Title: The Wisdom Bridge – Nine Principles to a Life that Echoes in the Hearts of Your Loved Ones
Author: Kamlesh D Patel
Publisher: Penguin Ananda
The book starts out by defining wisdom i.e. good sense. And in its truest form, this book is a common sense guide to help children find their own path. As compared to the standard books which tell you to do things, this book is filled with anecdotes and examples. It guides you gently without being preachy.
One of the foremost things about this book that touched me was the concept of village. Being in a nuclear family setup for about 7 years, I thought of the village as being unnecessary. But with the birth of my son, we realized the importance of having our own village ie, grandparents around. And in no time, we were so used to having grandparents that we could not let them go. My 4 year old has received so much unconditional love from them and has benefitted from their wisdom and gentle guidance.
Another great thing about this book is its applicability to both traditional and non traditional family setups including single and adoptive parents. The book also incorporates our mythology and uses it as a guide. Another chapter I loved was the one on prayer. It stresses the importance of prayer not as a religious means but as a way to feel gratitude and meditate and center oneself regardless of religious inclination.
Overall, I am glad to have read this book. There is a lot of wisdom that can help me be better so I can guide my little one better. Before I end this review, this book reminded me of my own childhood. Rainbow was my favourite colour as a child too.
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