Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Book Review for Life Is Not A Candy Store, It's The Way to The Candy Store by Tal Yanai

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Life Is Not a Candy Store: It’s the Way to the Candy Store.
Writting by: Tal Yanai
Publisher: Bat-El Publishing
ISBN Number: 978-0-9832025-0-9
Publication Date: June 15, 2011
Genre of Book: juvenile nonfiction/body, mind and spirit


For two years he worked as an historical analyst at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg after the filming of Schindler’s List. As part of his job, he listened every day to testimonies of Holocaust survivors. Many were children or teenagers during WWII and their stories greatly influenced Tal’s decision to become involved with educating youth, so he proceeded to get his Teaching Credential in Social Studies.

Bringing two wonderful children into the world gave him a new sense of urgency to share and teach everything he’s learned about God and spirituality. Today, Tal teaches Hebrew and Judaic Studies in Temple Beth Hillel in the San Fernando Valley as he continues his quest to explore the meaning of soul and achieve his full potential as a spiritual teacher.


This story is a spiritual guide to the road of life for teens, so it begins with the reader deciding which road they need to take. Every person comes to a crossroads. Should I stay home and study or should I go and party? Teens often forget that there are consequences to their actions, which brings up the authors next chapters, Learning to Take First Steps, Dead-End Roads, Lessons We Learn, Being Aware, and more.

The author discusses some great topics, such as bullying, gossiping, jealousy and lying, with each chapter bringing up some great examples of right and wrong. Activities are also provided for some chapters for the reader to look at themselves and record information or to just see inside of themselves. This helps the reader to make changes in their lives they feel they need to make. This book doesn't sugar coat the information but delivers it with the wisdom of someone who has experienced lifes many tribulations and has found a way out of the darkness into the light of happiness.

Being a teenager is hard. School is difficult, then dealing with friends, pressure and some meaningless distractions and frivolity. Let's face it, teenagers spend most of their time at school and with their friends so who are they really listening to? Assuredly not the parents 100% of the time which means that a teen will go astray just out of the sheer truth that teenagers think mostly of themselves.

This book helps teens think more clearly about their purpose in life and to help with the many issues that they face on a daily basis. Bullying, getting and/or feeling hurt. Peer pressure and feeling overwhelmed with the demands that are put upon them. We are here to explore and to learn, and yes, we are going to make mistakes, but we pray that the mistakes we make are not ones we will seriously regret. The goal is to get on that right path from the start so we can be happy with ourselves and the paths we're on. The most important thing that we need to remember is that we can change that path whenever we want, but it is up to us to do it and to realize where we went astray.

Teens will enjoy this 76 page guide and will learn new ways to overcome life's many challenges. Adults will also find wisdom from it's pages.

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  1. Thanks for sharing about Tal Yanai and his book on your blog. He's a great guy.

  2. Your welcome! He did bring up some great insight into a teen's world.

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