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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Conquering Life's Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times by Richard V. Battle is a book of practical wisdom to face the doldrums of everyday life and find more meaning and fulfillment navigating the challenges that life throws at the reader. The author defines the reader right from the start and spells out the purpose of the book in simple and clear terms: It’s not a book for the academic, but for the ordinary person and is aimed at providing them with tools that will help them create a better life for themselves and their children. In this book, readers receive lessons the author learned from his parents and lessons he’s passed on to his daughter. It also features stories and essays containing what the author calls “lessons that I learned from my positive and knothead experiences, and the complementary education that I received from observing the lives of others.”
The book is filled with insights and some of the topics are really spot-on and required reading for contemporary readers. I enjoyed how the writing and the message of this book invited me to think about my actions, to become aware of what happens around and within me, and to use the power of observation to steer my actions towards positive outcomes. In this book, readers will understand how hurtful peer pressure can be and how it has gradually become part of our human nature, to the point that very few people understand they aren’t acting out of their own free will. The stories are inspiring, and Richard V. Battle uses humor to augment the delight the reader finds in these pages. The writing is fluid and confident and the popular tone of voice invites readers to indulge in frank conversations with themselves and to be more critical about their choices in life. Conquering Life's Course: Common Sense in Chaotic Times is a gift that will change the way we face life every day and give us the wisdom to navigate life freely, reach deeper levels of success, and experience less stress. It is a must-read for anyone looking for tools to improve their life.