Here is what I think is Merlin’s single greatest idea: Magic surrounds us and lives in every person.
My nonfiction book, The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life, expands on that idea. This book holds Merlin’s magical insights – including his seven most magical words – and how they apply to our own lives.
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-399-17325-7
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I’m happy to share with you Merlin’s seven most magical words in the universe – plus one more word that empowers them all. Courage and Knowledge are the two of Merlin’s seven words…watch to learn what Merlin would say about their power.
“You will be enlightened and uplifted by this simple but profound book. And you will see how starting your day with gratitude will lead you through some wondrous other ideals culminating with generosity, hope, and love.”
— Walter Isaacson, Bestselling Author and Biographer
“A book that demonstrates beautifully just what a meaningful life can be.”
— Geo Librarian
“Words to live by! Perfect for a graduate’s gift.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“New York Times bestselling author T.A. Barron spent decades creating the magical image of Merlin the wizard and sharing his wisdom with children and young adults through the beloved 12-book Merlin Saga series. Now, he’s bringing back his recognized (and revered) character to answer a question anyone experiencing a dramatic change in his or her life wants, on some level, to ask.
“This thought exercise inspired a celebrated speech at Oxford University in 2013, which in turn inspired a new book, The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. Inside, Barron uses Merlin’s voice to explain how each person can find and travel along his or her own unique path in life. He reveals how magic surrounds and lives within each and every person — we just have to be willing to search for it.”
— Huffington Post
It is a wonderful little book. A short, quick read that deserves to be read a second time. And a third time. Actually, it should be read once a week for a lifetime!
— Richard C. Owen, Publisher
“There are many motivational books in the publishing world, but few are as poetic, caring, and thoughtful as Barron’s The Wisdom of Merlin. Like Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Barron uses a character and world he has lovingly created to set up an inspiring conversation between readers and the all-knowing, mythical wizard. Readers learn how they can make a difference by understanding the meaning behind each of Merlin’s magical terms. An enriching, wonderful book great for fantasy fans, high school or college graduates, or for the reader who needs a loving pick-me-up.”
— Children’s Compass Chronicle
“It’s beautiful and inspiring and fairly bursting with optimism. Kids and adults would all do well to listen to the sage and up-to-date advice of the ancient wizard Merlin (as presented by T.A. Barron). Even if you’ve never read T.A. Barron’s Merlin series (and why haven’t you?), you’ll find much to love here. The short chapters and slim size mean even reluctant readers could handle this. Bonus: This book makes an excellent graduation gift or even a birthday gift for a special someone in your life.”
— My Brain on Books
The Wisdom of Merlin is a short read but is full to the brim with big ideas. Sections focusing on gratitude, courage, knowledge, belief, wonder, generosity, hope and love are presented as simple, easily understood concepts and each section contains a short passage about how Merlin incorporates the concept into his world, along with a description of the word some simple ways to increase your experience with the concept and bring an overall happiness and peace to your daily life.
— Kelly’s Thoughts on Things
“The Wisdom of Merlin poetically explores the concepts of Gratitude, Courage, Knowledge, Belief, Wonder, Generosity, Hope, and Love. A gem of inspiration, this is the perfect graduation gift, sure to encourage readers of all ages to live life to the fullest.”
— MBR Bookwatch
“Based on an address he gave to students at the University of Oxford in 2013, T.A. Barron channels the wizard Merlin and offers advice on how to live a meaningful life. Divided into sections, each revolving around a magical word, this book poetically explores the concepts of Gratitude, Courage, Knowledge, Belief, Wonder, Generosity, Hope and Love.”
“A gem of inspiration, here is the perfect graduation gift or companion to the bestselling Merlin Saga, sure to encourage readers of all ages to live life to the fullest.”
— Book Passage
“BEAUTIFUL book. I just love it. Wise words indeed.”
— Laura Evans, Fox WTTG Newsroom, Washington, D.C.
“This is a perfect book for the student graduating from high school or college.”
— Youth Services Book Reviews