The Power Of Tao by Lou Marinoff

Power of TaoI have read a number of different translations of Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching.” I think it is a timeless book of wisdom, and I’ve enjoyed thinking about how the verses apply to my life today. However, sometimes it is nice to read or hear different views on how to apply the Tao, or Way. That is where books such as “The Power of Tao: A Timeless Guide To Happiness and Harmony” by Lou Marinoff come in. This is an exceptional guide to the wisdom of Lao Tzu and how it applies today, just as it always had. It really is timeless wisdom.


Marinoff presents lessons from Lao Tzu in an enlightening and engaging manner that not only teaches but inspires. What is presented here is a philosophy for living, for overcoming life’s challenges, and for being happy in a world that is not always the world of harmony we wish it would be.


Many philosophers write in the abstract, leaving the reader to ponder the application of the words upon the page. Marinoff actually brings this philosophy to life by illustrating its relevance to our modern world. He shares current examples of Taoist theory and its practical implementation to living today. These examples illuminate the importance and practicality of this ancient Chinese philosophy more clearly in layman’s language than I have ever read before.


I also like how the author relates “The Tao” to Confucianism, Buddhism, and Stoicism, philosophies I’ve also studied. Reading the book really makes one think about priorities of life and how one can contribute to civilization and the world. This is an outstanding read for all those interested in philosophy, and especially those who want to learn and apply the lessons from the Tao Te Ching to their lives. Highly recommended.


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