One of my all-time favorite books is the Tao Te Ching. I've mentioned this book several times on the podcast and various other blogs. There are tons of translations available, but my favorite happens to come from the late Dr. Wayne Dyer. The book is called, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.
In this book, he writes a short essay on each of the 81 verses found within the Tao Te Ching. He provides a modern translation of each verse to make it easier to understand in today's times, and offers some guidance on how to apply the teachings in everyday life. It's a fantastic book. It's always on my reading list as I immediately start it over once I finish it. I usually do one verse a night and simmer on it's teachings and how I can use those to better my life.
Below is a PBS Special that was dedicated to this topic, presented by Wayne Dyer himself. It's a wonderful presentation and overall good summary about the teachings of the Tao, and what can be found within. I highly recommend you watch it and check out the book yourself
So, what is the Tao Te Ching?
In ancient China, the keeper of the Imperial Library, Lao Tzu, was famous for his wisdom. Perceiving the growing corruption of the government, he left for the countryside. On his way, the guard at the city gates asked Lao Tzu to write out the essence of his understanding to benefit future generations. Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching, left, and was never heard of again.
The book is broken out into 81 "verses", with each discussing something different. Anything from the nature of reality, governments, love, truth, happiness, and so much more.