off from what Taoism really is. I didn't even finish the book I became so bored with it by the end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael B

    My best buddy,Quinn gave me this book in the early 90's, while i was searching for truth. At the time, this book started my questions, journey and eventually led me back to my spirituality and a belief in God and in something greater than myself.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cor

    This is a book I love to pick up now and again. There is something about it that is easy to read and calming, which is why I often like to read a passage or two before falling to sleep at night.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debi

    Excellent guidance on inner reflection. Easy to pick out chapters based on current interest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Racquel Lopez

    This was a very good book for me while going through changes in my life. It helped me with my thoughts, feelings and to live with the choices I've made.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Janiro

    Everyone needs to own a copy of this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Beese

    Serene and peaceful book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    This is my all time favorite book on Taoism. I go back to it again and again.

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