About The Book
'Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind'
There are days when life goes so smoothly with no issues, we can forget our woes for a while. At other times, life becomes fraught and tense, just like those stormy days when a vessel has to avoid the hazards of land, with shallows, rocks, rip-tides and collisions, or there's fog to cloud our vision. There is always a guide, a pilot book to help avoid being ship-wrecked. But how about life's hazards that we have to face to be happy and content, and avoid being wrecked? This is that pilot book, for life's voyage.
Much of our behaviour is seen as deriving from our basic animal origins and those prehistoric tribal instincts that still include the ever-present question of a belief in God. On this, our understanding is still poor, but in his book, Richard presents a logical and realistically refreshing concept of God that anyone of any or no belief or any faith can accept.
Intriguing philosophical answers to the riddles, 'What is the meaning and purpose of life?' and, 'What is love?' are proposed in this book that looks at how we behave, what our motivations might be, meaning our moral standards, our attitudes, our habits and our money. The author identifies the force of 'goodness,' which grants life and points us towards what is right and just, and is there for anyone seeking betterment, empowerment or just peace of mind.
Some of the metaphysical concepts of religious faith and Christianity have been put under the microscope, so that any man or woman in the street can see more clearly what does, and what does not, make sense to them about our existence. Beautifully presented, this book is a cheering, thought-provoking and intriguing commentary on life today that begs to be re-read, studied and retained for reference, and for others in the family to read and think about the way we live, our relationships, hopes and fears, and making decisions work, as well as asking, ‘How is it some just seem to sail through life?'
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The genre is social commentary; a philosophical commentary on life today and where it has come from, the essence of life; life with all its vagaries, challenges and mysteries, and our aspirations for achievement, contentment and understanding. The author argues the strengths and weaknesses of human relationships, our beliefs and our ethics, and rationalises Christian orthodoxies with questions about our existence, that which is suspected, but unknown, in a well-balanced way that is intriguing.
In navigational terms it is a pilot book, a book that can guide us to a safe haven.