October 24, 2012

Review - The Way of Oz: A Guide to Wisdom, Heart, and Courage

The Way of Oz: A Guide to Wisdom, Heart, and Courage
By Robert Y. Smith
Illustrations by Dusty Higgins
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
ISBN: 978-0896727403
Pub. Date: September 1, 2012
Pages: 288


It seems there is a new self-help book being released every week that is suppose to magically change your life if you buy it. I am one of those people that fell into the hype, but I have found the majority of the books offer nothing new, just common sense that every human being already knows.

Even though I wasn't in the mood to read another so-called self-help, I went ahead and signed up to review The Way of Oz: A Guide to Wisdom, Heart, and Courage by Robert Y. Smith, only because it showed Dorothy, Toto, Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow walking on the yellow brick road toward the Emerald City.

Author Robert Y. Smith shows how you can learn about life lessons through the original L. Frank Braum's fourteen Oz children books, which teaches kids to read, write, and communicate with others. The first two chapters is a biography of L. Frank Braum and the Oz books. The author then focuses on the characters and plots from the books and how they can be applied to our daily lives.

I have never read any of the Oz books, but I do have the original fourteen on my Kindle and hopefully I'll find time to read them this winter. The Way of Oz is not your typical self-help book as part of it is a biography of the creation of Oz. The other half does focuses on the life lessons that can be learned through the Oz characters and their actions. Actually, it is less of a self-help and more of a companion to the Oz series. The Way of Oz was a delight to read and has sparked my interest in finally reading the Oz series.

Note - I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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