Jack Valentine is having a very bad day. He's chronically unhappy, unfulfilled and broke; his girlfriend has left him; and he's just been hit by a truck. Still, when he wakes up in a hospital covered in bruises, he's certain it's all happening for a reason. As Jack recovers, his dying hospital roommate, who happens to be Jack's long-lost father, imparts some final advice: the only three questions that matter are whether one has lived wisely, loved well and served greatly. He sends Jack on a journey around the world to meet three teachers (the saint, surfer and CEO), who guide him through a spiritual transformation and help him answer the three questions. Sharma, a motivational speaker and "life coach," has attempted a spiritual allegory
la Paulo Coelho's classic, The Alchemist. Unfortunately, Sharma's book lacks any narrative drive, the characters are thinly rendered and the dialogue is almost comically wooden ("You're getting to be a pretty good surfer there Jack." "It's become a passion of mine Moe"). Readers seeking Sharma's brand of advice (e.g., "see your life as a fantastic growth school" and "be true to yourself") will lose nothing simply turning to the last page, where the book's lessons are laid out in 10 succinct bullet points.
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Robin Sharma is one of the world's premier thinkers on leadership, personal growth and life management. The bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, ISBN: 0062515675, sold 40,000 in US; Who Will Cry When You Die?, ISBN: 1-4019-0012-7; and The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO hardcover, ISBN: 1-4019-0016-X. and four other books on self-transformation. Robin Sharma is in constant demand internationally as keynote speaker at the conferences of many of the most powerful companies on the planet including Microsoft, Nortel Networks, General Motors, FedEx and IBM. He is a resident of Ontario, Canada. For more of Robin's knowledge, visit robinsharma.com , one of the Web's most popular resources for success in business and in life.
I like this book mostly because it is written as a story making it easy to read for everyone.
It really makes you think about how you're living your life and gives you... Read more
If you want to learn about what the author wanted to say, read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people by Stehpen Covey. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by afonya
I'd rate this book higher, but it really steals the basic plot setup of his earlier book THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003
An excellent book on how to live a happy life, although it might not suit everyone's conception: the book does provide a remarkable aid to gain greater insight on how to find your... Read morePublished on May 2 2003 by Laurean Pekurar
This is a great book. Like a story told by your grandparents and parents on a warm summer night, this book contains lessons and truisms that are timeless. Read morePublished on March 4 2003
Sharma's book is a thinly veiled litany of pop-success, self-improvement, and leadership aphorisms and clichés which could be collected from any half-dozen other books or... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by "drfoole"
What a great book! I have read "The Saint" twice in the past week. The secrets to a successful life in many ways are hidden in the most secret of places- within... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002