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Additional Reviews“What a trip! This earnest, compassionate, knowledgeable, authentic, and often very funny seeker and guide, shares his odyssey of spirituality meeting the West. Yet, whatever the road, the purpose is the same: the truth is simple and playful, and as profound as anything. As his Daoist teacher put it, ‘This spiritual path is NOT about freeing yourself from suffering and securing your own happiness... It is about participating in something far greater.’”
—Ruth Richards, MD, Ph.D, Psychology professor (consciousness and spirituality specialist), Saybrook University; Psychiatry lecturer, Harvard Medical School
“Filled with wild, weird, and wonderful accounts of his interactions with numerous spiritual teachers, along with helpful summations of Taoist perspectives on feng shui, the energy body, sexual practices (and more!), My Life As Play is spiced with countless irreverent asides as well as pithy encapsulations of the wisdom of the ages: I agree almost completely with the old humbug, so he must be on to something!”
“The strength of this book resides in its down-to-earth, matter-of-fact tone. I especially appreciate the author’s self-deprecating candor and his novel perspectives on the ideas and individuals associated with the Western popularization of Eastern philosophy and spirituality.”
“The ultimate message is one I resonate with: if you are not having FUN on your path, whatever it is, you are an over serious stick-in-the-mud who, while getting their tough lessons in Earth Life, has missed the whole point of learning to be a Divinely Playful Human.”
Amazon.com ReviewsNote: The following reviews refer to an earlier version of the book, entitled “Life Is Divine Play: My Life and Training with Enlightened Masters,” published in early 2009. The new version is even better.
Funny and Irreverent, Perfect Medicine for Any Spiritual Seeker
LIFE IS DIVINE PLAY - February 19, 2009
The Far Side of Sprituality
Mark's Playground - Yours Too - February 19, 2009
By Mary Murphy
“If you are now aware of how wonderful this world we live in is or would like to become aware, read Mark's book.
While you are working on the puzzle of life, Mark's book supplies pieces to the puzzle.
Mark is a Daoist master so for those of you who study the Dao, it will be no surprise that interwoven with wisdom to ponder is Mark's life story.
I especially appreciated the part about the spirit world. I've been debating with myself about its particulars for years. Mark's beliefs on the spirit world make sense to me. He has the experience to back his beliefs.
Interested in wave power? One of Mark's analogies is wave power. It is in one section of a book where nature is highly underated.
Highly humorous and insightful, Mark's book is today's book.”
LIFE IS DIVINE PLAY - February 19, 2009
By Turtle Spring (Mystic, CT)
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mark Johnson's 'Life is Divine Play'! This light hearted, good natured and fun read portrays Mark's very comfortable and authentic personality and the story-line seems to flow like a brook finding its way through the underbrush. Unexpected twists of fate, chance meetings, nourishing but human teachers dot the landscape. Scattered here and there, too, are keys to the kingdom of 'Now' and what it means to be involved in the the dance of life. Though seriously engaging the autobiography is a gentle, compassionate interplay of modern issues and a man bent on enjoying the journey. Without asking us to, Mark projects the question that concerns us all: Is Life Worth Living? And without answering, he shows us how, with all its difficulty, to have fun with it, with ourselves and those we meet on the way. Bravo!”
This is Serious Play, Man - February 16, 2009
By Chris Anderl "Nature Spirit" (Inverness, CA)
“I couldn't put this book down. It reads like a conversation with the author, and you feel fortunate to hear the inside story of a modern Western Daoist Master who helped pioneer Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Gung) practice in America. Many people may know Mark from his nationally best-selling video "Tai Chi for Seniors," which has sold over 600,000 copies. If you haven't heard of Mark, you might want to start by reading this spiritual autobiography, after which you'll probably want to get his video, which helps you practice living the Life of Divine Play that he espouses in the book. All in all, a very readable, down-to-earth yet cosmic account of Mark's life philosophy that we should all heed: harmonize with the Flow of the Universe and your life will be one of constant Play. But you have to read it to get all the details, so get to know him before "he who goes by the spiritual name of Mark Johnson" becomes a house-hold name, as he appears to be bound for stardom; with the kind of playing he writes about, who wouldn't want to do the same?”
Playful Enlightenment - February 8, 2009
By Harry Torgovitsky (San Francisco Bay Area)
“Wonderful and entertaining read with lots of humor about a subject that is usually treated much too seriously. The author describes his life's path seeking enlightenment and the masters with whom he studied, but does so with a dose of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm and self-deprecation. In the process of entertaining, he also manages to impart wisdom he has gathered on his journey. This is definitely a book worth reading.”
Funny and Irreverent, Perfect Medicine for Any Spiritual Seeker - January 27, 2009