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The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success

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The Courage of a Samurai is a Japanese American's journey into bushido, the samurai's code of ethics. Each chapter features a timeless message about Japanese and Japanese Americans who applied the principles of courage, integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty to overcome life's challenges, and emerge stronger individuals. The Courage of a Samurai ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 21st 2016 by Aviva Publishing
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Fiona Ingram
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success by Lori Tsugawa Whaley is a most incredible book. I am not a huge fan of self-help books, having read a few and decided that many sort of chewed over the same advice. This is not a self-help book. This is a book that awakens those dim memories of being taught when young how to live properly, of doing the right thing, and living a life of integrity and moral uprightness. In the preface the author speaks about things that will have ...more
Geetanjali Mukherjee

* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

This book wasn’t at all what I expected - but in a good way. Although at times it seemed somewhat like reading a sermon, the simplicity of the moral code presented in the book is in especially sharp contrast with the current political climate. Presented through the stories of distinguished Japanese-Americans, the author describes a simple code of conduct derived from the samurai or warrior culture of Japan.

As a student of
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Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book tells the about the seven principals of being a Samurai. The seven principals are Courage, Integrity, Benevolence, Respect, Honesty, Honor, Loyalty, and Ganbaru. Each of the seven principals is broken into a chapter and we get to see what the definition of each word is and then the author goes into examples of how these principals have been shown in the past.

I loved how the author setup this book with explaining the principals and then giving amazing examples of how they were
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Michelle
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I don't typically read much non-fiction (though it seems like I have been reading more these past few years.) I decided to read this book because it featured Japanese culture and values and I wanted to learn about those things. Many of the examples used came from WWII heroes. That was a dark time in American history when we put people in internment camps simply because of their national origin. America put people in prison (even if they were born as American citizens) based ...more
Nia Ireland
This book wasn't quite what I was expecting after reading the synopsis. First, let me tell you my impressions of the book:
It was laid out like a devotional, with a page or two about one of the seven tenets of bushido and then a couple of examples of people who embodied these qualities.

I don't think it's any coincidence that the layout reminded me of a devotional as there were several references to the Bible throughout.
Most of the examples were about Japanese or Japanese-American people during
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Joy Corkery
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published here: https://joyfulantidotes.com/2017/06/2...

am an advocate of the self-help book. They might seem cheesy, and they won’t change your entire life, but you always finish up one having learned a thing or two. You may also think that they are all the same, but you are wrong.

The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success by Lori Tsugawa Whaley is a self-help book with a difference. It is broken into several chapters which focus on the samurai
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Wally Wood
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Lori Tsugawa Whaley is proud of her Japanese heritage and believes others can learn valuable lessons from it, which is why she has titled her book The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success.

According to her bio, Whaley "is a third-generation Japanese American and a descendant of the samurai. As a baby boomer, she grew up in a predominately Caucasian logging and farming community in rural southwest Washington state. Lori's character and work ethic were formed by working
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Brittany Reads
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Ishi no ue ni mo san nan,
Sit on a cold rock for three years until it becomes warm."

This was a quick and delightful read about the seven principles that make up the code of the samurai. I especially enjoyed the real-life case studies of Japanese and Japanese Americans who exhibited these traits.
I would strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about Japanese heritage and for anyone who really enjoyed the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The Courage of a Samurai has a
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Annie Hyatt
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review: The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword – Sharp Principles
for Success

The Japanese culture is both fascinating and multifaceted; the philosophy of the samurai is one such example. “The way of the warrior” also known as the Bushido – this is the name given to the guiding principles of the Samurai: defined as the feudal code of the Japanese Samurai, stressing self-discipline, courage, and loyalty. Lori Tsugawa Whaley, the author of book “The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword – Sharp
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James Crabtree
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This excellent book looks at the principles of Courage, Integrity, Benevolence, Respect, Honesty, Honor, Loyalty and Ganbaru, all principles which guided the traditional samurai in their duties. Ms. Whaley uses vignettes of many Japanese and Japanese-Americans to illustrate these principles and to make them relevant to the reader.

While I am interested in Japanese history and culture and have done some readings on both topics I still learned from this excellent book. Ms.Whaley knows the
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Edale Clark
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very easy reading. Loved learning about Japanese culture
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