The Rhythm of Life

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Matthew Kelly, the charismatic minister, speaker and best-selling author from down under, wants you to live life out loud and on purpose. In this expanded version of The Rhythm of Life he syntheses Christian theology, cognitive psychology and storytelling to unpack the paradox of being happy. As Kelly explains, "We want to be happy. We know what makes us happy. But we don't do those things--because we are busy trying to be happy." So here's the gospel according to Kelly: Find a life-changing rhythm by choosing a central purpose and becoming "the best version of yourself." With examples draw from his own life and diverse cast of characters including Charlie Chaplin, Jude the apostle, piano man Billy Joel, the Magi, and Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, he maps the way to a meaningful life. Kelly makes thoughtful distinctions. He contrasts the difference between doing and having, the legitimate need for health and happiness with the illegitimate desire for expensive toys and the pursuit of minimalism vs. excellence. Then he gets specific, offering five questions about life's meaning, three instruments for anchoring your life and ten principles of excellence. At times, Kelly seems to be recycling his speeches and sermons or downplaying his religious stripes to seek a wider audience. And he lets cliches share the pages with memorable gems. But Kelly's gift is to convey the much-discussed ideas of personal accountability, mind management, and spirituality with passion and clarity. Barbara Mackoff

Do you ever feel that if you weren't so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled...and maybe even a better person? Once every twenty-five years or so, a book comes along that perfectly identifies our common search and struggle for happiness, and teaches us how to find lasting fulfillment in a changing world. This is that book. Not since M. Scott Peck published The Road Less Traveled have we experienced a voice as refreshing and authentic as Matthew Kelly's. The Rhythm of Life will help you to bring into focus who you are and why you are here. Through this book Matthew Kelly will help you discover your legitimate needs, deepest desires, and unique talents. He will introduce you to the-best-version-of-yourself and lead you to a life filled with passion and purpose. Here are just a few of the timeless creeds that he presents in The Rhythm of Life...

"You were born to become the-best-version-of-yourself. This is your essential purpose. Embrace this one solitary truth and it will change your life more than anything you have ever learned. In every situation, ask yourself, Which of the options before me will help me become the-best-version-of-myself?"

"Everything is a choice. This is life's greatest truth and its hardest lesson. It is a great truth because it reminds us of our power. Not power over others, but the power to be ourselves and to live the life we have imagined. It is a hard lesson because it causes us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now."

"The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage. Courage animates us, brings us to life, and makes everything else possible. Fear stops more people from doing something with their lives than lack of ability, contacts, resources, or any other single variable. Fear paralyzes the human spirit. Life takes courage."

"Energy is our most valuable resource, not time. The rhythm of life is a way of life that brings our legitimate needs, our deepest desires, and our unique talents into harmony with each other. The result: passion, purpose, and energy."

Kelly has a way of thinking and writing that cuts through the stifling clutter of our everyday lives and delivers a clarity that is both refreshing and liberating.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Rythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose
    This book is so thought provoking that I plan to buy 5 more copies and share with important people in my life. I enjoyed the insightfulness of Matthew Kelly--this was the first book I have read of his and have moved on to Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness.

    If you are looking to examine your life and ask yourself some questions about how to move forward and become a person of greater character this book is for you. ...more info
  • Super
    The Rhythm of Life books are awesome, in great shape and arrived promptly. Thank you!...more info
  • An Excellent Book
    I have incorporated the teachings in this book to my life and highly recommend it for all ages....more info
  • Kelly's ideas as to how to become "the best version of yourself"
    I was pleasantly surprised that I liked THE RHYTHM OF LIFE, written
    and read by Matthew Kelly, as much as I did.

    Ordinarily, I'm not big on books that synthesize Christian
    theology--or any religion, for that matter . . . yet Kelly, an
    Australian-born, Cincinnati-based minister does it in such
    a way that any reader can find what he terms "the perfect
    combination of rest, activity and peace" that will make it possible
    to become "the best version of yourself."

    What a great concept!

