About The Book
'Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind'
def: auspicious, propitious - likely to turn out well, on track, promising.
There are not many books that can be picked up for the first time and then read enjoyably and meaningfully by reading the chapters in reverse order, starting at the epilogue. Likewise, few books can be picked up and opened at any page at any time and read in a way that makes sense without the necessity of knowing what has gone before in the previous chapters. This is one such book, and that is part of its attraction. There are forty chapters, grouped into seven parts, each around a theme.
Richard Camden opens his book by discussing the raw essence of life, its origins and its meaning and purpose, and what of our animal origins has survived in the humanity of today. In the next part, the reader's attention is drawn to our moods and how they influence our behaviour and the decisions we make. This leads on to the third part, called, 'All That We Are,' and looks at who and what we have evolved to become, our characteristics, as individuals and our interactions as groups and nations.
In his following part, the author broaches the subject of a moral compass, and highlights some of the well-known guidelines from the scriptures looking at their relevance today. In the fifth part, 'Where Did It All Go Wrong,' the chapters look at people's ways of vindictiveness and ambition, that give others a bumpy ride through life. Our reactions and accommodations to that are explained in the sixth part that sets out how we can use our minds in a flexible way, especially regarding the causes and faiths we choose to adopt. In his final part, Richard encourages readers to keep life simple and always aim for a sound mind and healthy body.
Beautifully presented in hard cover, this book is also available in e-book format. It is about the way we live, our hopes and fears, our inter-actions with others and making decisions. The content matter is thought-provoking, being broad and reflective on a wide range of human relationships and society. It can be read like a text book, selecting a chapter of particular interest at that moment. It is a book that many will want to re-read and retain for reference. This is a book to be studied and will be of interest to those in business and in HR work. Here is an answer to the question, 'How is it some just seem to sail through life?'
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Today, the traditional distinctions between fiction and non-fiction are ever more blurred. Due to its structure, Richard Camden's book may be said to have several genres, but it is essentially a non-fiction appraisal of today's society and a life-commentary that has as one of its themes, a religious critique, with Christianity in particular.
It is very much a contemporary psychology with a leaning towards self-fulfilment (Aristotle's Eudaimonia) and 'practical thinking.' Included are some useful aspects of the humanities, and sociology. The author goes on to acknowledge the metaphysics of the power of goodness to be one of nature's physical forces.
Readers will find themselves contemplative of human behaviour in today's society, and drawn to reflect on the other subjects addressed. They will find this a pleasantly challenging book and a compelling read.