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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Remember the Way Sheriff Taylor Taught Barney Fife the Facts of Life?

Your Name Here: Guide to Life
By Michael Rosenbaum
Genre: Nonfiction: Inspirational/Self-Help
Publisher: Barosum Books (July 23, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0982501625
ISBN-13: 978-0982501627

Reviewed for Amazon by Dave Armon
Reviewer's Rating: 5 Stars

When the sheriff of Mayberry passed along a nugget of knowledge on TV's "Andy Griffith Show," it was delivered in such a folksy manner that it didn't sound or look like a lecture or dressing down. That's the kind of common sense and good vibes I got while absorbing the words of wisdom in Michael Rosenbaum's thoroughly enjoyable read, Your Name Here' Guide to Life.

With the recession of 2008-2009 prompting many of us to take stock in our personal fortunes -- monetarily and spiritually -- Rosenbaum's collection of insights and commentary is an easy-to-digest pathway to tranquility. Everyone has personal heroes and demons. Few of us have taken time to write about them and turn them into anecdotes suitable for sharing with our kids to help them be better people.

From a purely financial perspective, the money spent on this book could save thousands of dollars in psychotherapy.

In one story, the author tied his father's guilt of returning unscathed from World War II to a lesson about the motivations of people who volunteer. Later, Rosenbaum equated his mother's need to keep lists of birthday gifts received by the family to the futility of keeping personal scorecards that make individuals feel inferior.

Without preaching or trying to recruit the reader to join a cult, Michael Rosenbaum fills a void missing since many of us lack an Andy Griffith in our lives.

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