The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart

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9780143058618: The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart

Born in small-town Texas during the Great Depression, Willie Nelson was raised to believe in helping his neighbors and living without pretense. After many hardscrabble years as a poorly paid songwriter (often watching his work become a gold mine for other performers), Willie finally found his own voice?the gentle but unmistakably honest sound that has made him an American icon. Now the master of harmonization has created a guide to finding harmony in everyday life. Featuring vignettes from each chapter of his seventy-plus years (along with plenty of his favorite jokes), The Tao of Willie captures his views on money, love, war, religion, cowboys, and other essential Willie topics.

Loosely based on the principles of the Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Cheng, which Willie has admired and followed for much of his adult life, this inspiring and entertaining collection of ?Willie wisdom? takes us from his roadhouse days, when he united redneck rockers with straitlaced country music fans, to the mega-sized benefit concerts and environmentalism that define his boundless heart. In the spirit of his fellow Texan Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, Willie's timeless insights sparkle with clarity: It's like having a one-on-one conversation with the sage himself.

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Folksy advice, colorful jokes, and anecdotes from the stage. ("LIFE" magazine)

[T]he book is a wily tour through Nelsons obsessions. . . . ("The New Times Book Review")

[T]he book is a wily tour through Nelsonas obsessions. . . . ("The New Times Book Review")

...a kind of holistic hymnal for the wayward in everyone. . . . So cracked that it's just about perfect. ("New York Press")

[T]he book is a wily tour through Nelson's obsessions. . . . ("The New Times Book Review")

Seriously fun guide offers readers the full Nelson. . . . [a] whimsical yet serious guide to happiness. . . . The Willie philosophy is simple, a blending of ?do unto others as you would have them do unto you? and ?don?t sweat the small stuff.? (Boston, "Sunday Herald")

[T]he book is a wily tour through NelsonAEs obsessions. . . . (The New Times Book Review)
Seriously fun guide offers readers the full Nelson. . . . [a] whimsical yet serious guide to happiness. . . . The Willie philosophy is simple, a blending of AEdo unto others as you would have them do unto youAE and AEdonAEt sweat the small stuff.AE (Boston, Sunday Herald)

"[T]he book is a wily tour through Nelson's obsessions. . . ." (The New Times Book Review)
"Seriously fun guide offers readers the full Nelson. . . . [a] whimsical yet serious guide to happiness. . . . The Willie philosophy is simple, a blending of 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you' and 'don't sweat the small stuff.'" (Boston, Sunday Herald)

Synopsis:

The country music's laid-back legend shares his lessons from a lifetime of challenges. This is an inspiring and entertaining book of "Willie wisdom" loosely based on the principles of the Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. Born in small-town Texas during the Great Depression, Willie Nelson was raised to believe in helping his neighbours and living without pretence. After many gruelling years as a poorly-paid songwriter (often watching his work become a gold mine for other performers), Willie found his voice - the gentle but unmistakably honest sound that has made him an American icon. Now the master of harmonisation has created a guide to finding balance in everyday life. Featuring vignettes from each chapter of his 70-plus years (along with many of his favourite jokes), "The Tao of Willie" captures the Willie view on money, love, religion, cowboys and all the essential Nelson topics.

Gently based on the principles of Tao Te Ching, which Willie has admired and followed for much of his adult life, this inspiring and entertaining book of Willie wisdom takes readers from his roadhouse days, when he united redneck rockers with straitlaced country music fans, to the megasized benefit concerts and environmentalism that define his boundless heart. Willie's wisdom sparkles with depth and clarity - like a one-on-one conversation with the sage himself.

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