    I liked the examples that he used, many of them drawn from
    his own life . . . in addition, I liked the fact that each chapter
    was presented in a brief sermon-like essays that got me thinking
    about many of the points he raised.

    Just to cite a few of them:

    * Whether you're 6 or 60, you cannot change one day of your
    past. But you can change your future.

    * Relationships thrive on one thing: carefree timelessness.

    * Life is short. And you're dead a long time. Live passionately.

    * The challenge is to have fun doing work.

    * We don't need more time, we need more energy. Energy is our most
    valuable resource.

    * Successful people just have better habits.

    * There are 6 billion people now on the planet. And 5.9 people go
    to bed every night starving for 1 kind word of appreciation.

    Lastly, there was this idea that I think we should all try to implement:

    * Make it a habit of making somebody's day. Every day.
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  • Outstanding!!
    This book gives extreme insight and motivation to increase a person's well-being and striving toward self-confidence. An awesome combination of drive, passion and reality. Very Clever!...more info
  • Nothing ground-breaking, but a good thing to read if you need to revisit the easily-forgettable obvious.
    Make a list of your life goals. Picture a world in which you have only a month to live, and use that to help prioritize how you live. Remember that a life that makes you happy or at ease and that lets you do things you value is worth more than promotions or more money. Use positive affirmations. Schedule time to 'waste' with friends. Make time for yourself. Meditate or pray, if you're into god stuff (the author is.)

    This is all excellent advice. I've heard it before, but it never hurts to hear it again. It's easy to lose yourself in living day-to-day and pursuing goal after goal.

    So, in reading this book (vigorously recommended by a boss) my only real gripes are:

    The author is talking down to his audience. (Most of them probably require it.)
    The author uses parables all the time--as a would-be Jesus would--and sometimes has to really cram to get them all in.
    Lots and lots of inspirational quotes that you've probably already been forwarded via email a zillion times.

    If someone gives you this book, or if you find a copy for a few bucks, or if you are new to these ideas, this book is nearly as good as any I've encountered.

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  • The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose
    This book is fantastic! I have purchased at least eight of them to give to friends and will probably purchase more. I found that reading just a little bit each day allowed me to get more out of the book. Definetly a book to read over and over....more info
  • Get the CDs for your ride home from work
    I bought the CDs so that I could continue to listen to it over and over on my long ride to work. Hoping some of this good advice will sink in. There's a lot of practical knowledge here to get anyone to truly become the best version of themselves, or at least a little bit better version. It's all up to the individual (and Gods grace) on how much of this they will take to heart. ...more info
  • To Become the Best Version of Yourself
    This book The Rhythm of life: Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose by: Matthew Kelly is an inspirational book. It inspires us to become the best we can be and the best we know we can be, by using the knowledge of self. It tells us to take an hour out of each day to pray and reflect on our lives. It makes us look a lot differently at life and the road we are taking. He gives great examples and personal stories to help explain his accusations on becoming the happiest we could ever be. By these needs; emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically being fulfilled your can grow to become the best version of yourself. He gives you the secrets to the real meaning of success that people have been searing for, for years. I encourage everyone to read this wonderful book. I know it changed my life and I hope it does the same for many others. Like Matthew says the kind of books we read are the kind of people we will become. And if you like his books you should attend his talks their even better!...more info
  • wow.
    though this book seems more like something your parents might read, my high school issue 900 copies because it was that good. YOU WILL FEEL BETTER AFTER READING THIS BOOK/...more info
  • Fresh
    Matthew Kelly is once again delivering information which could be very complicated in a manner which is easy to understand and apply....more info
  • Help Your Self
    Kelly encourages to be the "best versions" of ourselves, to take control of our lives. He employs a wide variety of techniques to show us how--parables, philosophical reflections, personal confession, appeals to common sense, examples of great famous lives, and "how-to" tips for prayer, meditation, and developing good habits. While I'm not sure he's breaking a lot of new ground, he's easy to understand, intelligent, challenging and persuasive. His values and his suggestions make enormous sense, especially when he advises us to spend less time on doing and more time on being. If you feel like you're drifting through life, this book could be great medicine! ...more info
  • Good Followup to The Purpose-Driven Life
    This is an excellent book. I would even suggest that it's a good choice for a book to read after The Purpose-Driven Life. I was leery at first that Kelly seems to advocate that you should simply pursue whatever you have a passion for. However, as he encourages you to become "the best version of yourself" he draws you toward the passions that are most worthwhile. The book also contains practical advice on how to become the best version of yourself: something The Purpose-Driven Life lacked somewhat.

