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Optimize joy, overcome obstacles - discover the calm of stoicism  

Being a stoic means embracing positivity and self-control through the ability to accept the uncertainty of outcomes. With this stoicism guide, the beginner stoic will learn how to take charge of their emotions on the path to sustained happiness and satisfaction.  

This easy-to-navigate stoicism guide gives you the emotional tools needed to let go of the things you can’t control and find joy in what you have. Through thought-provoking strategies and exercises, this book helps you find contentment so you can build closer relationships and become an active member of society.  

The Beginner’s Guide to Stoicism includes:  

  • Evolution of stoicism - Discover the history of stoicism and how its principles can help you find peace. 
  • Complete the mindset - Find acceptance using an essential emotional toolkit based on the disciplines of Desire, Action, and Assent. 
  • Time to reflect - Apply what you’ve learned to your own life with ethical questions, quotes, and exercises. 
  • Change your perception, focus on positivity - become the best version of yourself with The Beginner’s Guide to Stoicism.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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fast start into pure self-therapy

if you’re struggling in your personal life with overwhelming feelings of self-doubt this book will shine a spotlight on your core misunderstanding. it astounds me that this philosophy has existed right under our noses for 2,500 years and isn’t taught to everyone (or used by psychotherapists.) this book is not encyclopedic, it’s not a reference textbook that takes weeks to wade through. it’s a quickstart like attending a weekend self-help seminar. your eyes will open to how delusional our human minds are and how we can fix them at the convergence of philosophy and psychology. i slowed the reader’s clear deep voice to 80% to ponder every word. my search is over, i have found my truth. 5 star nonfiction at its best. [helpful note: the word “indifferents” is a category of problems we live through every day. it’s a noun developed by these philosophers. it only partially means indifference but he is not saying indifference, he is saying “indifferents.” remember this or you’ll misunderstand the concept.]

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  • 10-29-21

Great book horrid narration

It seems like this was recorded awhile ago not because of the sound quality but it’s a very old school style “self-help book” style deep voice narrator. Not my fav.

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Love stoicism but this book…

Boring. Good performance by the narrator but the material was hard to finish. Truly a beginners guide. If you know anything about stoicism, I would suggest to pass on this audiobook.

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A great place to start

Clear, easy to understand, and a great place to start if beginning to learn about stoicism.

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Valuable and insightful. Helps you address the hard topics in life. Teaches you resilience and compassion, courage and fear. Highly recommend!

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Inspiring and Practical

I know this is just a beginner's guide but I knew nothing about stoicism before this book so I was looking for a quick introduction to see if stoicism was for me.

As it turns out, I'm very interested and hopeful that these practices will help me live a better life.

The book itself is well performed, well written. I will definitely be giving it another listen and taking notes. it's concise, which is it's best quality. It gives you just enough without overwhelming. This gives you effective practical ways of dealing with anxiety, Anger, and life immediately. You don't have to sit through 10 hours of philosophy and guess how to apply it. The concepts are easy, though I suspect the practice is not.

I like that the book briefly covers the history as well as giving you more resources to study. it's really just a primer I guess.

I'm thankful to the author for turning me down this path. This was just what I needed, and what I was searching for.

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Inspirational and very practical

This is probably the best book you can read if you want to start on stoicism, it really gives you the right tools to live an stoic life, the rest is up to you.

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Live Changing, Literally

THIS is the book I needed. Like the author, I found that cognitive behavior therapy tools help control the mind, but studying the Stoics helps you learn how to LIVE. This is not the stoicism that many mistake as being emotionally mute, this is the stoicism that enables you to live joyfully. The value of this particular book by Van Natta is that it makes the basic tenets of the practice easy to understand. Once you understand a concept and can apply it in your daily life, you may not practice it perfectly, but you can really see the benefit in striving to do so! The narration is really good as well. I am grateful when I discover a book like this.

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A good outline on mindfulness

As I am in my early stages of learning stoicism, this was a great listen. I appreciate Van Natta's thoroughness to providing a full picture of stoic ideals in an engaging and understandable format. I also find that Rimpici's dictation for the audio provided easy listening as he imparts Van Natta's works with an easy energy.

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a great and enlightening listen.

set a stage to begin your journey. not too long haired and not dry at all. reader does a great job.

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  • 04-17-21

Great beginner's guide to Stoicism

This was Just the kind of book I was looking for on stoicism, I love the practical application and examples set forth in the book. My only gripe is that it could have been longer, but luckily the author provides more resources on stoicism to delve into in the end. The narration is excellent. Highly recommended!

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Great read.

I loved this book gave me a good starting point to my Stoic studies. if you are just starting out, give this a try..

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  • 01-09-21

First book on Stoicism I've listened to

As the title states, this is the first book about Stoicism I've listened to, so admittedly I don't have much to compare it with. However, it explained in detail the history, ideas and application of the philosophy. The ideas are many, so I will need to listen to those chapters again, and the book recommends further reading, which I found very useful!

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  • 12-02-21

A must read '1st book' for beginners on Stoicism

As title states. A great 1st read on Stoicism for any beginner. Loved it.

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  • Stephen Doyle
  • 10-30-21

Refreshing

Loved the whole book. A great overview or summary of all things Stoic. Light, easy and informative.
It will be referred to again.


Highly recommended.

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  • Communityoverprices
  • 01-20-21

Summary of other books

Found the book to be a short summary of other books released prior to this.

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