What an interesting book! I must admit, boasting that this is "an essential guide to life" does make me a bit skeptical of such a strong claim, but I think this book lived up to that title pretty well. I don't often listen to a lot of motivational books and speakers, but I must say that I related to a lot of what Deitch was saying in this book. Deitch writes in a very accessible, simple, and precise writing style that really made this book a pleasant breeze to read through. Deitch doesn't necessarily say anything in this book that is exceptionally groundbreaking or offer many new ideas, but he does emphasize a lot of ideas and areas where we can look in our lives to improve and learn from. Overall, I really would recommend this to fans of motivational/self-help books and those who don't normally read them alike.