The Library Is Open again! Why? Because reading is fundamental. In this video, self-help author Andrew Matthews reads from Follow Your Heart, a book he wrote for folks who hate their jobs. The chapter he’s selected talks about the lessons we learn from the disasters we face.

Matthews is one of Australia’s bestselling self-help authors. He has written and illustrated nine books since 1988 including Being Happy!, Happiness In Hard Times and How Life Works. He also co-wrote Stop The Bullying with his Malaysian wife, Julie Matthews.

According to his website andrewmatthews.com, Follow Your Heart is about “doing what you love, dealing with bills and broken legs, discovering your own power, finding peace of mind, dealing with disasters, not blaming your mother, and how happy people think”.

You can also follow Matthews at facebook.com/AndrewMatthewsAuthor/.


The Library Is Open is an exclusive video book series featuring authors, writers, authors, poets, playwrights and screenwriters reading their work. All episodes are directed and produced by Ian Lau and Lennard Gui for FCX (Features Central Exclusive).

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