I’ve been trying to get Mavis Karn to write a book for years now, and just in time for her 83rd birthday, she’s come through with one of the simplest, most beautiful, and just plain helpful books imaginable. It’s a collection of fifteen love letters to you, the reader, where she shares her own unique take and stories from over 40 years of sharing this work with others.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the foreword I wrote for the book:
Mavis Karn has been… my teacher, colleague, friend, and confidante. She’s been my coach, sharing strategies during timeouts in the great game of life; she’s also been my secret weapon in those moments when it felt like I was going into battle.
But while I would love to spend more words putting Mavis up on a pedestal, I know she would just hop off and remind me that we’re all made of the same “god stuff” – and that when we remember that simple fact we have as much potential for happiness, joy, and impact as anyone in history. In fact, the only thing that makes one person seem more patient, kinder, or wiser than another is what they’ve come to see about who human beings really are and how perfectly well we’re made.
There are so many simple truths packed into the pages of this little book that it’s difficult for me to pick out my favorites, but here are a few that have made the biggest difference in my own life:
- Our feelings exist to teach us how to make better use of the gift of thought(Letter One)
- There is not one person on the planet who is not perfectly well made(Letter Five)
- Figuring things out is overrated(Letter Nine)
- We’re not stuck with our habits, no matter how long we may have had them(Letter Ten)
- Worry is not a prerequisite to living a long and happy life(Letter Eleven)
Because we don’t have an exact release date for the book yet (Amazon assures us it will be this year and we want to believe them :-), to encourage you to pre-order your copy (or copies) now, if you order via the Thanksgiving Sale page you’ll get instant access to a 90 minute talk I gave at Alternatives in St. James Church in London earlier this year called “A User’s Manual for Human Beings”, where I shared excerpts from the book and stories about how the simple ideas inside have changed my life and the lives of thousands of others!
For now the book will only be available as paperback – while we may eventually an release e-book and even audio book edition, we thought having something you can hold in your hand and carry around in your briefcase/purse/jacket pocket would be a great way to start!
Orders will be shipped to your billing address via Amazon on release and the price includes postage and packaging.