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No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You!
by Louise Lewis   

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Copyright:  May 2007 ISBN-13:  9780595429714

Losing a job always delivers a hard blow, but it was especially hard for forty-something author Louise Lewis, one of many victims of the technology industry's dotcom implosion. No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You! tells the story of how she pulled herself together and discovered a new life of meaning.

No Experts Needed

Just minutes after being "set free", Lewis, a single woman with a mortgage to pay, sits in the San Jose, California, airport panicking over her future. While toying with the option of giving into depression, she receives a powerful message from God that instantly releases the weight of her worries. "This is just a new chapter in your life. You hold the pen, I'll guide your hand, and together we'll write one hell of a chapter." Through Spirit's continued involvement, Lewis is inspired to ask normal, everyday people to answer Spirit's question: what is the meaning of life?

No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You! weaves through a vast collection of spontaneous, thought-provoking answers and inspirational stories that demonstrate how the simple act of listening to Spirit can add meaning to every moment of your life.



I have always believed that everyone has a book in them. They merely have to take a look at their lives, past or present, to realize that life is indeed stranger than fiction. More likely than not, everyone’s lives would make for quite an entertaining story, to say the least.

Now I’m not saying that I think everyone’s book would be worthy of a Pulitzer or be chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. You’re holding the evidence to back up that statement on both accounts. But I do think there is something special and unique about each of our lives that should be written down and then shared with others. Having said all of that, I was totally unaware of the book that was lurking deep inside of me. I discovered it (or rather it discovered me) when I unexpectedly began a new chapter in my life.

The story I’m sharing with you began when I was set free (laid off) from my job of eleven years selling advertising space for publications in high tech. Being set free simultaneously marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life. From day one of this new chapter, many truths were revealed to me. For instance, I immediately interpreted being set free from my job as something positive from which I would later benefit, rather than something negative that I would be challenged to overcome. Even though it would’ve been easy to panic about no longer having a source of income, I chose not to waste any energy thinking about the negative aspect of the situation.

Another truth that revealed itself was the knowledge that I was supposed to take advantage of the rare opportunity of having some time off. Therefore, I didn’t immediately start looking for another job. Granted, with no source of income, this was an odd decision to make. However, I had worked nonstop since the age of sixteen, and I felt that I deserved some time away from the rat race. That was my story, and I faithfully stuck to it. more at:

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Reviewed by Shannon Evans 7/20/2007
No Experts Needed is a refreshing collection of true stories of inspiration and introspection. Author Louise Lewis, faced with being “set free” from corporate America and yet still having bills to pay, set forth on a magnificent personal journey of self-reflection. Searching for herself, a spiritual unfolding occurred as she searched for that ever elusive, “what is the meaning of life?” Following a particularly poignant epiphany in the San Jose airport, Lewis decided to follow her “Spirit’s” advice and get done with the pity party, dust herself off, and pick up a pen. What follows is her discovery of everyday people whose experiences and insights to life’s meaning pull her to a new chapter in her own life.
Inspired by an episode of Oprah, this debut novel is organized around a series of vignettes and personal anecdotes of Lewis’ family, friends, and others she meets as she seeks healing and an affirmation of her own spirit. To each person encountered, Lewis poses the same simple question, “What is the meaning of life?” and is rewarded with beautiful prose delivered straight from their soul. While sometimes folksy in delivery, the message is never repetitive or boring. No Experts Needed warmly develops the story of each person as a lead-in to their uniquely individual interpretation of the meaning of life. It is apparent throughout the book that Lewis is inspired by the normal everyday people she interviews; however, all evidence of bias is removed by her provocative but spontaneous writing style. Never preachy or sermonizing, the book fosters the reader in their own exploration of Spirit as they seek their individual interpretation of life. Lewis presents an original yet inspirational text that explores her journey to overcome fear and self-doubt. Encouraging, graceful, and inspirational in its message, No Experts Needed provides simple insights that allow the reader to make their own judgments and generalizations as they examine their unique perspective of life’s meaning.

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