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The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart

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TITLE : The Tao of Willie AUTHOR : Willie Nelson with Turk Pipkin FORMAT : Hardback Book with Dust Jacket PUBLISHER : Gotham Books DATE : 2006 (first printing) SIZE: About 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" PAGES: 186
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 9th 2006 by Gotham (first published May 1st 2006)
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Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A little book that doesn't say anything you haven't heard before and basically boils down to "Don't be a dick to yourself or others". Although it's a well-worn message, it's a good one and it never hurts to be reminded of it now and then.
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"If you love music, then you are my friend. And furthermore,'s good to have lots of friends." -- Willie Nelson

I've loved Willie's music ever since I first heard Red Headed Stranger, then Phases and Stages. I delved into his earlier music and loved it all, too. Then forward into the present, and it's great, too. This little book is Willie's pithy take on living a good, real, honest life. Willie led me to Townes Van Zandt who, with his philosophy: "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies . . .
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Willie Nelson muses on nearly everything. Willie tells autobiographical stories about growing up in Abbott, Texas with his sister and life-long musical partner, Bobbie. When not writing about his personal life, Willie discusses politics. His views on some topics are well-known (family farms vs. corporate farms) and other topics may be news to readers (the Electoral College). Although Willie shares his opinions on politics, he devotes the largest sections of the book to his two great loves, golf ...more
Max Wilson
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Willie Nelson is the greatest living American philosopher. Willie Nelson is the cure for European Existentialism (or nihilism of any variety). Willie Nelson is the cure for Judeo-Christian-Islamist fundamentalism and it variants. Willie Nelson is the cure for materialist neo-fascism masquerading as patriotism in America today. He is on the middle path. He is able to laugh at himself before anyone else gets the chance to do so. He is love. He has written more than 2500 songs - just listen to 100 ...more
Adam Sprague
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Sadly, he talks more about himself and his music career than philosophy. About two paragraphs of actual deep thinking, a lot of music lyrics, and a ton of self praise.
Thoughtful, engaging, funny, and surprisingly wise, Willie Nelson muses on damn near everything in this book: music, Texas, women, politics, golf, yoga, wandering, patriotism, biodiesel, his bandmates, his friends, his family, and his neighbors in Hawai'i.

Surprisingly, he even talks about cannabis. Who would've ever imagined Willie Nelson was a pothead?

Oh right. Everyone.
Rebecca Campbell
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE WILLIE! His music and his books. He is alot more than just a singer/songwriter. Wish he was my dad.
Lenora Good
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a friend said, this is The Book of Joy – Light. Many laugh-out-loud areas, and a lot of good aphorisms to live by. Willie Nelson has climbed higher on my Ladder of Esteem. One of the nice things about Taoism is one can be a Taoist (or Buddhist) AND (insert religion of choice). Willie is a Taoist and a Christian, and he has a delightful way of presenting the teaching of one, the other, or both (they aren't so different).

Highly recommend this book. Once you get it, Sit. Listen. Breathe. Dream.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love Willie...
Lynn Smith
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been listening to Willie Nelson sing for most of my life. I've even been privileged to attend several Willie Nelson concerts in my life. He's written over 2,500 songs, and no one sings longer at concerts or more of their own songs than Willie. You always get your money's worth. I've read a few biographies and one autobiography. I enjoyed this book for the second time. Willie's philosophies are simple but profound, much like the man himself. He intertwines philosophy with humor and tells ...more
Barbara Jean Stokes
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolute delight. Already a fan of Willie's music & community compassion, I was uplifted by his humorous & clever applications to life's everyday experiences & lessons. His insight about them & advice given were golden.
Peter Wolfley
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a huge Willie Nelson fan but I can't give this book more than 3 stars and have any self respect for myself as a Goodreads reviewer.

I imagine this book is just a collection of rambling rants somebody recorded on Willie's tour bus.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
For Willie fans.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read. I saw a side of Willie I never knew existed.

Happiness is Now!
Sarah Youngquist
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some beautiful insights into the mind of someone who is not afraid to love openly and to live life to its fullest.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Weird but enjoyable - much like Willie Nelson himself.

It's a strange book; a mix of homespun philosophy and tales from the road but it is extremely readable and nicely put together.
Robin Crocker
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely awesome. Better than I predicted
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick easy read with a few jokes. Who doesn't love this man?
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Willie! There is not much else to say. He wants us to love each other. Everything else will just fall into place.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
More Willie and less philosophy than expected. I like Willie, though, so it was still an enjoyable read.
Sam Motes
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full of wit and wisdom far deeper than expected. His insight on life, politics, and drug enforcement that needs to be reckoned with.
Margaret Lara
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Willie is a wise man. Loved the book, his insights and the jokes.
C.E. Hanna
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
It’s fun, but it won’t change your life or outlook in any respect.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Totally Willy, just livin' his life. All over the place, but cool to hang out with him for a bit.
Bryan Hargrave
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Aimless ramblings. A longer less inspiring version of Baz Luhrman's Everybody's Free sprinkled with out of place biographical anecdotes and POVs.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simply a wonderful, easy-to-read book that has you laughing as often as it makes you realize timeless truths. Excellent read.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
When you put your life in a good place, good things follow.

Tao - finding the balance between resistance and surrender.

The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics

Golden Rule - Do unto others as we would have them do unto you.

Different religions are just different paths leading to the same place. A thousand paths to a single destination.

The respect of others must be earned through the positive quality of our actions.

If you throw trash along the highways or
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Melinda and Kerry B
Shelves: audio-book
I grew up listening to Willie Nelson, my Dad's favorite musician to this day. Before I was 10 years old, I knew every word to Whiskey River, Good Hearted Woman, and Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys. And I still have the urge to belt out the lyrics any time I'm driving in a truck on a long stretch of road.
It was a special treat to be introduced to The Tao of Willie - to come to know this man (whom my Dad reveres as a hero) in a different light than I ever expected. Who knew this
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
Willie Nelson is an American treasure. He is a living legend. I'm happy I get to share the planet with him.

So what's not to love about this little book of his Cowboy Tao? He meanders through the years, recalling stories of his friends, family, touring, musical career, many wives, and adventures. When I sat down and actually thought about how old he is and how the world has changed while he was watching, I was even more enthralled by how forward-thinking he is. This man has a big heart, a sharp
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Tao of Willie a memoir by Willie Nelson I've always liked Willie's music and his unique voice. This book gives a glimpse of the REAL Willie, no gloss, no hiding behind a false front. You get true Willie with bawdry stories, cursing, his defense of smoking pot, his dislike of certain Presidents, but also, you get to understand his love of music and his concern (after his manner) for other people. Willie throws in some quotes by Chinese philosophers and each chapter seems to relate to that ...more
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