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Book Review of "Life is Not a Candy Store; It's the Way to the Candy Store" by Tal Yanai

Life Is Not a Candy Store; It's the Way to the Candy Store: A Spiritual Guide to the Road of Life for Teens
By Tal Yanai
Bat-El Publishing
June 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0-9832025-0-9
http://www.TalYanai.com/

The book "Life is Not a Candy Store; It's the Way to the Candy Store" is small. You could probably comfortably read it in one sitting. Nevertheless, Tal Yanai succeeds in packing deep thoughts on common human frailties and attitudes of the heart into this seemingly brief book. Lying, cheating, making wrong choices and turning away from destructive paths in life are just some of the topics the author tackles.

Yet therein also lays the book's undoing: While dealing with everyday situations and issues, Tal Yanai fails to address the multitudes of youths who are embracing wrong turns left and right. The book's tone is slightly esoteric; it lacks the visceral pull for many of today's youngsters. Moreover, I wonder about some of the cause-and-effect thinking suggested. For example, the author states that some of the Siren's song attributed to dead-end decisions is the fact that they are plain wrong for the person embarking on them. How so? The author does not say.

Teens should also realize that this is less of a how-to than a road map to finding spirituality — any spirituality. The author leaves the name of the ultimate creator blank; it is up to the youngster to discover a deity that "fits." This is the book's strength. There is no attempt to cram a contrived brand of religion down the throat of a perhaps already damaged or fed-up teen.

I have to be honest with you; I liked the book a lot, but I am an adult. Living near the inner city of Los Angeles, I do not see how the author can reach out to the gang-infested neighborhoods with "Life is Not a Candy Store; It's the Way to the Candy Store." Then again, it makes perfect sense to imagine his reaching the religiously turned-off kids from nearby houses of worship. Maybe it is fair to say that this book will resonate with youths in search of spirituality; with others — not so much?

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Let the kind reader please take note that I received a copy of "Life is Not a Candy Store; It's the Way to the Candy Store," free of charge, from Bostick Communications.
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Sylvia Cochran

Sylvia is a seasoned freelance writer, born and raised in Germany. Having been exposed to a variety of religions and traditions due to travel and study, Sylvia has been a student of the Bible for more than ten years, and has for the last four years taught in small groups about Biblical principles, practical Christianity, Christian parenting, as well as the spiritual use of money. Sylvia also provides Free Online Christian Parenting Courses at Suite 101
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