At the age of 91, after recovering from a massive stroke, A. Robert Smith has come out with his tenth book: Robert’s 101 Rules of Order for a GOOD LIFE. A. Robert Smith was the founding editor of Venture Inward magazine, author of nine previous books, including The Lost Memoirs of Edward Cayce and a former Washington correspondent and columnist whose work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Portland Oregonian, Virginian-Pilot and other publications.
In Robert’s 101 Rules of Order for a GOOD LIFE, veteran journalist and author A. Robert Smith is sharing his wisdom of a long, productive life. But instead of a prose account of his own views he uses the old-fashioned style of proverbs―short, often punchy statements that are meaningful and often humorous. About half of the proverbs contained in this book express his views on marriage, family relations, child behavior, and other essential topics. The other half includes proverbs and sayings by popular figures, such as Ben Franklin, Shakespeare, Confucius, Schweitzer, Churchill, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers.
- Robert Smith explains how the book came about:
This book started in a Quaker Meeting when a woman stood up and said, God is Love. Then she sat down. Nothing more was said. Just a deep well of silence blessed The room. Mr Smith had heard this before but this time it was somehow different. As he meditated on it a new meaning of God came to him.
We can think of God as a being or a spirit. Mr Smith thinks of God as energy – Love energy. Love has a special power to change everything for the better. It affects most things positively – babies, animals, plants
The final act of love, as Reinhold Niebuhr said, is forgiveness. When you can forgive those who have wronged you, you are on the right track for Eden. Eden is what lies ahead after giving up parading around in our skin. The book is composed of proverbs to follow on the road to Eden.
What has been said about Robert’s 101 Rules of Order for a GOOD LIFE
As a trained journalist, Smith has spent decades carefully keeping himself in the background of his writing. Observing and then presenting beautifully clear, engaging information and balancing both sides of every story with fairness and truth. He maintained the integrity of a professional storyteller whether he was covering politics or the paranormal.
Smith has written this great little guidebook for anyone who is turning a corner. For recent grads, new parents, empty nesters, those struggling with divorce, relocating, or celebrating an important milestone. It also is a perfect gift to give to someone who is driving you crazy because by reading it they might just figure out why.
His advice is to the point and with a punch. But it won’t hurt you. Instead, it will make you say, “Ahhhh, of course!” In this powerful little package, Smith shares his personal wisdom, as well as the wisdom of his heroes; sometimes even on the same page. You can open it anyplace and feel the impact.
– Ruth O’Lill, is a free-lance writer and author of Songs to Sisters – A Celebration of Being Woman A Personal Guide to Hope.
- Robert Smith lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia