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The Ten Thousand Things: A story of the lived experience of the I Ching

Paperback, 227 pages, A5 format. Published by G.P. Martin. Released August 2010.
ISBN 978 0 9804045 3 1

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Review by Bob Selden (author of What to do when you become the boss)

As the author, Glenn Martin says in the introduction, “. . . it is a book about the lessons we find in living”. Martin’s story is based on his experiences during a particularly emotional part of his life. It follows three themes: the fictional story, the “I Ching” revelations and as a result, Martin’s thoughts on ethics and human values.

The story describes how the author moved from the city to the country, lost a partner and found a new occupation as the General Manager of a local charitable organisation. Martin’s ability to paint a vivid picture of his new rural life – people, places and relationships – enables the reader to immerse oneself in his unusual odyssey.

I very much liked the story Martin told. It seemed to express so well the musings we all have when faced with both extraordinary and day-to-day events and decision points. His use of the I Ching was for me a novel way of seeking wisdom and guidance. I must confess to not fully understanding how the I Ching is used and interpreted (I’m sure that takes some time). The I Ching, an ancient Chinese process for seeking inner wisdom, is briefly explained in the acknowledgements at the end of the book. I would have liked to have seen some reference to this explanation in the introduction. If you are a visual person, I’d suggest reading this section before commencing the novel.

That said, the method of posing and articulating a question, then searching the I Ching revelations, must bring a new dimension and a diverse way of tackling an issue. This certainly seemed to be the case for Martin.

I liked this book. Martin’s story is impelling and his search for inner guidance and wisdom through the I Ching, illuminating. Highly recommended as a good read for anyone interested in a fascinating story of self-discovery. For managers, and those who have a need to influence others, there are many good tips that show how both easy and tough decisions can be made whilst remaining true to one’s self.

Five stars!