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Book Review: New Language for Life: Happy No Matter What! by Louis Koster

Dr. Louis Koster is a distinguished humanitarian who served for over ten
years as a medical doctor for Doctors Without Borders. He worked in the
war zones of Bosnia, the Sudan, Angola, Liberia and with Afghan refugees
in Pakistan, and Cuban refugees in Guantanamo Bay. For his humanitarian
efforts, Dr. Koster has received numerous awards and has appeared on radio
and TV. As an international expert in public health, Dr. Koster has had the
opportunity to observe first-hand the languages of the world. With an ability
to speak six different languages, he brings his wisdom and a new language
for life to groups and organizations globally. For the past decade, the Holland
native has practiced medicine in Australia, where he lives with his wife and
daughter. A New Language for Life is his first book.

Join me in welcoming Dr. Koster here today on his virtual tour across the Web
through a review of his book.

Louis Koster
New Language for Life
Morgan James Publishing, 2013, 216 pages, $17.95
ISBN: 9781614483533
(Nonfiction, Memoir)

“If you are to become what you can be, you must stop being what you are.”

Koster opens his book with his struggles of becoming a medical professional.
Being rejected by the Pediatrics Department due to his stammering leaves him
stunned. But he doesn’t give up on his dream of becoming a doctor. That leads
him to a search for himself, the path to controlling one’s own destiny, rather
than doing what others want you to do. His final goal is to show how one can
be happy no matter what.

Koster attempts to explain his theory by what he calls the pearls of wisdom.
According to him the first step is to permit yourself to just be. When you do so
you’ll experience joy and happiness because these states are the “true nature of
being.” The next pearl is confidence, if you are confident there is no longer a
need for outside validation or comparison to others. Your relationships will be
more fulfilling. Next up is to stop listening to your inner critic. You’re the only
one who knows what’s best for you. Trust yourself and you’ll be happier in the
long run. In part two, Koster discusses the insight, only you can make yourself
by ignoring them.happy. He urges readers to stop acting on excuses  Accept
reality as it is, not by what opinions and beliefs claim it to be.

Koster writes in a style that is easy to understand. In a sample page only
twenty-eight percent of the words are six letters or more. This simplicity
makes for a quick read. With short chapters it is also a great carry-along for
those waiting room reading opportunities.

I liked the overall idea of what he is saying, but in today’s world it is hard to
picture that everyone, without exception, has the capacity to make himself
happy. I liked the layout, the large amount of white space, making it easy on
the eyes to read the book. I liked that he included some appendixes at the end,
especially the one with comparisons of the language of birth versus the new
language of life. I didn’t always agree with the terminology used. Perhaps this
was because I had just finished reading two of Dr. Phil’s books. Koster used
words like “insight” and “coming home” for concepts that, I feel, are greater
than the simple definition of these terms. But overall, this was an interesting
read, a unique perspective of a feel good aspect of life, and a nice quick easy read.

To visit other stops on Koster’s virtual book tour visit www.louiskoster.com/book

His book New Language for Life is available on Amazon.

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