    I only have one quibble with the book: Kelly advocates courage as the chiefest virtue, but I disagree. Conquerors like Hitler and Cortez have courage in abundance. I agree more with Cicero--"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." Especially in a Christian context, gratitude to God for the love He has shown on our behalf should inspire every other virtue, especially love towards Him. And then, as Lao Zi said: "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage."...more info
  • Matthew Kelly is an Exceptional Human Being
    Matthews book provides an immense amount of inspiration, passion, and motivation for living a life of purpose and meaning. He challenges us to be the best version of our selves and lets us know how to do it on a daily basis. I was fortunate enough to see him and listen to him in person when I worked for a rehabilitation center in Pennsylania. His talk was dynamic, engaging, motibvating, inspiration, and filled with genuine passion. His book is a must-reda and listening to a presentation is something you need to do. Highly recommended. Thanks for being an extraordinary human being Matthew....more info
  • Balance
    The Rhythm of Life is a book that I keep going back to. It brings back that life is made up of choices. The choices we make reflect on how balanced our life can/should be. Happiness is not brought about by the amount of "stuff" we have, but by the substance we share physically, mentally, and spiritually within ourselves and others. I've been told that a happy home consists of a good coffee maker and dog. After reading The Rhythm of Life I need to add to a good coffee maker and dog to include a good book, church, and God in your soul. Well worth reading....more info
  • Excellent Read
    I read a lot of this type of book and found this very refreshing and actionable. Kelly takes you through some simple steps with some foundation. I found it practical and well worth reading. He brings a perspective that is refreshing and has some meat in a world of fluff....more info
  • One of the best 'purpose-driven' books that I've read!
    Very insightful and thoughtful. It's one of those books that really makes you think about who you are and ponder what is you purpose in life. I like the theme of the book that it is everyone's responsibility to be the 'best version of yourself.'

    A very quick read and right to the point. I would recommend this book to anybody....more info
    Over the years I've read quite a few self help books to try and get life back on track. Many times there is something that rings false in them, not however in this book. This book changed my life. I actually took the time to reexamine my life, my desire, my needs, and my talents. For the first time I could see a thread of continuity through out them. I think I will never be without this book nearby. If you are truly searching for sense of self and a way to make sanity of your years here, this is the book for you! I've even asked my partner to read it and that is going out on a limb! I'd just say Thank you Matthew, you were able to put clearly what I knew on some level, but couldn't bring it to light. Thank you....more info
  • There isn't a person in the world who couldn't benefit from reading this book
    If you're checking out this review, you're interested in becoming a better person, or as Kelly says, a better version of yourself. Kudos. This book will help you do it. It has brought a certain clarity to my inner monologue that I have never before felt.

    And just so you know, I've read so many self-help books and books on seeking happiness I can't begin to list them here. (Relatively) Recently written books like "The 7 habits" and Dale Carnegie's "How to", all the way to Existentialist writers like Camus and enlightened thinkers such as Thoreau and ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato. Whether or not you have, this book will put all the others into perspective. It will show you how those books, and this one, will help you on your journey of becoming the best version of yourself, and the byproduct (happiness) which comes from embracing this journey.

    One last note...I subscribe to no particular faith, and I have avoided reading Kelly despite some of my friends recommendations because his books are always in the Christian section of the book store. I guarantee you that whether you are a born again Christian or an agnostic, this book can help you.

    I don't know how else to put it: I give this book my strongest recommendation. You will do well to read it. ...more info
  • A change of Life
    This book is helping me be a better me. I have learned to stop making excuses in life and that everything I do is a choice I have made. I have chosen to be a better me....more info


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