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  • Be Water, My Friend

  • The True Teachings of Bruce Lee
  • Written by: Shannon Lee
  • Narrated by: Shannon Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Bruce Lee's daughter illuminates her father's most powerful life philosophies and how we can apply his teachings to our daily lives.

Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless like water

Bruce Lee is a cultural icon, world renowned for his martial arts and film legacy. But Lee was also a deeply philosophical thinker, believing that martial arts are more than just an exercise in physical discipline - they are a perfect metaphor for personal growth.

In Be Water, My Friend Shannon Lee shares previously untold stories from her father's life along with the concepts at the core of his teachings. Each chapter reveals a lesson from Bruce Lee, expanding on the foundation of his iconic 'be water' philosophy to reveal a path to an enlightened way of being.

This is an inspirational call to action to consider our lives with new eyes and a testament to Lee's unique power to ignite our imaginations and transform our lives.

©2020 Shannon Lee (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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a great Book on a Legend

I've always admired Bruce Lee as a great Martial Artist and read is quotes but never knew his philosophy about life and martial arts. it was an enlightening experience to know about the legend that there is way more than Martial Arts. it was like, a philosopher's journey and experiences, I am listening to. Be Water My Friend...a perfect title amd very well written, explained and expressed by author.
this is recommended for everyone ... Be it Martial arts lovers or not, interested in Philosophy or in Bruce Lee, its about life he lived and the way he paved for future generations to follow.
again kudos to the author. thanks for bringing this book. Respect !!

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BAD Audio NARRATION kills priceless content.

Such a lovely book but the experience of listening to this audio book is unfortunately very disappointing. The narrator doesn't understand pacing while reading an audio book. There is no pause, there is no tempo, there is no voice modulation. The narrator needs to take a breather and stop running through the book mindlessly & in a hurry. The narrator loses out on the most essential element of an audio book : "The Art of Story Telling" that can keep the reader engrossed and involved with the experience of listening to an audio book.

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  • Cassie
  • 19-10-20

Excellent voyage

After this, the book will stay next to my pillow. Excellent book, Bruce discovered. Adore

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  • Tony McGuigan
  • 27-11-21

Excellent Book

This book is so philosophically enlightening. Since I child I have been fascinated with Bruce Lee. His legacy will always be timeless. His daughter Shannon has written a masterpiece.

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  • Steve
  • 01-09-22

worth it

Essential listening/reading for any student of JKD.

In memory of a once fluid man, crammed & distorted by the classical mess.

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  • TH
  • 10-06-22

Fantastic read!

One of the best self-help books I've listened. Hugely inspirational and one I'll be returning to often.

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  • Rusted Faith
  • 21-04-22

The most human way to live your life

There are few books that aim to show you "the way" that have as much heartfelt humanity and personal experience than this book. Shannon Lee does an immense job of narrating her words. And the deep dive into Bruce Lee's philosophies are not only revelatory but actionable.



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  • Robert O
  • 14-04-22

Very good self development book

Amazing story and insight into Bruce Lee and his philosophy. I didn't aspect the book to be so focused into self development. A truly helpful book for anyone

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  • Salimide
  • 19-02-22

Really makes you think

Wow, I am impressed. I didn't expect this book to be so much of a self-help book. I chose it mainly because I love martial arts. I enjoy many aspects being discussed like your relationship to your teacher which Bruce Lee takes on a new perspective. Discussing competition, reacting to your sparring partner.
Shannon takes this to a different level and associates this technique to everyday life, how we react to people and situations. How we ideally can be empty, non-judgemental and try to live our best life.

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  • Aaron
  • 15-02-22

I Really Enjoyed It!

I thought Shannon Lee did a great job giving me an insight into Bruce Lee's wisdom and thought process. I definitely plan to listen to again down the road

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  • H. Winels
  • 07-02-22

Empty Your Cup

I'd never really heard of Bruce Lee before my husband made me watch one of the stories of his life. Since that moment, since hearing the water analogy, I've been looking for a way to tap into his way of thinking.
Shannon writes a very insightful book on ways in which to dissect the analogy (and others) from Bruce Lees writings and presents them in a way that is easy to apply to your own life and thought process.
As someone who is often consumed by too many sticky thoughts, the idea of emptying your cup really hits home and it reminds me to stay fluid in my thinking.
So thank you for taking the time to put this all down on paper. It's been so helpful. Such a revolutionary story and such an interesting and wise perspective.

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  • SvP
  • 04-11-21

Good book!

A beautifully narrated book about the personal life and values and philosophy of Bruce Lee. Not your usual self-help book as it’s very realistic and non-judgemental. Immensely enjoyed this!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-22

Inspiring Words Of Wisdom

Very inspirational, and uplifting
Definitely recommend this, even if you are not a martial artist
Great job, Shannon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-21

Insightful

Shannon Lee has captured the essence of what it means to be human. She is continuing the legacy of Bruce Lee, in a style that carries the spirit and understanding of who Bruce Lee was and what he stood for - she also carries a rare insight as Bruce Lee’s daughter, as well as someone who has lived and studied “the way” of being. Shannon is her own person, I respect her as a martial artist and friend to fellow people. Thank you for an amazing tome of understanding, knowledge, and insight into what it means to be like water.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-21

Watered down rehashed non sense.

Seems like a money grab. The warrior within is a much better insight into how Bruce became BL that we know now. This is simply a rehash of the same old content that was available nearly 50 years ago. The paper back is $$$. I cannot express how rubbish this is. Do yourself a favour listen to the warrior within or read the tao of gung fu. skip this crap. wish I could get a refund.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-21

Psychology 101...be strong in a cruel world.

In an attempt to sell conformation to not allow life to affect one as a psychological concept, the author failed to respect it as a Bruce Lee biography. Stuff according to Shannon would have been a more appropriate heading. Low key writing and and poor word choice at times.