LifeNotes: LOVE - In Search of a Reason for Living

Compact Library Publishers

LifeNotes is an essay about life, a book about you. Its purpose is to send you on a journey through your heart, mind, and soul. If you take the journey you will find in yourself the reason for living. If you care at all about life and people and yourself, you will take the journey.
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Publisher
Compact Library Publishers
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Published on
Dec 31, 1982
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Pages
84
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ISBN
9780965523745
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / General
Religion / General
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