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by Eric Liu


We all need people to help us find the way. In this stirring new book, acclaimed author and educator Eric Liu takes us on a quest for those guiding lights

We all need people to help us find the way. In this stirring new book, acclaimed author and educator Eric Liu takes us on a quest for those guiding lights.

We all need people to help us find the way. As he entered We all need people to help us find the way.

We did a little exercise. She asked me to pretend I was drunk. I hadn’t expected this, but here we were, and I felt more awkward about not playing along than about playing.

We all have people in our lives who helped us find our way, who .

We all have people in our lives who helped us find our way, who helped us become who we are. Eric Liu explores how powerful life teachers change everyone around them-at work, play, and home-and what we can learn from their wisdom and methods. Every one of us, in every social role we play, is a teacher and a mentor. Eric Liu is an author and educator who has served in senior leadership roles in national politics, media, and business. Mr. Liu’s most recent book, Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life, examines life-changing teachers and mentors from all walks, and was named the Official Book of National Mentoring Month.

He is also the author of Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life (2005), about . Liu lives in Seattle, where he serves on numerous boards, teaches civic leadership courses at the University of Washington, and hosts a television show called Seattle Voices.

He is also the author of Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life (2005), about transformative mentors, leaders and teachers, and The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (1998), about ethnicity, identity and acculturation. His book Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts.

Eric lives in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington and hosts Citizen University TV, an. .Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life Dec 28, 2004.

Eric lives in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington and hosts Citizen University TV, an award-winning television program about civic power. In addition to speaking regularly at venues across the country, Eric also serves on numerous nonprofit and civic boards. He is the co-founder of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. A board member of the Corporation for National and Community Service, he is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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He is the author of "Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life" (2005), about .

He is the author of "Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life" (2005), about transformative mentors, leaders and teachers, and "The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker" (1998), about race, identity and acculturation. Guiding Lights" is the Official Book of National Mentoring Month and has led to the creation of a broad civic campaign to highlight mentorship in all walks of life. In "The Accidental Asian", Liu explores identity, in particular, the meaning of his own American and Asian American identity

Eric Liu was interviewed in Seattle, Wash. where he was the host Seattle Voices, a local interview show on the Seattle Channel. His newest book was Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life, published by Random House

Eric Liu was interviewed in Seattle, Wash. His newest book was Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life, published by Random House. He is also the author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker. Liu served as a speechwriter for President Clinton and later as White House deputy domestic policy adviser. He is a fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

