The newly launched edition of How To Get What Money Can’t Buy: Personal Peace And Happiness In A World Of Unrest not only has a new cover but has been endorsed by Pam Rhodes who is the well known presenter of the BBC television series Songs of Praise.
Pam writes: What I love about this book is the way in which John draws on the wisdom of the past in order to inform and inspire us as we face the challenges in our lives today. I have long been an admirer of the inspiration and humanity we find in hymn texts written down through the centuries, because the human condition never really changes. When John Greenleaf Whittier, an American Quaker and poet during the 19th Century, wrote in that much-loved hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind about ‘the still small voice of calm’, he was pinpointing exactly the need for inner peace and a soul-deep connection with God that John Clements describes in this book. When the blind Gospel writer Fanny Crosby wrote how she felt ‘free from my doubts and fears’ because she was Safe in the Arms of Jesus, she was recognising the same reassuring answer to fear and anxiety which John also describes here. We are gently guided to an understanding of timeless truths and God’s unconditional love, both of which are a welcome balm to help us cope with our own everyday problems.
Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select the more enjoyable; and like these are approached with diffidence, nor sought too familiarly nor too often, having the precedence only when friends tire.
The most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, they frankly declare the author’s mind, without giving offense. Like living friends they too have their voice and physiognomies, and their company is prized as old acquaintances.
We seek them in our need of counsel or amusement, without impertinence or apology, sure of having our claims allowed…What were days without such fellowship? We were alone in the world without it…
Next to a friend’s discourse, no morsel is more delecious than a ripe book, a book whose flavour is as refreshing at the thousandth testing as at the first. Books when friends weary, conversation flags, or nature fails to inspire. – Amos B, Alcott
Are you getting the best out of life?
Demands made by today’s world may exhaust the toughest personality. Events in the Middle East bring an added dimension of anxiety – the most common cause of unhappiness.
Do you have a sense of apprenhension – maybe alarm – which may give rise to nerve depletion, even heart palpitation? The “Greens” are not the only ones who are concerned about what is happening on the earth.
Our fears, rational, or irrational, sudeen or long-standing, may be real. Some people are afraid to leave home, others can’t cope with the hassle of the supermarket. How is it possible to find courage to face life with a resilient spirit and calm determination?
There are many answers. Here’s one from St Francis de Sales, who wrote:
“Do not fear what may happen tomorrow…The same loving Father who cares for you today, will care for you tomorrow and every day…Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it…Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and inagined fears.”
Why not start each day with an Affirmation? I love quotes especially from the Bible. I reapeat it to myself at odd moments and expect my mind to become more positive, to expect greater serenity and a sense of well-being. To tap resources of patience, faith, peace, strenght and wisdom that are handed down through the ages by saints and sages. I expect to enjoy a better quality of life from this day onwards.