Derek Lin’s The Tao of Daily Life is the 7th book that I have chosen from the shelves of Pioneer Book while blindfolded.

This was a great book, and I only regret reading it so quickly as part of my challenge this year. When consumed so quickly, it became more of a Tao for Dummies.

The book has just over 30 short chapters, each beginning with a short story, maxim, poem, or verse from Chinese tradition. After the traditional story, usually involving some Tao sage or master, Derek Lin adds his commentary to help even the least experienced to understand the principles of the Tao inherent in the story.

I would suggest reading this book slowly, over the course of a whole month, perhaps. Read the traditional story in the morning and take some notes to help you remember the story during the day. Then at the end of the day, go back and read Lin’s commentary and insights. If nothing else, reading this book slowly and digesting it would closer resemble the principles of the Tao anyway.

4/5 stars. Would recommend.

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