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Using surfing as a metaphor for motivational and self-improvement concepts and written in accessible, everyday language peppered with surfer slang, Staying on Top proves that the good life is available right now.

Making these essential lessons fun, cartoon character Surf Master Alva appears throughout the book to dispense nuggets of wisdom that point the way to the good life, illustrating in a humorous and wise way that experts and gurus are not needed to understand and make the most of life. In other words, we don't have to learn how to achieve the good life through retreats, pills, hospitals or programs, nor do we have to wait until we find the "perfect time." In surfer parlance, "Surfz up, dude! Get your board and get to the beach."

Assessing their understanding of prevailing societal values portrayed through surfing metaphors and Surf Master Alva's quirky wisdom, Staying on Top will awaken people to the reality that living life to the fullest requires living in the present. Life right now is all anyone can truly be sure of: The secret to achieving and maintaining balance and serenity lies in accepting and embracing that truth.

For long-term devotees of self-help literature and newcomers to the genre, everyone will delight in this wise yet whimsical journey to enlightenment.

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Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., grew up in sunny Southern California, surfing the waves at Newport Beach. He is currently the codirector of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, where he works as a consultant helping individuals, organizations and businesses manage change and increase productivity. He is the author of many papers and coauthor of seven books, including The Heroic Client, The Heart and Soul of Change, Escape from Babel and The Miracle Method: A Radically New Approach to Problem Drinking.

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