About The Book
'Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind'
def: auspicious, propitious - likely to turn out well, on track, promising.
This is a beautiful book. It is enchanting and enticing. Its vocabulary is a joy, with meaningful sentences in beautiful prose, sometimes with satire, allegory, similes or metaphors. It can stir the soul and feed the senses; it is heart-warming and encouraging of hope for all that can be best in humankind. It is about how we can view life, have an awareness of our spirituality and a rational understanding of our emotions, with a sound mind, fair, reasonable and principled, and truly know what it means to accept responsibility for all our actions.
The subject matter ranged over is wide, from discussing the origins of life itself, to how aspects of our tribal ancestors continue to be manifested in humankind today. Included are thoughts for the concerns many have about an after-life and those who ask if God exists, and if so, what form, nature and power does God have? The meaning and purpose of life are defined and discussed as well as love as a human characteristic, our mortality and our inevitable ageing body and mind. The author focuses on relationships and bonding and how we are all interdependent, even internationally interdependent. Acknowledging most folks are peace loving, matters of faith, religion, morals and ethics feature largely in this book, together with an examination of some of the major tenets of the Christian faith.
Here is encouragement for our opinions to be flexible, to be wary of causes and cults, and to be more accepting of people, and of peoples. Richard Camden says how we look at our uniformed forces is important, and that issues of honour, truth and trust as well as hate and violence are put under the microscope. He recommends we give due and serious attention to our physical body as well as our earthly wealth, else, like the good time on the 'council boating lake of life,' the attendant will call us in sooner than seems fair.
The success indicated in the book's title is that natural desire in us to be happy, but it takes some effort on our part to bring that about. The wide coverage here will help with those expectations, such as considering what we'd hope would be said about us at our funeral. It is not a book to be rushed, but studied rather than read. Each paragraph makes a point, each of the forty chapters is a subject on its own, and each of the seven parts could be a book in itself.
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The genre of books is more important to some than others, and if we must have genre, then, in its simplest form, there is either fiction or non-fiction, which latter is usually regarded as fact. When an author sets out to write their interpretation of supposed fact, supported by documents, anecdotal evidence and hearsay, and to draw conclusions and inferences from whatever has been generally regarded as fact, then the author's thinking can be rated as imagination, suspicion or the application of reasoning and logic. So, in other words, not fact but fiction.
Many books, history books and biographies have this head-mix of fact and fiction and Richard Camden's book is the same. Known facts, general facts rather than specific instances are interpreted based on the author's patient observations, people experiences and outcomes, reading and study.
Welcome to Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind. Happy reading.