Books I’m Reading: A Guide to the Good Life

I finished the one on Cicero. He died a rather gruesome death, sacrificed to Mark Antony … but it was an easy one for Augustus Caesar who had realized Cicero had tried to manipulate him. How did he realize? Because Cicero thought himself so clever he made a joke. Perhaps, had he liked and appreciated the Stoics a bit more, he would have kept his mouth shut when necessary.

I find that this book provides not just practical ways of living, but is something therapists should use for their clients. I am a big ACT guy. And when reading this book, I notice so much of the tools and viewpoints expressed in that modality in this book. It doesn’t get into the psychodynamics of the client, or the reader, but does give them tools to regain control of their minds. Stoicism is about remembering that the only thing you can really control are your reactions. Stoicism also teaches Acceptance, something that will decrease suffering.

Anyway, this is a great, short book to pick up.

Author: Joel Watts

Joel L. Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. and MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014). his latest, Jesus as Divine Suicide, is forthcoming.

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