Bo Lozoff, founder of the Human Kindness Foundation, has advised prisoners, been a carpenter, begun a "spiritual community,"had a good marriage, and raised a son. He thinks he's had a prettymeaningful life--and in his new book he'll tell you how you can have one, too.

A combination of tips on how to meditate, "real-life" problem-solving and generic philosophizing, "It's a Meaningful Life" gives some decent, if obvious,advice--be skeptical of "self-esteem" lingo, avoid watching television,don't eat when you're not hungry. But much of the book is a spiritual grab-bag. One minute Lozoff cites Buddha, the next Jesus, then he's quoting theTalmud and Mother Teresa. Such eclecticism can be charming, but it makesLozoff's tips seem trite and undisciplined. Combining the teachings of so many different traditions seems to deny the importance of beingphilosophically grounded in any particular one. Despite some appealingpassages, this book isn't much use to anyone who doesn't alreadyembrace Lozoff's throw-in-the-kitchen-sink approach to spirituality and meaningful living.

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