Review of Shannon Lee’s Book: Be Water, My Friend

Be Water, My Friend by Shannon Lee is an insightful and inspiring book that explores the life and philosophy of her father, the legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. Shannon Lee, who is also the CEO of the Bruce Lee Family Companies, has written a book that not only honors her father’s legacy but also shares valuable lessons that can be applied to everyday life.

The book is divided into three parts, each of which delves into a different aspect of Bruce Lee’s philosophy. The first part, “The Path,” explores Bruce Lee’s personal journey and his development as a martial artist and philosopher. The second part, “The Way,” focuses on Bruce Lee’s principles of martial arts and how they can be applied to all areas of life. The final part, “The Goal,” discusses how to live a fulfilling life and achieve one’s dreams.

Throughout the book, Shannon Lee weaves in personal anecdotes and stories about her father that give readers a deeper understanding of his philosophy and character. She also includes quotes from Bruce Lee’s writings and interviews, which are thought-provoking and insightful. Even though Bruce Lee died when Shannon was just four years old, she has a unique perspective on his life. As she says in the book, “I know him in a way that’s unclouded by any conflicts or hurts, jealousies or competition, or even any overly romanticized notions. I know his love, his energy signature. I know it because in our formative years, that is how we know our parents—through what we take in through our senses.”

One of the most compelling aspects of Be Water, My Friend is the way in which Shannon Lee contextualizes Bruce Lee’s philosophy in the modern world. She shows how his teachings can be applied to everything from leadership and business to relationships and personal growth. The book is not just a tribute to her father but also a guide for readers who are looking to live a more meaningful and purposeful life.

Overall, Be Water, My Friend is an excellent book that will appeal to fans of Bruce Lee, as well as those who are interested in philosophy and self-improvement. Shannon Lee has done an admirable job of distilling her father’s teachings into a cohesive and accessible format, and her love and respect for him shine through on every page.

Be Water My Friend - Book Cover

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