BOOK REVIEW OF
“LIFE IS NOT A CANDY STORE:
IT’S THE WAY TO THE CANDY STORE”
Title: Life is Not a Candy Store: It’s the Way to the Candy Store
By: Tal Yanai
Published by: Bat-El Publishing, 2011
Ages: Teens and Tweens
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
Tal Yanai’s book is a thoughtful exploration of how teens can overcome some of their hardest problems by turning inward and reaching for their higher power. Some of the problems that Tal discusses in his book are bullying, peer pressure, and other life’s problems that come a teen’s way. There are so many ways for teens to be hurt and bullied. One reason for this is because many teens don’t have the inner tools and skills to cope with the many decisions that they have to make as teenagers in an emotionally intelligent manner. And this can really take a toll on a teenager’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
Tal believes that teens should work on accepting themselves by allowing their souls to evolve with the help of God. Before a teen enters a road or pathway in life, (s)he should stop and think about what is most important to him/her in life. For instance, teens should determine if a particular path that they’re about to take will make them into a better person before they embark on the path. If they think it does, then they should set out on that path. However, if they don’t think that the path will lead to being their best, they should not take that path but perhaps try another one. The choice is theirs.
I absolutely love Tal’s book. We need books like this one to help teens develop their self-esteem, and to have the courage to turn inward towards that peaceful place that only they can develop and draw close to. By turning inward, teens can evolve into happy and peaceful individuals. There is too much ‘stuff’ out there for teens that doesn’t nourish their souls. Teens seem to be getting much more vulnerable and angry these days. They want everything and they’re not satisfied or content with their lives. I think Tal’s book will be very helpful for teens to develop a strong sense of self that doesn’t depend on the external world, peer pressure, and their friends. Teens don’t have to become pawns that are continuously manipulated by others in order to be happy. Instead, happiness and peace can only be found within. I will be taking Tal’s book with me and using it when I teach my Humanities course at the local high school this fall. What a great resource!
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