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I like to think of myself as someone with a good degree of common sense, which is why I took today's book off the shelf: The 10 Commandments of Common Sense: Wisdom From the Scriptures For People of All Beliefs by Hal Urban (Fireside, 259 pages, $22)...

The 10 Commandments of Common Sense

I'm also a list-maker, which is another reason Urban's book appealed to me. He apparently is one, too. His previous books include, Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter and Choices That Change Lives: 15 Ways to Find More Purpose, Meaning and Joy. So here's a guy who's spent a lot of time "self-actualizing." He admits as much as he recounts his own spiritual journey at the end of the book.

The 10 Commandments of Common Sense will appeal to those who enjoy Bible study and are open to the idea that all faiths are legitimate. Me — I admit I just wanted the list, which he separates into five do's and five don'ts. The don'ts come first:

1. Don't be seduced by popular culture. It prevents you from thinking for yourself.

2. Don't fall in love with money and possessions. It will make you greedy and shallow.

3. Don't use destructive language. It hurts others as well as yourself.

4. Don't judge other people. It's better to work on your own faults.

5. Don't let anger get out of control. It can wreck relationships and ruin lives.

6. Keep a positive outlook on life. It's the first step toward joy.

7. Bring out the best in other people. It's better to build up than to tear down.

8. Have impeccable integrity. It brings peace of mind and a reputation of honor.

9. Help those in need. It really is better to give than to receive.

10. Do everything in love. It's the only way to find true peace and fulfillment.

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These rules remind me of Max Ehrman's Desiderata; beautiful, simple and necessary tools of joyful living.

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