New Take on Old Oracle Enlightens Way for Resolutions to Change in 2012

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With positive change on more lists of New Year’s Resolutions, The Bit Ching Book of Change makes more reading lists. The new self-help book combines sage advice with humor to enlighten the way for improving careers, attitude

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The Bit Ching Book of Change: Reinterpreting the Ancient Wisdom of The I Ching to Deal with Modern Day Morons & Confusion. Peripate Press, 2011, 158 pages

How to use awareness, adaptability, perseverance or restraint…to deal with the idiots, manipulators and confusion of our day.

People resolving to make serious changes in 2012, but not inclined to take themselves too seriously, might want to let The Bit Ching Book of Change be their guide.

This new paperback from Peripate Press offers a fresh take on the venerable I Ching: or Book of Changes, the 5000-year old cornerstone of Eastern philosophy. The original oracle is the common root for Taoism and Confucianism and a valued guide for followers of Buddhism. The new book reconstructs much of the old wisdom into an entertaining, easy-to-read handbook for building a career, reputation or relationship, and overcoming the obstacles that often stand in the way.

“The I Ching and the Bit Ching are both about keeping things balanced and in perspective,” says co-author Russ Slocum. “The I Ching might instruct the reader how to use awareness, adaptability, perseverance or restraint to deal with bloodthirsty warlords. The Bit Ching shows how you can use those same principles to deal with the idiots, manipulators and confusion of our day.”

For each of the 64 symbols shared by both texts, The Bit Ching Book of Change offers a radically Westernized reinterpretation of the original philosophy, along with a short story illustrating its modern application. Mimicking the style of classic parables, the stories are based on the experiences of co-author Jim Gentile, a well-known leader in the Pennsylvania construction industry who has also achieved success as a musician, inventor, entrepreneur, and nearly everything else he has undertaken. The Bit Ching may not be a humor book in the broad sense, but there is an element of humor in many of the stories.

Initial reviews and strong holiday sales suggest that The Bit Ching will be a popular guide for change-seekers in 2012. One reviewer calls it, “A fun read for aspiring entrepreneurs, self-reflectors or people just looking for some inspiring short stories.” Another recommends it “to anyone starting a business, wishing to succeed in a relationship, or just desiring to live purposefully and honestly.”

A young manager at a large corporation says, “It might help you solve a deep conflict or just get you through the next project...It’s like guidance from a sort of Buddha with brass balls.”

The paperback is available through Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, and several other online retailers. It was also recently released as a Kindle eBook.

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