We all need people to help us find the way. In this stirring new book, acclaimed author and educator Eric Liu takes us on a quest for those guiding lights. He shares invaluable lessons from people whose “classrooms” are boardrooms, arenas, concert halls, theaters, kitchens, and places of worship–and in the process, he reveals a surprising path to purpose.As he entered fatherhood and a phase of changing ambitions, Eric Liu set out in search of great mentors. He found much more. He encountered people from all walks of life, from all across the country, with something powerful to pass on about how to change lives. Among those Liu portrays in vivid and fascinating narratives are one of Hollywood’s finest acting teachers, who turns a middling young actress into a project for transformation; an esteemed major league pitching coach, haunted by the players he’s let down; a rising executive whose eye for untapped talent allows her to rescue a floundering employee; a master clown whose workshop teaches a husband-and-wife team to revamp their relationship, onstage and off; a high school debate coach whose protégée falters at the pinnacle, and thus finds triumph; and a gangland priest who has saved many and yet still must confront the limits of his power to heal.In these pages are remarkable stories of apprenticeship–of failure, hope, and discovery. These are stories of men and women who learned to hear the sound of other people’s voices and, in so doing, found their own way to a better and fuller life. As Eric Liu reminds us, these are our stories. Lyrical and accessible, Guiding Lights is a course to benefit any reader, a superb work of narrative nonfiction, and an exciting departure for its accomplished author. This book will change how we live, lead, learn, and love. Pass it on.
Nawenadet
Great stories... the kind that keep me thinking about how and why I mentor as a home- school mom. I like that the stories are from spaces way different than my mentoring environment to keep my "box" as big as possible from which to inspire and relate to my kids/students.
Shaktiktilar
Blathering drivel...one of the few books I ever threw in the paper recycling bin....didn't wnat anyone else to waste their time.
Wyameluna
Recommendation Eric Liu is a gifted, practiced writer whose prose shines, particularly when he writes about his life. This book chronicles his quest to learn what makes someone a great mentor. Quest genre sagas share lessons learned along the course of the journey, and usually culminate with some variation of Judy Garland's parting words in 'The Wizard of Oz': "...if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!" Liu's verbal gifts and originality enable him to avoid most, but not all, of this New Age genre's pitfalls. Liu discovers the five characteristics of great teachers, as personified by the 15 delightfully diverse mentors he interviewed: a sought-after Hollywood acting instructor, a major league pitching coach, a forensics teacher, a corporate motivational speaker and more. Liu approaches each mentor with reverent inspection, as if each unknowingly possesses a clue to the puzzle of what makes a teacher extraordinary. While the book's business relevance may be somewhat limited, Liu's essay-stories are consistently original, thoughtful and engaging. That's why we give this book a strong recommendation, particularly for coaches and trainers.
Beahelm
This engaging book is about falling in love with learning and moving learning into living.  Author Eric Liu writes, "All thinking is analogy-making.  All learning is analogy-finding.  All teaching is analogy-showing."  His book is filled with analogies drawn from his own fascinating life and from the mentors he spent two years observing and working with as he experienced their processes of teach ing and empowering.  These experiences took him to hundreds of locations including schools, a baseball training camp, dance and music studios, corporate offices, a prison, a gangland "hood" and an Ivy League college.  Liu has woven a richly colored and textured tapestry of learning from a variety of cultures and occupations, as well as failings and strivings and successes that mark contemporary life in the United States.  Every teacher and learner should own this book.
IGOT
This is a beautiful book that explores learning and mentorship in the broadest human and existential context, and draws fresh insights from this approach. Liu investigates the interaction between great teachers and their pupils not only from the standpoint of their particular craft, but the broader story of how teacher and pupil find themselves brought together, change each other as human beings, and eventually go their separate ways. It shows us how teaching can be not just a 9 to 5 gig, but perhaps the activity that shows our distinct human-ness better than any other. Anyone with interests in education and mentorship, or who has been touched by a teacher of the past, would see in this book a reflection of themselves.
Nten
This is one of the finest, most beautifully written books I have read in years. As someone who has just completed the jump from always being the protege to being both mentor and protege, I am amazed by how the stories of teaching and learning in all walks for professional life--from the boardroom to the streets to the stage to the classroom--are relevant to me. Liu's admonishment at the beginning of the book not to just read the stories that seem directly relevant was well placed. I strongly encourage everyone who is concerned about the selfishness in our society and in our professional environments to read this book. Liu's lessons will help you understand who influenced you and why--and will challenge you to pass on what you have learned to those around you. And he will give you concrete tools for doing so in a way that empowers both student and teacher. This is a book for everyone and could not have been published at a more necessary time in American history. I expect it to be (deservedly) a best seller. Liu's prose is brilliantly descriptive and evocative. You will enjoy this book very much. If you enjoy it as much as I did, then you should buy a second copy and pass it along to a friend who would benefit, and challenge them to do the same. Together, we can start a movement in this country of one-on-one life-changing transformation.
Helo
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were a variety of stories that were entertaining. The sections on the acting coach and the baseball pitcher werre especially good. My only complaint was that some of the stories went on for awhile with only a limited attempt to summarize an overall point. At times I wanted the author to "wrap up" a little more obviously.
Eric Liu clearly rights more for himself than for the reader. While the selection of teachers from various walks of life is interesting, if not inspired, Liu draws draws pedantic and commonplace lessons. If he's trying to be a teacher, he had better go back to class.
Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life ebook
Author:
Eric Liu
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