This book has a down to earth, easy to read story line. Although I have not finished reading the book yet, busy schedule, I do look forward to finishing it. I enjoy the personal stories that add to the idea the author is explaining.
More philosophic than how-to,Up, Down, or Sideways refers to our personal economics. We will always be Up Down or Sideways and those conditions will change. If we are wealthy and well, plan for those conditions to change. Thankfully, joblessness and illness can change as well. So how can we live successfully amid life's uneven flow?
The author allows us to define our successâ€”not always financial but often including the financial. He says success means different things to every reader. He contends that most of what happens to us is not in our control, but we can control our responses. He discusses optimism without denial and goes into the power of thinking positively without kidding ourselves.
I got into this book slowly, wondering where he was going with it, but that soon changed. The "Ingredients of Love" section especially moved me and convicted me to look at my definition of caring and spotlighted the holes in it.
He touches on gratitude as a mindset and persistence in getting where we want to go.
The author talks about faith, but he doesn't go into detail about his beliefs. The reader won't see CHRISTIAN in capital letters, but his words echo the lessons in the Bible. This book applies to anyone who wants a well-lived life. A potentially life-changing read.