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About The Book
What wisdom can equip us best for the journey of life? A young boy and his uncle are traveling across the desert in Egypt in 1934, on their way to Cairo. During a rest at a beautiful oasis, the older man decides to begin preparing his nephew for the future. So, as the days pass, they talk about such things as inner peace, the challenge of change, the dynamic nature of balance, how things can help or harm us, the true power of the mind, the hidden structures of our world, the importance of wisdom, the elements of human nature, the necessity of love, the requirements of success, and the world’s strangest gift of all - uncertainty. The boy keeps a diary. And what he learns on this adventure may be as life changing for readers as it is for him.
Philosopher Tom Morris has produced a gem of a book that’s packed with insights for life and work today. You’ll find in this short tale a profusion of vivid images, profound reminders, and new perspectives that can help greatly as you grapple at the interface of desire and difficulty throughout your own journey. There is deep and simple wisdom to be gained about how to deal with the opportunities and obstacles that are everywhere in this world. You’ll find much of it here, in this brief but rich account of one remarkable trip.
We can all cultivate the oasis within, of which this book speaks, and it will provide a source of peace and power that can lead to remarkable outer results.
Recent readers of The Oasis Within, The Golden Palace, and The Stone of Giza compare the series to "The Alchemist Meets Harry Potter Meets Indiana Jones." Others note similarities to Dan Brown and even talk of "The Hardy Boys Meet Aristotle." One fan writes, "While reading the books, I felt like I was 13 years old again." Another says, "As I was reading these books, I felt just like I did when I was reading Harry Potter for the first time!"
What's Published and What's Next?
The Oasis Within is a prologue to the epic adventure series of philosophical novels entitled "Walid and the Mysteries of Phi." The series will consist of at least seven books. See the list below for publication information.
New! Volume 6: Published September 2018
Volume Six: The Magic Ring
DEEP PHILOSOPHY IN DARK TIMES
A mysterious man who may be a monster of legend is out for revenge, and no one who captures his attention is safe. The man is seeking esoteric forms of spiritual power that will allow him to rule and control the nation of Egypt, as a first step, and then possibly the rest of the world. A few remarkable people in Cairo have blocked his previous efforts at accumulating strange power, and now he’s hoping to kill them all. In the midst of some very surprising assaults, accidents, and deaths, a myriad of incredible positive insights will come to light.
This is the sixth volume in the series, Walid and the Mysteries of Phi. And it may contain the deepest philosophy of all the books. Amid rough kidnappings, heinous murders, and a variety of ongoing threats to the kingdom, there is a remarkable oasis of calm during a birthday party for the king. But then, the most unexpected thing happens. Someone passes through the ultimate portal of death and discovers secrets we all need to know. There is a tragic loss, and then another, and a personal transformation like nothing you’ve ever seen. A final confrontation with evil will leave you wondering not only what has happened, but what in the world it means.
Walid Shabeezar, Mafulla Adi, and their good friends Kissa and Hasina, along with their wider circle of schoolmates, family members, and older supporters, find themselves living through stark challenges and difficult adventures where all is at stake. There are also jokes aplenty, bizarre surprises, and unexpected life lessons around almost every corner, thanks in part to Plato, among other people.
Volume Five: The Mysterious Village
Mystery and intrigue abound in this fifth volume of the philosophical adventure series, Walid and the Mysteries of Phi. It’s soon going to be Prince Walid Shabeezar’s fourteenth birthday. And his creative best friend Mafulla Adi gives him an early birthday present that unknowingly anticipates the most unusual and dangerous adventure they will ever have experienced together.
Strange things are happening in various parts of Egypt and across North Africa. A new threat is on the horizon. It seems that an utterly amoral and unprincipled individual is seeking power beyond anything ever witnessed, or even imagined. And his quest is about to endanger the boys and all their friends in the most harrowing way ever.
The previous books in this series have brought us mystery, humor, profound ideas, and a touch of true romance as the real action kicked into high gear. In The Mysterious Village, the ongoing story will take us to even deeper and more unexpected places. The philosophical ideas will be deep and surprising.
Prologue: The Oasis Within - Published, Fall, 2015
Book One: The Golden Palace - Published, Spring, 2016
Book Two: The Stone of Giza - Published, Fall, 2016
Book Three: The Viper and the Storm - Published, Spring, 2017
Book Four: The King and Prince - Published, Fall, 2017
Book Five: The Mysterious Village - Published, Summer, 2018
Book Six: The Magic Ring - Published, Fall 2018 and Now Available
Book Seven: The Ancient Scroll - Forthcoming Spring 2018
"Thank you, Tom, for writing this masterpiece for us. Full of words of wisdom that we can use in life." - Vinod Rangra, as pictured above in India.
Early Praise for The Oasis Within
"The Oasis Within shows the charming and enchanting power of an exquisitely wrought story to contextualize and bring truth to life. Tom Morris, one of the leading public intellectuals and philosophers in the world today, finds a new way to weave his magic and share wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of studying the classics of literature. He illustrates with simplicity and grace the power of those timeless and transcultural truths that we all need in our lives. This artful collection of short and potent vignettes has the potential to be a classic, read with profit—and savored—by young and old alike." - David Baggett, Ph.D., Editor of Harry Potter and Philosophy, and co-author of Good God, and God and Cosmos, among other books
"Tom Morris brings a calm and grounded focus to what it is to have a truly happy and meaningful life. By combining humor and simplicity with traditional philosophical principles, this story shows us how to create our own oasis from within and inspire those around us to do the same." - David Mcwilliams, Managing Director, UBS Financial Services
"Tom Morris is one of the great storytellers of our time, and it’s delightful that he has decided to convey such important ideas in story form." - Robert Herrmann, CEO, Discovery Company
"If Plato had written his dialogues for modern readers, they might have looked like Tom Morris’ The Oasis Within. In the context of an adventure story, a young Egyptian boy, Walid, is gently prepared for his future by his uncle, Ali. Ali speaks with all the accumulated practical wisdom of Tom Morris, who has spent his highly successful professional and publishing life bringing the philosophical insights of the ages to the American public. As readers follow Walid's journey, they will learn along with him the valuable wisdom that might just change their own lives as well." - Keith Wyma, Ph.D., Chair, Dept. of Philosophy, Whitworth University, and Co-Director, Whitworth University Center for Ethics
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