Publisher's Note:  

We can do more with this life. We all know it, we all wish for it, but just how to do it--that eludes us. In his new book, A Life Worth Breathing, internationally renowned spiritual philosopher and teacher Max Strom shows us the way. His groundbreaking book reaches past dogma in a language that is vital, inspired, and accessible. Strom leads us on a journey of self-discovery as we excavate our past in order to have a better understanding of our present. According to Max Strom, "We live in fear of terrorism but in actuality the most devastating terrorism comes from within us as we sabotage ourselves." With practical techniques, A Life Worth Breathing offers us a path to transformation with visionary insights on forgiveness, gratitude and self-empowerment. The teachings are rooted in Yoga, Sufism and Eastern philosophy, but make no mistake, this is not a yoga book of postures, it is a guidebook for living.  A Life Worth Breathing teaches us that by healing our past emotional wounds, silencing the inner critic that cripples us, and cultivating a yoga and breathing practice, we can elevate ourselves from the mindset of a reactionary victim to an authentic life of meaning, health, and joy. A life worth living, a life worth breathing.

A Life Worth Breathing

by Max Strom

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Overall Review:  

A beautiful look into the mindset of Max Strom, a worldwide respected teacher of personal transformation and yoga, A Life Worth Breathing satisfies a soul who's held its breath in for far too long.

Focusing on what Strom calls, The Three Pillars of Transformation:  body, mind, and emotions, the student/reader will learn to simultaneously immerse change within these three areas to culminate in a sacred journey within one's own self, a personal evolution.

It is nearly impossible to walk a spiritual path while the mind and emotions are in chaos and our bodies are weak and/or sickly. The aim of this book is to lead you into yourself, for it is within you that firsthand knowledge dwells.

The book is primarily divided into the afore mentioned three sections: body, mind, and emotions. Strom is able to convey his personal insights and experiences with each “pillar” in a friendly, modest fashion. His metaphors read like parables and give greater comprehension to the subject being discussed. Every few pages “exercises” or suggested activities are given to expand reader into student and eventually into mastering of his/her own self. These exercises are a beneficial tool to expand on what is being taught. It is one thing to know something by reading it; it is another to know by experiencing it.

A minor irritant is the repetition of some words and sentences. This could possibly be the author's way of driving home a point, and it may not bother some readers, as it is not incessant.

Readers of all dominations of faith can rest assured that even though Strom references different religious material, it is done respectfully. There is no pious criticism. In fact, all faiths are esteemed and given honorable recognition.

Seeking physical, mental, and spiritual healing? If so, Max Strom's A Life Worth Breathing, could be worth the investment.

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Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations. Note: The word “hell” is used a few times referring to a place, or state of being.

Violence/Gore:  Musings of injuries that caused broken bones as a child; recount of causing injury/pain to another individual while playing a game; mention of terrorism, the Medieval Inquisition's acts of brutality; comment on suicide; report of student who had been abused as a child (2x); mention of physical and sexual abuse (2x); comment on killing an animal to eat; mention of human trafficking and prostitution; comment on being stoned to death; mention of parent starving their child; brief non-descriptive account of friend being murdered; a few references throughout novel of wars and fighting in the world, past and present.

Sex/Nudity:  Report of a young man and woman engaging in a sexual affair that leads pregnancy, and being an unwed mother; mention of birth control; report of physical and sexual abuse (2x); comment on the body craving sex; mention of human trafficking and prostitution.

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None per se, but a few passing references to mature topics (see content review detail above).


Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A few comments on alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.

Reviewed By MaryLou
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