The author also gives a few memos for every chapter to the readers.
You know, whenever I try to write a book or prepare a sermon I like to visualize the audience—you. I like to think of you as a friend, sitting with me, listening to me, talking back to me once in a while. That way I feel closer to you, I hope you feel closer to me.
From the start, I knew that this was going to be a demanding book. it wasn’t merely going to say things that the reader could agree with, nod and his head sagely nod turn the page unchanged. It was going to ask him to survey himself-with discontent. It was going to call on him to do something about his personality and his character and the innermost fiber of his being that is to say his soul.
Would people be willing to respond to such a challenge?
Would they even want to try?
These questions troubled me!
So, if you are going forward into this book with me, don’t look for magic formulas or easy answers.
You won’t find them here! What you will find, I believe, is a challenge so exciting and rewarding that it may change your thinking and attitudes and your whole outlook in the greatest adventures of life.
So, in the remainder of this book, let’s explore these major areas of living that all of us share-marriage, family, children, love health, sex and the rest and see if we can’t apply some of Tennyson’s wisdom to them. And let’s start with one of the most fundamental areas of all: personal honesty in daily life.
First, we must convince people that dishonesty is not only a form of anarchy that can destroy society, it is also a kind of psychic poison that is extremely bad for them as human beings.
Next, we must make them understand that external forms of coercion-the laws, the police, and son on-can never do the job alone, that in the end it always comes down to the individual’s free choices to act honestly or dishonesty. And we must make them feel the excitement and vitality and power of satisfaction that comes from making the right choices.
Finally, we must show them how to evaluate their own performance in his all improvement areas of living, and how to improve it if it needs improving.
MAKES NO MISTAKES ABOUT IT: Any kind of dishonesty cripples you, and the first thing you lose your freedom.
BOOK OF PSALMS: Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of scornful.
As a matter of fact, a lot of people who make one such mistake never repeat it.
J. Arthur Rank, the greatest film producer, always ask himself one question before he makes a decision. Not “Is this potential profitable?” or “Will it be a success?” but simply “Is it right?”
“Be sure that what you do is right”.