Life is a 4-Letter Word: Laughing and Learning through 40 Life Lessons by Dr David A. Levy

By Rutendo Makubika

Have you ever picked up a “self-help” book and been so bogged down by it that you could only read a little bit at a time? Well, this little gem was NOT like that at all. I was so surprised to find that it was actually such a pleasantly light and quick read!

Life is a 4-Letter Word consist of 40 brief autobiographical essays, each of which culminates in a valuable “life lesson.” This is the kind of collection that everyone will relate to. Written in a style that is engaging, warm, humorous and conversational, Dr David Levy brings his insights and expertise as a veteran psychologist (and baby boomer) and shares a lifetime journey of personal reflections, growth and wisdom. Unlike many other self-help books, this book does not lecture, preach or dispense advice. It is not a “how-to” book rather, as the stories unfold, readers are enticed to look at, reflect on, and find meaning in their own lives while laughing, wincing and learning all along the way. I found his writing style unassuming and modest, non-judgemental, friendly and matter of fact. By this I mean he wasn’t shoving any lesson down your throat, was not saying this is the way to see things and you must. It felt like a friend telling you a story, something that happened to him, and just from his story, you can glean something valuable without it being force-fed to you.

I very much enjoyed this book and will likely leave it out, a coffee table book maybe? To randomly pick up and read a lesson or two at any given moment. In the same way that Richard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff inspired a generation so will Dr David Levy’s uplifting stories and wise advice.

About Rutendo:  I have been an avid reader since my teens when I was introduced to my first classic book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. That was the start of my love affair with books. I am always on the lookout for new reads so bring on your recommendations if you have any. Happy Reading!

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