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The Adventure of Living

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 250 pages
Published 1976 by Harper & Row (first published 1965)
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Sue
Jan 26, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, read-2014
Translated from its original French, this book was written in 1965 by a Swiss doctor, but is still surprisingly relevant today. He starts with the thesis that humans are made for 'adventure', but in the course of the book goes on to explain that this doesn't just mean high-risk thrills, but includes creativity, thoughtful changes, and - most of all - listening to and working with God. He cites many anecdotes from his own life and those of some of his patients, whom he attempted to treat ...more
Elizabeth Goode
Nov 09, 2011 Elizabeth Goode rated it really liked it
This book was written in the sixties but the ideas are surprisingly relevant. The author, a Swiss GP, maintains that in creating mankind in his own image, God, himself a great adventurer, has implanted his own spirit of adventure in us. He points out that God's work of creation is a colourful, inventive and energetic affair and maintains that human work should be the same. Modern human ills such as addictions, excessive activism, materialism and psychological or somatic illnesses are the result ...more
John
May 05, 2016 John rated it it was ok
This book contains lots about how a human needs to tap into the "adventure" in life. There is much truth in this book. Even though the book had depth, I lost interest because I felt I was reading the same message from a different perspective with each chapter.
Karson
Feb 02, 2008 Karson rated it really liked it
This is the second book I read by this guy. About enjoying life and all its craziness, which more often then not doesn't seem too enjoyable to me. Rather than enrich the chaos can threaten. Often times thats what it does to me, but this book is about loving it all. I might pick it up again.
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Paul Tournier was a Swiss physician and author who had acquired a worldwide audience for his work in pastoral counselling. His ideas had a significant impact on the spiritual and psychosocial aspects of routine patient care, and he had been called the twentieth century's most famous Christian physician.
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