I've essentially read it now, and its good points outweigh the less good points. I mostly read it by...moreOh, how I wish this book had a less smarmy title.
I've essentially read it now, and its good points outweigh the less good points. I mostly read it by skimming, except that today I sat down and read three of the key chapters ("Satisfaction with the past", "Optimism in the future", and "Happiness in the present") properly from start to finish.
I was already familiar with Seligman from some work on Signature Strengths, to which I was introduced by a Stephanie Dowrick book.
There's a lot of good value in this book. But I still wish the title was less smarmy.(less)
Read this in the space of a few hours sitting in the City of Sydney Library on 10 July 2009. I began flicking through it and decided it looked sensibl...moreRead this in the space of a few hours sitting in the City of Sydney Library on 10 July 2009. I began flicking through it and decided it looked sensible enough to read, so I settled down to it.
From my perspective, the major plus of this book (and Smedes’) is the Christian perspective. Both books (I really shouldn’t be writing the review of both at once, especially as I haven’t yet finished Smedes) acknowledge that one can find oneself shamed by the church: in other words, the church is part of the problem. It’s because of these books that I’ve begun to be able to identify when I’m having a “guilt attack” – I don’t yet have good ways of dealing with those attacks, but I do at least know when they’re happening.
This book is one of the many good, serendipitous moments of this holiday. (less)