The Gift of Peace by Ben Stein

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In ancient Hebrew prayers, the highest wish that any worshiper can offer to another is that the Almighty will give the worshiper “the greatest of all gifts—the gift of peace.” Ben Stein’s latest book, The Gift of Peace, comprises more than 500 lessons about how to live life in a state of peace. Drawing from wisdom learned in 12-step meetings and from his own meditations, Stein reveals the guideposts that have taken him (over the last 16 years) to a life incomparably more serene and uncomplicated than it once was. The lessons in The Gift of Peace are about surrender to God, turning envy around, realizing one’s own unimportance in the universe, and achieving humility through actions as well as thoughts. Think of this book as a lifetime supply of non-addictive, no-side-effect tranquilizers and antidepressants and you have it just about right. Thorough, repeated readings of these homilies, especially upon waking and at bedtime, offer genuine calm and peace.

About Ben Stein

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BENJAMIN STEIN, PE, is a consulting engineer and former associate professor at B'zalel Institute's School of Environmental Design in Jerusalem. He worked in New York City for over 25 years as a consulting engineer. He is coauthor of Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings- a text for architecture students, now in its eighth edition, also available from Wiley. Ben Stein can be seen talking about finance on Fox TV news every week. He is known to many as a movie and television personality, but has probably worked more in personal and corporate finance than anything else. He has written about finance for "Barron's" and "The Wall Street Journal" for decades and contributes regularly to the AARP's "Modern Maturity" (now "AARP: The Magazine"). He was one of the chief busters of the junk bond frauds of the 1980s, has been a long-time critic of corporate executives' self-dealing, and has written several self-help books about personal finance. Phil DeMuth was valedictorian of his class at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972, then got his master's in communications and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. An investment psychologist with a longstanding interest in the stock market, he has written for "The Wall Street Journal" and "Barron's," as well as "Human Behavior "and "Psychology Today." His opinions have been quoted on and "Fortune Magazine" and is president of Conservative Wealth Management in Los Angeles.
Published March 1, 2005 by Hay House. 204 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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