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Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living

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“Conventional wisdom,” says Roger Housden, “tells us that nobody goes to heaven for having a good time.” Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living, then, is a refreshing, liberating, and decidedly welcome dose of unconventional wisdom that awakens us to the simple delights and transformative joys of the world around us.

With elegance, gentle humor, and remarkable openness, Housden takes us along as he recalls his personal journey toward an appreciation of what he calls the Seven Pleasures: The Pleasure of All Five Senses, The Pleasure of Being Foolish,The Pleasure of Not Knowing, The Pleasure of Not Being Perfect, The Pleasure of Doing Nothing Useful, The Pleasure of Being Ordinary, and The Pleasure of Coming Home.

Housden writes, for instance, of submitting to the ultimate folly of falling in love, of celebrating our imperfections, of coming to understand the virtues of the Slow Food movement while enjoying an all-afternoon lunch in a small French village, and of discovering in a Saharan cave that, however extraordinary our surroundings, “we are human, a glorious nothing much to speak of”—and learning to be at peace with the notion.

Such pleasures may be suspect in today’s achievement-driven, tightly scheduled, relent-lessly self-improving, conspicuously consumptive culture, but surely the greater sin lies in letting them slip away moment by precious moment. “The purpose of this book,” says Housden, “is to inspire you to lighten up and fall in love with the world and all that is in it.” Reading it is a pleasure indeed.

“When you die,God and the angels will hold you accountablefor all the pleasures you were allowed in life that you denied yourself.”

Roger Housden, author of the bestselling Ten Poems series, presents a joyously affirmative, warmly personal, and spiritually illuminating meditation on the virtues of opening ourselves up to pleasures like being foolish, not being perfect, and doing nothing useful, the pleasure of not knowing, and even (would you believe it?) the pleasure of being ordinary.

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Roger Housden emigrated from England to the United States in 1998 and now lives in New York City and New Jersey. He is

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Synopsis:

The author of the Ten Poems series celebrates human imperfection and temptation by introducing the Seven Sins that can make life more satisfying and pleasurable, including Sensual Pleasures, Foolishness, Do Nothing Useful, Celebrate the Ordinary, Give Up on Perfection, No Knowing, and Come Home. 40,000 first printing.

Table of Contents

The pleasure of not being perfect — The pleasure of being foolish — The pleasure of impossible questions — The pleasure of all five senses — The pleasure of doing nothing useful — The pleasure of being ordinary — The pleasure of coming home.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307346025
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Subject:
Self-Help-General
Author:
Housden, Roger
Author:
Roger Housden
Subject:
Self-General
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Life
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Self Help-Simple Living
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20051206
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
208

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"Synopsis" by , Roger Housden emigrated from England to the United States in 1998 and now lives in New York City and New Jersey. He is

the

"Synopsis" by , The author of the Ten Poems series celebrates human imperfection and temptation by introducing the Seven Sins that can make life more satisfying and pleasurable, including Sensual Pleasures, Foolishness, Do Nothing Useful, Celebrate the Ordinary, Give Up on Perfection, No Knowing, and Come Home. 40,000 first printing.
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