If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules Hardcover – Sep 15 1998
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If you loved "The Rules for Being Human" attributed to "Anonymous" in the bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul, you're in luck. The author--corporate trainer Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.--has stepped forward and written a follow-up book: If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules. This book, "a basic spiritual primer for what it means to be a human," discusses each of the 10 rules (e.g., "There are no mistakes, only lessons," and "Lessons are repeated until learned,") and discusses them with kindness, eloquence, and wisdom. For example, rule 1 is, "You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth." Carter-Scott discusses the challenge of making peace with the body we've been given, and the lessons of acceptance (appreciating it as it is), self-esteem (viewing yourself as worthy, despite how your body looks or performs), respect (treating it like a "valuable and irreplaceable object"), and pleasure (indulging in the five senses to "unlock the joy stored within you"). Similarly, each of the rules has four "lessons." You'll read this inspirational book more than once, and mark quotes to tell friends. --Joan Price
From Publishers Weekly
In another winner from the author of the bestselling If Life Is a Game/If Love Is a Game series, Carter-Scott gently expresses her wisdomDeven if she doesn't break any new ground in the inspirational field. Careful not to define success as financial prosperity, Carter-Scott eloquently encourages readers to realize their own goals and dreams, not society's vision for them. To that end, she offers simple, profound suggestions for identifying and attaining personally defined success. Her approach is more philosophical and less dogmatic, and her voice is more engaging, than those in many self-help books covering the same territory. Respectful of her readersDshe addresses them as intelligent adults capable of introspection, analysis and changeDCarter-Scott suggests challenging exercises for self-discovery (such as writing one's life story and identifying role models) as well as for finding one's gifts, overcoming limiting beliefs and "stay[ing] positive." Her comments on time management and working cooperatively with others are similarly valuable gems. Agent, Debra Goldstein at the Creative Culture. Simultaneous BDD Audio. (Dec..-- positive." Her comments on time management and working cooperatively with others are similarly valuable gems. Agent, Debra Goldstein at the Creative Culture. Simultaneous BDD Audio. (Dec.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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passage entitled "The Rules for Being Human" . . . it was originally
attributed to "Anonymous," but the author (Cherie Carter-Scott)
eventually came forward and wrote a follow-up book: IF LIFE IS
A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES.
In this latter effort, Carter-Scott makes the rules come alive by
relating them to stories drawn from her own encounters, along
with examples from her family, close friends and workshop
participants . . . you almost feel as if she is talking with you
I found this short book to be most thought-provoking and
one that I will want to revisit--often.
There were several memorable passages . . . however, methinks
that you'll most enjoy just thinking about the various rules
You will receive a body.
You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration
of your life on Earth.
You will be presented with lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "life."
Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to
learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but
you have designed them as part of your curriculum.
There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors,
and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much a
part of the process as the experiments that work.
A lesson is repeated until learned.
Lessons will repeated to you in various forms until you have
learned them. When you have learned them, you can then go on
to the next lesson.Read more ›
What makes this book great is accuracy. It is a clear description of what goes into being successful. Instead of feeding into people's illusions it clearly describes what you really must do to be successful.
It just amazes me how people exist in denial. They blame others instead of simply seeing that they create all aspects of their lives. They want luck to play a major role in their achievements, friendships, love and career success, when really you make your own life.
This book will set you straight. The author is intelligent and a good writer. The bio says she's done seminars with individual coaching for 20 years. I believe it. She's obviously taken the time to learn what works and has written a quality book that made a significant difference for me. If you're ready to bring some effective new ways of thinking, relating and working into your life, things that will make a difference, this book is one of the best you'll find to help you learn how to do that for yourself.
On the other hand, I think the book's premise as described in the title is an incomplete one. Let me give you an analogy. We know chess is a game. I can teach you the rules, and that will do you little good unless you develop skill or only play unskilled opponents. Then I can give you the rules of how to succeed at chess, but if you do not develop enough skill, you still will not win at chess unless the opponents are less skillful. Many of the rules in this book are the equivalent of telling a new chess player to think 8 moves ahead before picking the next move. Easily said, but hard to do.
My point is that this book usually gives you very correct information, but at a level of generalization that will only get you started in the direction of where you need to go . . . not give you the skill to get there.
By comparison, I have attended many excellent seminars that emphasized similar material. In those circumstances, working on exercises with a new "buddy" met at the seminar and writing in a journal provided the focus, discipline, and feedback to start making progress. This book also has exercises, but doesn't give you enough direction for how to work on them to make the kind of progress you could be making.
Having said that, this book will be great for people who are already very focused on success and just have a need for a little better direction in how to pursue it. If you are just getting stuck a little now and then, you will probably do very well with this book.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It was what I expected . I was told it was insightful. it wasPublished 22 months ago by MarilynPruesse
It's a good book. It's very well written and sometimes insightful but nothing too surprising or that didn't already know intuitively or from other books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Samuel Moisan-Domm
Could have been more aptly titled, Owners guide to being human.
Should be required curriculum in schools for how life works. Read more
I absolutely loved the book. I would have liked the card to indicate its connection to the rule from which it's derived. However, the cards are appealing to the eye. Read morePublished on July 29 2010 by Never Say Never
Never judge a book by its cover, or in this case, by its size. This title, a mere 137 pages in my hardcover format that is only 3/4 the size of most hardcovers, packs a wallop. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2009 by Amazon Customer
Have you ever found a book that can serve and satisfy all criterias?
Strentghs: simple, easy to read, great examples. Read more
An excellent concept that is simple to understand and apply to your life. The conversational and easy to read presentation of the rules invites to seriously think about your life... Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by Verna Cornelia Simmons, Ph.D.
For those who've consciously been searching for themselves for some time now, the message of this book is oft-heard and come across. Read morePublished on March 12 2003 by Lea Dimarucut
While a small number of good points are made, the author fails to expand upon them. There is nothing terribly profound or "enlightening" in this book, but mostly an... Read morePublished on March 8 2003