Ed Douglas’ 25 Truths {TOS review}

Despite our individual ages, we all have learned many lessons throughout our lives. Some have remained with us and others, well, we find ourselves repeating often; sometimes more often than we would like to repeat. Ed Douglas has written 25 Truths, in which he shares 25 concepts/lessons he has learned personally and professionally over the course of his life. Douglas has used his concepts to develop his morals, values and ethics, which have led to him enjoying a very happy and successful life. I had the opportunity to review a physical copy of 25 Truths.

Douglas does point out that 25 Truths is not “meant to be a substitute for the great biblical wisdom of the Ten Commandments” or other biblical or spiritual pieces of literature. Instead, Douglas has created the truths from his life experiences and what was originally intended to be a list he wanted to share with his children and grandchildren is one that he is sharing with many through the published book.

There is nothing new or original about the truths Douglas shares in his book. In fact, you will probably see many that you have heard before like Truth 4: Be Slow to Judge or Truth 16: Practice Makes Perfect or Truth 22: Give and it will Come Back to You. That said, the truths are many that we know, but for some reason so many of us need constant reminders. That is where 25 Truths steps in and makes a difference.

The truths Douglas shares are definitely ones that we all should be able to relate to and apply to our lives. There are some that stood out to me more than others, because of challenges or lessons I constantly find myself experiencing.

I was going to read through the book with my children, but decided to read through independently. Douglas uses many examples to demonstrate the truths from his almost 30 years working in the banking industry. The book is a quick read, precise and immediately gets to the point.

25 Truths is written in a manner that promotes discussion. Each chapter presents a new truth with a lead quote. I found it amusing, although it applied to Truth 15: Never Surrender, to see Corey Hart quoted. Douglas proceeds to explain the truth and also provides examples and uses scripture to further define the truth. Next follows a summary of the truth. The chapter continues with workshop questions, which create an opportunity to talk about how the truth may apply in your life. One of the questions in each chapter is whether or not you believe the truth is of any importance.

On our best day, we would accomplish implementing all 25 of the truths. On our worst day…well, there does not have to be a worst day. According to Truth 13: Make Every Day Your Best Day with a quote from “City Slickers” – “Today is your best day” – everyday can be your best day. The summary for the chapter is as follows:

Be enthusiastic, smile, be happy and try to make every day the best day possible. An accumulation of “best days” will lead to a very happy life.”

It may be a bit presumptuous of me, but I think that this truth is one everyone should apply to their lives and it is one I truly love. Implementing it may be a challenge, but it is a great reminder and one I need to definitely practice every day.

Some other truths I liked are:

Truth 1: Protect Your Reputation
Truth 3: Watch What You Say, Do and Write
Truth 18: Set Goals and Write them Down
Truth 21: Get as Much Education as Possible
Truth 24: Commit to Love One Person Forever
Truth 25: Spend Time with your Family

I could list so many more. Actually I could list all 25 truths, because I know they are ones that I need to give attention to in my life.

25 Truths, the book, is one that you will want your older children (teen and above) to read, because the truths are applicable to many instances they will later (or may be experiencing now) confront in life. Also, some of the examples will be more “relatable” to them, than a younger child.

I do plan to go over the truths with my children, because, although they are young, I think that it isn’t too early to cover some of the truths Douglas shares. If my children can understand the Ten Commandments, then there are some truths that they will be able to understand at the ages they are now.

I will keep this book handy for me to read through a couple of truths periodically, because so often I forget what is so obvious and 25 Truths reminds us of the obvious.

25 Truths is available for $12.50 as a paperback.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

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