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I read this in a book club of 40-some year olds who are well on the path of seeking wellness, self-education, and self-improvement. (We had just finished The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.) The first four chapters found us wanting to quit the book due to lack of substance. We stuck it through to the end, though, because we know that every endeavor can teach us something, and we wanted to give this young writer a chance. Chapter 5, 6, and 7 felt like a different writer, bringing much more "meat." However, the author's approach is reckless in that she asks the reader to review the deepest hurts of their lives in order to contrast how many successes they can also count, YET she does not give them TOOLS to deal with the dangers of this instruction. With so many comments focusing on love relationships, it seems the financially stable-ish 18- to 24-year-old person is the target audience. HOWEVER, I would recommend a person who is young to read a book by an older writer who is *professionally trained in the field* in order to get more out of the experience. The author's effort and love to help others is nice, but her skill and wisdom is lacking, making this an overall unfruitful read. (Our next book is Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown.)
There were some messages in this book that chimed with me and I agree that by having a better awareness of ourselves, better appreciation of our worth and living in thr moment etc. can lead to a happier, healthier life. However, I found some parts of the book to be over-simplifed - the little things, like- just learn to let things go; just move on; do your washing on a set day to get your environment right. I'm not sure that it always takes it the complexities of different peoples contexts at all times and also it does always offer the practical steps to help us do that. It does however pose some big questions that are worth thinking about.
some of the concepts were okay but the writing is difficult to grasp, it kind of just lets you figure out the deeper parts of what’s being said and leaves things hanging. i just found it disorienting and what the author said didn’t stick with me or have any kind of effect
I don’t think I’ve ever written a review for a book, but I really loved reading this. I’ve read multiple books about changing thought patterns and this was the first one that gave me multiple “aha” moments in personal development.