Raised in the tumult of Japan’s industrial powerhouse, the 11 men and women profiled in A Different Kind of Luxury have all made the transition to sustainable, fulfilling lives. Based on Andy Couturier's popular articles in The Japan Times, this lushly designed volume has a wealth of stories about real people who have created an abundance of time for contemplation, connecting with the natural world, and contributing to their communities. In their success is a lesson for us all: live a life that matters. Read an excerpt of the book here or here. Read a review of the book here, here, or here.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Not bracketed

Just saw this on  a blog that reviewed my book and I liked it a lot.  It was what I hoped to be doing when I wrote it:

I have read many books on how the various Japanese arts like Shodo, Chado, Kendo, etc. can be a conduit for spiritual cultivation. But this book was able to indicate a way for one to bring this cultivation to inform a whole different way of life, instead of having your practice "bracketed" and compartmentalized as a hobby after the demands of work, society and the family.

Also got a postal letter yesterday that said that A Different Kind of Luxury was one of this persons "most important books I've ever read."  This, I believe is much more a testament to the amazing people profiled, but Yeah, I did work pretty hard on it.  Please, if you have a good message for the world, steel yourself against the winds of distraction and just FINISH it.  There's a lot of bad, and it's up to each of us to put out good things into this benighted world.

In celebration of occasional blog posting!

1 comment:

  1. I'm reading it for the second time, so much to savor with this book!