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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
It is a sad and terrifying fact that there is no universal blueprint on how to live a full and meaningful life. But if there is, it would probably be a lot like J.C. Augustus Lai Andurin's On Virtue. A philosophical treatise told in a very accessible manner, On Virtue is a must-read for anyone interested in discerning the meaning of the different facets that make up people's lives.
The greatest teachers in human history used parables and stories to lead their students towards the path of discovery. Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi and Schrodinger, all of them knew the power storytelling has in making people think deeper about a subject. J.C. Augustus Lai Andurin's On Virtue is full of rich content and the use of vividly told and interesting stories makes it easier for readers to digest the lessons within. This book is not some dusty philosophical tome. On Virtue is written in a flowing, almost elegant style that invites readers to come along and join the author's musings about the various aspects of life. By actually conversing with the reader instead of simply stating tenets, J.C. Augustus Lai Andurin manages to keep the reader engaged and more receptive to his views and philosophical thoughts.
The author dedicated this book to his children, and the way the book is written and the lessons, stories and views contained within is reminiscent of a father imparting his accumulated life knowledge to his children, in the hope that the lessons he is sharing would make them better individuals and help them lead a fulfilling life.